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4 June 2008 penalty - anniversary updates



11:43 pm on Jun 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello Guys,

Well, How many of you still remember the mass penalty which was imposed last year on 4th June? is there any one who could report a full recovery?

Personally i have tried several things from adding fresh unique content to getting new links and fixing meta issues but seems like google is still angry. My home page is still ranking number one for very competitive phrase and few other deeper pages are ranking but rest of whole site is still out of serps even the new pages i added get time to index and show deep down the serps or doesnt even show up.

Now iam considering a totally new site on same topic and wondering if i 301 my old site which was smashed from 100k a day to 10k a day and now 5k a day would have any negative affect on my new site? I had worked really hard on my old site and i don't want to loose the amount of back links i have on it. I look forward to your expert views :)


12:00 am on Jun 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The discussion last year can be found here:

In reading through, many people felt that the threshold for an "over-optimization" or minus 950 penalty had shifted. In fact your statement of ranking "deep down the serps" sounds like that.

Many of those over-optimization penalties are related to overusing keywords and their co-ocurring terms, especially (but not only) in anchor text on your site. Have you looked at your site from this angle?


12:34 am on Jun 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ok now its only few pages which i see on first 3-4 pages and rest of the keywords are no where to be found, not to mention my PR is still static even in deeper pages but yea i know Pr has nothing to do with it. What makes me wonder is why the fresh and unique content which i add doesn't rank.

I kinda agree to what you said about over optimization, i had made sure to keep my site optimized to extreme. I also think the penalty could be due to the same or similar type of meta titles which several sites share. This penalty has brought down my morale :( Tell me about 301ing this site to a new site with different url structure, metas, design, script?


12:52 am on Jun 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Sometimes penalties do seem to transfer to the new domain through a 301 redirect, and sometimes they don't. So I cannot say whether it's a good thing to do or not in your case.

Duplicating meta titles across several domains? It sounds like a very bad idea to me. Are the other sites ranking well?


1:06 am on Jun 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for clarifying 301 redirect in this case. I meant couple of sites used same url structure as mine and titles which were quite similar, i even emailed few of my competitors to tell them to have unique meta titles and bit different url structure.

Well, its only me who seems to be affected in that niche, my competitors are huge organizations and i out ranked them on most of terms.

[edited by: tedster at 1:37 am (utc) on June 8, 2009]


11:15 am on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am a victim of the June 4th massacre, and have never recovered. I certainly looked at the over-optimization angle, and have done major de-optimization, to no avail. Very, frustrating to say the least. Google is a tough nut to crack, and seems to be getting too "smart" for its own good at times. Although still the dominant search engine, I will go out on a limb here, and predict a loss of market share over the next year. The other engines (e.g., Microsoft) seem to be making larger strides these days, and this will gradually narrow the gap.


4:24 pm on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Penalties do transfer through a 301 redirect? I don't think so, see the latest MC comment.

I was able to escape the June 4 massacre by setting up some sites on new domains or with 301 redirects (whole domains).


4:40 pm on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I doubt a penalty will transfer from another domain via a 301. Maybe its because you are using the same bad practices on your new domain as you did on your previous domain?


7:40 pm on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I was hoping this was a 12 month penalty...but no recovery so far.

I have some terms still at number one, some pushed back several pages, and some down only a few spots but overall the result is I think around a 30 or 40% traffic loss and greatly reduced income.


2:22 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Sorry to hear that doughayman, well did you try acquiring new links from some authority sites? did you try adding fresh and unqiue content? what else you did there?


2:28 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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SeoPti, brilliant man :)So lets say i have another domain, same niche and spending about 4000 dollar in development and marketing ( its still in dev phase ) i would have totally different url structure, different layout, more modules etc, in short it would be same niche but totally different website in all aspects. So now what do you recommend how should i go about 301 thing? should i first promote my new site and get it known by search engines and get some quality links for it and after like one or two months i just 301 my old site to it?

Or i just make new site and 301 my old site to it?


6:20 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ok i found this. This is probably something which mattcuts said. [outspokenmedia.com...]

Can you get hurt by 301'ing a penalized Web site to a new Web site?

Typically not because it could be a case where someoneís trying to Googlebowl you. However, if itís a site thatís penalized and that Google doesnít trust, then you may not be getting that much juice transferring over anyway. Sometimes its better to just start truly fresh.

[edited by: tedster at 9:10 pm (utc) on June 12, 2009]


12:11 pm on Jun 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am carrying out a small experiment which could might help me find a way to get out of the penalty. Since this experiment is related to this penalty, i shall post about what i am doing and their out comes.

Day1: I have added a new page to my site, i selected a product which is due to be released end of this year, the reason i picked this product is because since it is far from its launch there is no competition for it which means it should rank instantly given that my pages are not penalised.

a: I added a related page to my pc section of site and since all my fresh content gets featured on home page which is pr5, this article gets on a pr5 home page.

b: Added 400 words of unique and quality information with images and a video.

c: Wrote another informative blog post on my other site and inserted a link to my first product page.

d: Submitted my blog article to digg and got some votes, then submitted it to couple of social bookmarking sites.

e: At this point my blog article is indexed and showing up on first page of google, however, my first product page is still not indexed.

f: After waiting for a while i decided to submit my first product page to digg.

g: Google indexed digg page first and now when i wake up in the morning i see my page is indexed as well.

h: I rush to check the if this page is ranking in serps for its keywords and to my extreme grief, my product page was no where to be found in serps.

I am now going to ask couple of friends to blog about this page or when writing an article about the product area put a link to my product page as a nice resource ( experiment purpose )

I will also submit my product page to couple of socialbookmarking sites as well as create a squido lens and a hubpage.

I would appreciate if you could suggest an alternate way of testing it or just give your feed back.


[edited by: tedster at 7:00 pm (utc) on June 18, 2009]


11:43 am on Jun 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Okay, i guess the test is complete and its time to post the results. I had setup couple of tests which i was going to execute one by one and learn the outcomes. This test is subjected to one of the sites which were penalized on June 4th.

So, I added one page, 300 words unique article, two images and one video in that page. Waited for a while and then wrote a 400 words blog post in my other widgets site and linked to page of my affected site, submitted widget site blog post to digg and few other social bookmarking sites, after few hours i could see my widgets blog post crawled by google and i could see it in the index, at that point it was not cached, only listed in index. Hour later i could see my affected site's page in the index, however, it only showed up when i searched for the url, it did not show up for the keywords.

Later in the day i added another unique blog post in my friends site which is of same niche and has high authority, i again added link to my affected page in that blog post and submitted that post to digg and other social sites, a little later my affected page totally disappeared from google, at that point i submitted my page to digg as well, after like two days my url was back in the index and this time it showed "Cached" but it still did not show up for the keywords any where in the google, amazingly the cache date was the same date when i created this page, i then declared this as a failure and planned to proceed to my next test at weekend, however, to my astonishment today 27 june (9 days after the original post in affected site) my affected site's page is showing up 2nd in serps for its keyword.

Although it finally showed up for its keyword but the time it took and the pattern it followed is weird. Interestingly it showed up number 1 in yahoo with in 3 days of its creation.

Now what do you think why it took so long to index and then show up in serps, with this test i can confirm that june 4th penalty is kinda over, however, the effects are still there which might only be overcomed by highest quality links and regular feed of quality content.


12:46 pm on Jun 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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"Sorry to hear that doughayman, well did you try acquiring new links from some authority sites? did you try adding fresh and unqiue content? what else you did there?"

For what it's worth, I have been going on a link-building crusade, with slight (but minimal) recovery. Also, I always add fresh "new" content to the site, and again, the combination of these 2 has proven to have minimal positive resutls.


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