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However I was wondering if anyone has faced the same problem as me. I have a 9 month old website which was ranking great til JUN 14th, then out of the blue my INDEX page only is completely gone of the SERPs for its Keywords ONLY.
If I type domain.com it shows up, but if i type "domain" only , nowhere to be found. Same goes for all keywords i used to rank. I have about 6k back links, approximately 1000 unique. Half of them however are from blog/forum posts, though the rest are from very strong authority sites even PR7-PR8 websites.
I notice someone mentioning over optimization, so I have already changed some stuff around like H1 , interlinking etc.
Do you think the age factor comes in place or as I have notice with the competition , some pretty old and established sites dropped of the SERPs the same day as me but just for a week, which makes me think there is some major SERP change into place and I might have been left behind somehow.
Any help appreciated !
There are a number of apparently good pages that have gone missing in the past month. You've described the exact situation I'm seeing. This is just a hunch and a hope, but there does appear to be a big change at Google right now and I don't think it's finished - your page may yet appear within just a few days.
In an over-optimization penalty, the page doesn't usually disappear - it just gets sent into the deep pages of the results. So if your home page is completely gone, I would not start making many changes on-page and on-site changes.
Do you have a Webmaster Tools account? If so, are there any clues in there?
Its pretty weird and sad :(
It happened exactly on the 14th of June and then it came back for about a day and went dark again. Another thing i noticed is that some of my inner pages are already ranking 2-3rd page for some of my main keywords.
Another anomaly is the page rank , probably you have already witness that. Pages going from N/A to 1-2 in a day and then dropping back to N/A.
I have about 700-800 pages crawled every 2-3 days if that makes any sense. Btw 10% of my total links are affiliates.
Btw, you are a legend, 25k posts.... "that seems much too long, doesn't it?" :)
I'll keep you updated if any changes , as I am sure a lot of people are facing the same problem.
Thank you for the kind words.