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Rankings dropped - a few questions

     
11:07 am on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I created a website around 7-8 months ago, but didn't have time to work on it for a very long time - didn't even check how the website performs.

As I didn't spend any time working on it so it wasn't getting any traffic from Google and other SEs.

A few months ago I continued working on it as I got some time, built a small number of links, and it slowly started getting more attention from Google, mainly the pages that had external links to them. I was very impressed, and wanted to continue working on it, but still couldn't find enough time to post new content on a regular basis.

At some moment this little traffic from Google had gone and still hasn't recovered after around one month.

I'm determined to continue working - create new content and build links, but would like to understand whether it's some sort of a ban or filter and I would be very grateful if you can help me with identifying this problem using some info below:

1. I released one useful tool, and it attracted quite a few links, was ranking on number one in G for it's name, but now placed on number 105.

2. The site is hosted in the US and has com domain, but attributed to Australia (comes up in serps when you search on google.com.au and choose to display pages only from Australia). I live in Australia, and I guess, Google uses my private info to decide country of my website. The question is whether this can lead to bad ranking when option "Search only in AU" not selected?

3. A few weeks prior to the drop I made a stupid move and changed title text in 10 links from home page from "Red Widget" to "Red Widget - create your own galleries with a single click". So effectively I placed some additional keywords into link text on 10 links, I think it might have contributed as well.
1:48 pm on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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at2000 a new site needs time. Before you go asking about a ban or filter do some homework on understanding how to see if the site is banned or filtered. If you have to ask then you don't know and if your going to build and try to stay in the business you have to take some actions upon yourself.
Study read on how you can identify what is happening to the site and rankings.

I suspect it is such a new domain that it is just ranked for what it is and you got a temp. boost in rankings when it was discovered.
3:28 pm on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I agree that the site is too new. Google provides a "reinclusion request" feature with G Webmaster tools and they specifically mention that you can submit such a request for either a website that's completely out of Google or for drastic traffic drops. However, since your website is too new I would put some more work into it before thinking of writing to Google.
4:22 pm on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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A little nit pick: Google renamed this feature. It's now called the "Reconsideration request" because you can use is even for sites that are still "included".
12:44 am on Mar 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thank you very much for your replies!

Will continue working on the site, and will file a reconsideration request if traffic doesn't return in a few months.