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I have noticed that the numbers of indexed URLs from the sitemaps of my main site have been steadily reduced in the last two days. The reduction rate is about 5% per day. This drop takes place in all sub-directories and also shows on the results of a site command search. However, it seems that the fully indexed pages are not affected. Does anyone experience this?
My own theory is that old historic links that we used to have from education sites that are no longer there had been kept to give link weight... and suddenly now have been killed off.
[edited by: Johan007 at 12:14 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2008]
If natural links are so great why would big brands be faking their links?Two wrongs don't make a right. santapaws each market and topic require different strategies. News type sites only require natural linking and my site has only had a small hit and I am sure it will be back at the top soon.
[edited by: Johan007 at 11:17 am (utc) on Mar. 20, 2008]
The bottom line for me is that I have a bunch of link building to do. It's not that Google dropped my sites. It's that Google raised other sites. I bemoan link building in one-time-purchase B2C categories. *sigh*
One thing I am seeing are Chinese operated .com websites. I am going to call these the Triads because it's like the whole mainland China website community has decided to create trusted networks by linking to each other in a non-obvious fashion.
Of course I am still seeing my not-so-favorite text link buyers and some blatent old skool BH.
I will tall you guys that if you are using webmaster tools and see a drop in traffic, you might want to make sure there are no errors reported in WMT. recently i noticed that we will drop traffic and there will be ONE little error in one of the sitemaps and I fix it then things start coming back.
On one of my most important and most monetized pages our ranking in the SERPs has been incredibly erratic. This is happening without our making any significant changes to the page. Below is just one of hundreds of examples showing our ranking in Google. At first I thought this was related to the Position 6 Penalty. I even discussed it with a very key person at Google. Soon after that discussion we saw our results go back to pre Jan 26 levels. But today we are once again experiencing some kind of penalty or filtering affect. We are in an extremely competitive and often times spammy industry, however we are Totally White Hat.
Any insight would be appreciated.
Keyword Placement Over Time
Mar 21, 2008 9,999
Mar 20, 2008 4
Mar 19, 2008 4
Mar 18, 2008 9,999
Mar 17, 2008 9,999
Mar 16, 2008 9,999
Mar 15, 2008 9,999
Mar 14, 2008 4
Mar 13, 2008 4
Mar 12, 2008 4
Mar 11, 2008 3
Mar 10, 2008 4
Mar 9, 2008 9,999
Mar 8, 2008 9,999
Mar 7, 2008 9,999
Mar 6, 2008 9,999
Mar 5, 2008 9,999
Mar 3, 2008 9,999
Mar 2, 2008 9,999
Mar 1, 2008 9,999
Feb 29, 2008 9,999
Feb 28, 2008 9,999
Feb 26, 2008 9,999
Feb 25, 2008 9,999
Feb 24, 2008 4
Feb 23, 2008 9,999
Feb 22, 2008 9,999
Feb 21, 2008 9,999
Feb 20, 2008 9,999
Feb 19, 2008 9,999
Feb 18, 2008 9,999
Feb 17, 2008 9,999
Feb 16, 2008 9,999
Feb 15, 2008 9,999
Feb 14, 2008 9,999
Feb 13, 2008 9,999
Feb 12, 2008 9,999
Feb 11, 2008 9,999
Feb 10, 2008 4
Feb 9, 2008 9,999
Feb 8, 2008 9,999
Feb 7, 2008 9,999
Feb 6, 2008 9,999
Feb 5, 2008 9,999
Feb 4, 2008 9,999
Feb 2, 2008 9,999
Feb 1, 2008 9,999
Jan 31, 2008 9,999
Jan 30, 2008 9,999
Jan 29, 2008 9,999
Jan 28, 2008 9,999
Jan 27, 2008 9,999
Jan 26, 2008 9,999
Jan 25, 2008 4
Jan 24, 2008 4
Jan 23, 2008 4
Jan 22, 2008 4
Jan 21, 2008 4
Jan 20, 2008 4
Jan 19, 2008 4
Jan 18, 2008 4
Jan 17, 2008 4
Jan 16, 2008 4
Jan 15, 2008 4
Jan 14, 2008 4
Jan 13, 2008 4
Jan 12, 2008 4
Jan 11, 2008 5
Jan 10, 2008 5
Jan 9, 2008 5
Jan 8, 2008 5
Jan 7, 2008 5
Jan 6, 2008 5
Jan 5, 2008 5
Jan 4, 2008 5
Jan 3, 2008 5
Jan 2, 2008 5
Jan 1, 2008 5
[edited by: tedster at 7:56 pm (utc) on Mar. 21, 2008]
My site just dropped out of the Google universe today. We've been up in the top 10 since the beginning of Google!
What could have caused such a complete ban?
I did a Google index check using info:mysite.org and got
"Sorry, no information is available for the URL mysite.org"
Gone. Vanished. All day too. I check every hour.
Not just demoted to #800 or so. Gone.
Are they updating? New algo? New penalty for over-SEO that we might have just crossed?
It just happened today. We were up in our usual spot yesterday.
[edited by: tedster at 3:10 am (utc) on Mar. 22, 2008]
However, I suggest that these site owners check into some basics that they may not have looked at for a long time:
1. Check your robots.txt and make sure it hasn't been hacked. Lots of this going on right now.
2. Check your pages look for the injection of hidden links in your source code. There's lots of "parasite hosting" out in the wild.
3. Check your Webmaster Tools account, or set one up and then check it. Don't take it as gospel, because sometimes the reports in there get buggy - but consider any spidering errors you see. And if your trouble is very recent, check in regularly for a while. Sometimes the reporting lags behind a bit.
If you site totally vanished, as in "No results" and you know your site is fine, it may be a glitch and wait for a few days before going totally nuts. Google rarely removes sites completely...unless there is a serious, serious violation. Even then, G will reinstate after clearing it up and confessing (Good luck with Y! on that one :)).
It's the strangest thing, though. I tried to find a single good reason why these pages would rank but came up empty.
Noticed some shuffling on google.co.uk, but for the terms I watch the SERPS on google.com show no change at all, even if I go straight to the IP that is serving my .co.uk. I suppose this could indicate an update in one of the metrics used to calcualte whatever makes .co.uk different.
My site has done well out of this. I wish the target would stop moving though so I could know if the changes I've made are what has done it or if I'd have got here anyway by standing still.
I have been searching endlessly for hours for an answer to my problem and found this forum in my search.
My site was listed in some top ranks (depending on keywords entered) in google searches. Now its not listed anymore for those keywords. All it comes up under is it's name. Not even if I type the whole title that is set as the index.html title, does it come up on google. My site traffic has suffered greatly due to this.
I'm baffled as to why this is happening. It is displayed well in ranks on other engines likes Yahoo.com and altavista for common words searched. I am really desperate at the moment. Thanks very much for your help
[edited by: tedster at 3:17 pm (utc) on Mar. 22, 2008]
Especially check out Am I penalized? What type of penalty do I have? [webmasterworld.com]
Hard to tell for sure just yet, because I've seen the serps go up and down before, but this seems to be a larger drop, some to the second page from #1 - 2, most just down to # 5 - 10 from 1 - 2.
That doesn't sound like much, but it's a fair amount of traffic, at least for me.
The biggest difference this time around is who moved up. In previous shuffles, it was just that, a shuffling of sites that were already on page one.
This time there are a bunch of sites that are making their first appearance on page one. Before page 1 mostly had info sites like mine.
Among the newly appearing sites it looks like retailers and classified ad sites have done the best and sites like wikipedia, etc, have gotten in between the retailers and the old sites on some serps.
None of this has stabilized yet though, so it can change quickly. Makes it hard to get a grip on what to do, if anything. I'm not doing anything yet.