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How to discover reasons for sudden drop in ranking?

   
5:12 am on Jun 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Is there a way to find out what Google thinks a site is doing wrong that would incur a penalty?

I would never dream of doing anything that would incur the wrath of Google, yet I seem to have a blog that has.

The site went from tons of solid traffic to zip in about 3 days. I did have a database problem and had to roll the site back. That's about when the rankings slipped and disappeared.

Is there anyway to find out what Google doesn't like about a site? Without such a resource there is no way to figure this out.

Any thoughts?

Steve

6:57 am on Jun 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The site went from tons of solid traffic to zip in about 3 days. I did have a database problem and had to roll the site back.

stcrim - What do you mean by "had to roll the site back"? Also, how long ago was this?

Without further information, this database problem does seem to be the most likely cause. Sometimes, after a glitch like this, it takes Google a while to sort things out.

Also, have you checked that it is in fact a penalty? Have you completely disappeared from the index, or just for competitive searches? Have you tried searching with the dupe filter disabled?

Take a look at the Hot Topics [webmasterworld.com] section, pinned to the top of the Google Search forum home page, and look at the "Penalties, Sandbox, and Trust" section. In particular, I'd start with this post....

Am I penalized? What type of penalty do I have?
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6:53 pm on Jun 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Robert,

Thank you! After 10 years at this it feels funny having to figure out a G penalty. I stay out of that territory at all cost.

I had a corrupt database, as a result ended up rolling the site back about 3 days. Could the page time-stamp have thrown Google off enough to have the site sink temporarily?

The traffic fade started just after that. In Google Webmaster tools there are 9 404s related to page that did not get replaced after the roll-back. No other errors show.

I did www.[my-domain-name].com and only found people linking to me. However site:my-domain-name.com shows all my pages are still in the index.

Is it possible this will clear up as the time-stamp is replaced with future spidering?

Steve

 

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