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I bought a new domain on 15th March 2010 for a new site that we are building. The domain is heavily targeted at our main phrase and comprises of a three word search term. Holding Page and Kick Start SEO
We created a holding page with optimised content, title tag, meta data and made it live about a month ago. I started getting a few inbound links to the holding page to get a head start. Google indexed it within a couple of days and the page started to show up on page 2 for our three word search term. This climbed to first page after a few more days. Everything seemed to be going in the right direction. Website Completed and Goes Live
The website was completed and made live last Friday ( 30th April 2010 ) with 18 pages, all optimised content, titles, meta data. **I also amended the homepage title slightly**. Sitemap.xml created, submitted to Google. Robots.txt created and all verified within webmaster tools. Dropped From Google SERPS
Now here's where it gets interesting - on the very next day ( Saturday 1st May 2010 ) the site drops from Google's 1st page for the same three keyword term that it was appearing for before and completely disappears. I get a call from my colleague at around 13:00, whilst I was out shopping with my girlfriend, notifying me of this. I got home around 16:00 to check and in webmaster tools Google said sitemap was downloaded about 3 hours ago and robots.txt downloaded about 15mins ago. So I left it alone for Google to do it's thing and index the new site. Now between Saturday and Monday the site kept coming back on first page and disappearing. It also kept swapping between the old title tag and new title when displayed in the SERPS. Checked Google dance tool and results were mirrored. On Tuesday it has disappeared again and not been back on the first page since. Possible Causes?
1. This may just be a temporary sandbox related issue and it will resolve itself but it just seems a bit wierd. As mentioned in this post [webmasterworld.com
...] i'm seeing the same incorrect readings in Google WMT - submitted 18 urls, indexed 1. But when i perform site: operator it was showing all my pages.
2. Another possible reason may be a link spamming issue that I noticed. Whilst doing my initial link building to get the site indexed I came across a directory that competitors were using. I submitted to this directory and when searching for my domain name "example.com" in Google it's now showing over 8k results and most of them are from this directory. I checked these pages that are supposed to be linking to my site but my link doesn't appear anywhere on the page or source code. The only time when i can see my link is when i check the cached versions of these pages and the source code of the cached versions. How bizarre...
Any advice will be greatly appreciated. I'm unsure of whether to ask the directory to remove my link or wait for Google to settle down.
[edited by: tedster at 5:40 pm (utc) on May 6, 2010]
[edit reason] fix formatting [/edit]