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I had purchased a domain on 20nd May and had started working day and night on a site (with 4 writers). Till 10th of august, the site had 1500+ pages, most of them fairly good. Since the content was targeting towards less popular keywords, very quickly we managed to get in Google #2 to #8 for many keywords. It was so nice but suddently on 13th of August, the site stared to drop in traffic and started to lose all its ranking.
Now it has lost all its ranking for all its keywords.
Its ranking at No 16 for its own domain name and mysite.wordpress.com and squidoo.com/mysite are ranking at top (which I had created few weeks back in the hope of getting some backlink), so its a clear example of my site getting penalzed. But for what ?
I had created a wordpress blog and started posting in it daily with links back to my site, did that caused the problem ? I did the same with my personal blog too and started linking on daily basis with new posts.
I have applied for reconsideration through google webmaster tools and have nofollowed all the links from my blog and the mysite.wordpress.com blog.
What else I can do ? how to get my rankings again ?
so its a clear example of my site getting penalzed. But for what ?
Maybe not a true penalty - especially if you're not aware of violating any guidelines. For a new site, it's pretty common to see a short period of good rankings followed by a disappearance - and then a gradual climb back.
Here's a related thread from June of this year: ew pages indexed, de-indexed, re-indexed - is this normal? [webmasterworld.com].
I also have some low quality pages (around 1200 out of 2000), so should I remove all these low quality pages ?
Regards, just reading WebmasterWorld for the past 4 hours and great info here.
keyword1 - #2 to #75
keyword2 - #5 to #428 something
Do you have any idea how long it can take to get back ? will you advice to submit articles on squidoo and ezine to build links ? should I add more content to the site or should I completely stop for few weeks ?
Definitely loosen up on the KW density restrictions and let the vocabulary flow naturally. Same thing with h2 tags - use them naturally as true subtopics and don't force them into situations where they wouldn't really be natural to the page content.
There are many ways to run into problems when you start trying to influence Google's rankings.
One site recovered 2 days back. Other sites will take more time, cos those sites are newer and have less content and no PR.
I was once penalized after i started showing lot of ads on my site. (I think high bounce rate was the reason)
I placed 3 ad units back to back. My earnings increased 200%, but after two weeks, site had 950 penalty, then my earnings were 10%, lol, i reduced ads to normal, added more content, build some backlinks, site recovered after 3 months.
I put up a new websites but was tardy on adding content and when googlebot visited it got the apache default page which showed on a domain name search. I then put the content up and the content then showed. Today its back to the apache content. I put another new website up that showed and ranked in its full glory having half a dozen half decent links immediately - today , a few days later its not there at all - whats going on.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:11 pm (utc) on Sep. 19, 2008]