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On 4th June, rankings for most keywords in top 10 and top 20 disappeared, having a total loss of 2/3 traffic from Google. :(
Ranking for "domainname" is still there, as well as for some main keywords. Most of the keywords went to 11-30 positions.
If I searched Google with the latest news exact title before the penalty I would always rank first. But now, I'm nowhere near the first page, and the spam sites that use my RSS come on top positions. It's weird.
It looks to me like the folder where the news are placed is banned. All the urls within "/news" went to lower positions, but the "/comments" or "/photos" folders' urls of the same news are there. We have cca 4000 news.
What I've done so far:
- removed mega menu from the homepage
- removed any suspicious external links
- checked the site with Xenu's Link Sleuth
- cleaned up all WMT Content analysis Errors
- removed Duplicate title tags
- removed Duplicate meta descriptions
- removed the only 2 paid links I had (I removed them on the next day after the penalty)
I've done a reinclusion request a few days after the penalty and still no luck.
Does anyone have any idea how to get back previous rankings?
Could definitely be. I think its important to strive for a very diverse inbound link profile that consists of a high percentage of related links.
However, in the case of the business that I helped, that was not necessary to pull them out of the penalty.
Google didn't help us with the June 4 disaster (they ignored all our request) which is quite ignorant and definitely not helpful at all.
[edited by: tedster at 5:11 am (utc) on Nov. 19, 2008]
One thing that sounds different from the other posts is that the SERPs for the site's name without the ".com" is on page two (bouncing around from position 11 to 16). It's not a very competitive term - there are only 159k total pages returned.
The aggravating thing is that I own the USPTO trademark for the name/term.
I haven't submitted a reinclusion request yet but have considered it.
Would rewriting old content help? How about if i rewrite about 400 of current pages. I have been adding unique content on regular basis since the disaster. Would more inlinks help?
Please help us with your input.
This helped to escape the June 4 penalty (for a short period) but the historical data patent pushed these sites back again.
So if your URLs content has not been changed for a long time try adding content slowly.
how long will this raising of the Titanic last ? and who knows why... I don't actually know IF anything I have done over the past week has made any difference at all.. but make hay while the Google shines!
This is really Google related as my site like most others continue to rank well in Yahoo and MSN... and how often do wesee listed in Google SERPS items that WERE listed in EBAY... and click n the link.. "this item has now ended"