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Lost 60% of my Google traffic in spite of site fixes

2:38 pm on Oct 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm fed up with google, all i did in the last 2 months was
- redesigning my site
- making it 10 times faster to load all pages
- better user experience
- easier to find everything
- removed thousands of duplicate content pages
- added multiple language support
And thus my visitors were increasing!

BUT now since 14th of October 60% of my google traffic is dropped, today i had minus 20.000 alexa rank drop , what the f*k is going on?

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:07 am (utc) on Oct 21, 2011]

4:39 am on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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menntarra_34 - Your Oct 14 drop in traffic roughly coincides with the "minor" Oct 13 Panda update, and it's likely that your drop was a result of that update. I don't want to pull the Panda discussion [webmasterworld.com...] off topic with your particular issues though. I also don't want this to become a second Panda discussion.

Earlier in the Panda thread, though, you had also mentioned that you had scraped but "improved" a lot of content, and it's possible that Google hasn't seen it that way.

On Oct 16, 2011, menntarra_34 wrote...
My site which lost 60% of it's google traffic IS a scraper site, so MY scraper site is punished...
And by the way, a scraper can be GOOD. If you make a site with a lot of improvements, like summarizing useful topics about a specific problem etc... IT can be VERY VERY useful....

Without getting into the ethics of it, the logic of your complaint about Google doesn't make sense. Google has said that it's going after sites whose content isn't original.

Possibly your changes weren't fast enough or substantial enough. Possibly the links to the revised scraped content weren't good enough. But I don't see how, with all the warnings and comments you've received about scraping, how you can be surprised that Google hasn't responded to your overall approach.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:10 pm (utc) on Oct 21, 2011]

5:25 am on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Scraping is bad, bad, bad, no matter how you look at it. I don't know why anyone bothers to follow this model. Unless you have a lot of your own unique material dwarfing what you scraped, it's just not something Google likes (nor something I particularly care for). As an original content publisher, it annoys me to no end. Remember this thread about the guy who killed his content farm?


He also killed his news aggregator, built on duplicate content I would assume.