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I have removed that and rolled back to only 2 header tags as the keyword metatag. I donít know what else I should do or what else can be the reason. Please help me if you can.
However, I'm not sure what you did, exactly:
Thread title: "Removed Meta Keywords"
Post says: "I changed at the site wide level to show more keywords"
Can you clarify? And did you make any other changes to your exisitng pages at the same time?
2. I didn't do anything other than this major change.
3. Whenever i introduce a new category to my site that shows on the index page and on all my internal pages along the top 5 pages from that category.
Thanks tedster for replying this post, I know you also helped me before where i was struggling with huge number of supplemented pages and trying to get them out.
Yes, significant changes to H1, H2 on 60% of your pages might cause your rankings to fall.
I only changed the meta keywords of 250 pages out of 400 pages.
Previously my pages were like this:
Title: Hello World
SubTitle: Hello Everyone
Article: Hello World, this is just an example.
Meta Keywords: hello world, hello everyone
Later I changed only the Meta Keywords:
Meta Keywords: hello world, hello everyone, hello, hi, etc....
This is what i have done. This happened on major part of the site. I have not done anything other than this. I can't guess PR drop can cause this as that doesn't happen over night and i have not seen minor PR drop ever caused any major loss to the SERP rankings.
I also heard that google stopped looking into keyword metatag, thatís why I did this.
Don't believe everything you hear. You should take care of keywords and other meta tags and make sure they are unique for every page on your website. Show Google that you WORK on every single page and it will help in rankings.
Google is not considering the meta keyword tag was said by a google guy in a conference so i was bound to believe that. All my pages are unique starting from meta data to real content but it is just i added little more data to keyword list for 60% of my pages. They all are unique as well.
Initially it was hard coded to print the title and subtitle as my only keywords later it was data driven from a field of the database(i_KEYWORD). This was published to meta keyword tag only.
But that does not mean that the keyword tag is ignored.
It may hold evidence of keyword stuffing, or other deprecated behaviours, and they will be noted.
If you use keyword tags, then you should use them appropriately.
Having said all that, I think your serps drop is entirely coincidental. Look elsewhere for the cause.
The only way I can envisage keywords contributing to a drop, is if someone successfully reported you for keyword stuffing. But that is pretty unlikely.
Go back and review actions you took previously - up to a few months ago - and double check your outgoing links for danger signs.
I have 10 blogs on separate IPs and top level domains, that did the same thing last week, around Thursday. 80 plus percent of the traffic is gone after climbing steadily for a long time.
Just guessing right now, but was thinking Google may be reaching blog bloat and is trimming the fat.
Many sites that aren't traditional blogs (wordpress, etc) end up in blog.google.com because Google sees them as blogs. You may want to search and see if your site is there.
For what it's worth, my keywords are in place.
- Incoming links should matter but not like this, this is what happened in a time frame of 1 week. which is very unusual. This is a kind of flag what i guess. I am suspecting it might be the major change in keyword tag might be the issue.
- I crosscheck all my comments for adult content and don't permit any links. I also crosscheck for duplicate content when any user leaves a comment. I also don't think all these going to get me a sharp drop, these can be slow killer.
- Yesterday, google has crawled my site massively. almost all the page. As i said i already rolled back to previous version of keywords.
You said you have a lot of links going to relevant content. How many would you say are on any given page? Do you have any pages that have more than 10 out-bound links?
We do! We have created almost directory like links relevant to the content on the page.
I constantly check my incoming links, nothing that i received over last 45 days and i have not also seen any weired links till date.
I also checked google webmaster tool to see any alert message, nothing there as well. There is a clear message saying no duplicate content, no adult content found.