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mine is bad since sep/2008 had a 50% traffic loss (perfomed well only a week since september) realised some serp phenomenons other ones described here and then i joined this cool board to share this "group therapy" ; )
i tweaked got more links and pages and deleted some obsolete content
i will wait during this month will try to reduce keyword density a bit and see what happens...
Gives me a headache just repeating it... Build a valuable service for your users. The rest will come. When we do any changes for our site, we consider one thing. Will the user's benefit from this? Does it make sense from a user's perspective? That is it. That is how we decide on all our site changes. Is this link helpful to our users and the content, if yes we add it. None of this NOFOLLOW stuff. That is for spam control, not for links you add to your own site. If you added the link, you obviously trust it.
We've watched a spam site competitor enter our market in the last 18 months. They pretty much focused entirely on SEO, shady link building, link farms, blog links farms, social links, you name it. They jumped to the forefront of SERPs in less than a year.
Today, they are gone from SERPs, penalized for trying to game the system. If they would have simply focused on building up their site and content, they would still be around today. But they didn't have the patience to build up a long-term successful web business.
I know most will laugh at me... but my advice is to stop sweating all these details, stop monitoring your rank each and every day... Redirect your energy back to building a great service for your users. It will payoff much more in the long run.
My web site has 15 pages all driven to the customer is a product and has value to hundred of customers
with 50% traffic lost i got 30-40 visitors per day before i had 80-100 and it is selling 80% less than before
if this situation is Algo change, Goog cache, what ever if it continues i will be forced to started a new domains and use ADWords PPC to this web site and keep analising this sounds more a G Bug on different datacenters.
This is exactly what I am talking about, people freaking out and dropping everything and starting over just because their rank changes one month.
How about giving it a few months. Maybe look at using Adwords with your current domain, etc. Unless you are doing something shady, there should be no reason to change domain names.
Don't make the same mistakes with your web business. Don't make any major changes due to one Google algorithm change. This is why we all recommend having at least 3-6 months cash banked. So you weather the storms. If you must make changes, start small and move slowly!
Ok, I'm done ranting. ;-)
Secondly, since this is the first time I've been affected by a shuffle like this, it's been a good learning experience for me. More specifically, it's validating some of the things I've done and am doing. First, in the last six months I lit up two other websites to rank on secondary terms. Those two websites are still pulling in business, helping diversify things. Secondly, I'm working on a project to bring in larger volumes of high quality links - a boost of a large number of authority sites should help solidify rankings (I notice wikipedia didn't get dropped). And lastly, I'm working on a site redesign. My main site currently has little content so I rank on terms like 'widgets' but not 'buy widgets online in houston texas'. The redesign will be centered on allowing a lot of additional content - which should allow my main site to broaden it's rankings from main industry terms into the other half of the Serps, the long tail stuff.
In short, I'm hoping the answer is: more big backlinks and more content. I suppose that's the answer to everything though :).
Very cool to watch. Dead on Whiteknight, same two sets that we watched folding in, plus a final 're ranking' based on new algo criteria (possibly tweaked for Holiday timeframe?)
ha, did you "see" that Ghost Dataset(TM) get rolled in?
Ah thar gold up in them those hills...err..dataset.
First, I'm very suspicious that whatever is happening is not a regular backlink/onpage content type of algo shift. There's some new factor being given a large weighting
Yep, it wasn't. MUCH bigger and more important for future SERPs.
since this is the first time I've been affected by a shuffle like this
People gotta stop looking at the authority sites that went "missing" as a "penalty"/problem.
If you missed the "Ghost Dataset(TM)", you're missing a huge part of what's going on.
Since 126.96.36.199 is still around and looking ugly, this isn't over yet... won't probably be over til after the New Year
>Don't make the same mistakes with your web business. Don't make any major changes due to one Google algorithm change. This is why we all recommend having at least 3-6 months cash banked. So you weather the s
storms. If you must make changes, start small and move slowly!
Maximillianos, thanks for sharing your thoughts sure is an important point of view
even having a low unique visitors per day 30-40 or 80-100 it really impact my business
sure dont changing the site for a while and observation is a good advice but can take a while for recover the rank what i cannot handle so Adwords are also an option during this storm.
Now that's funny - especially for those who sat through this last night! :)
I jotted down lots of notes last night. Doubt this is the last time that will happen. Going to wait until everything shuffles down to place to mention what I was able to gather.
lol, play it cool, man.
Only a few people saw all the goodness in that "bug" (is that what you're officially calling it?)...
Let alone be able to dissect it and use it to any advantage.
And I'm certainly not letting any REALLY good info out. (im selfish like that) :P
If it is "an issue" which will be quickly(?) fixed (in a GFS/BigTable) we would like to know details... it deserves an article in Wikipedia at least.