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Some Keywords totaly disappeared others are at 1st position



7:30 pm on Oct 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My website was getting thousand of users from google and ranked very first for most of the keywords,

on 20 oct i lost my position for few keywords, now they are not even at 100 page but link of the same keyword is still their ,

Other keywords are still ranking first

i lost 50% of traffic dont know what problem it could be, how to resolve, any help would be highlyyyy appreciated.


11:22 am on Oct 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure I understand your situation. When you say the "link of the same keyword is still their" do you mean your backlinks are unchanged or do you mean something else?

Did you make any changes before the drop in traffic? I would look at analytics to find which keywords & urls have lost traffic. Then I would focus on them looking at for any change in backlinks, page content etc. Then I would start looking at possible penalties like over optimization, bad backlinks etc.


3:47 pm on Oct 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I also notice that my 1 and 2 position keywords hold position quite well, however, the further down the page, the more "in flux" the key phrases become. This just seems like Google's inability to provide any sort of semantic results from key phrases in my content. Earlier in the year I retired all my keyword meta tags and it seems this is when the instability really began. Now they are slowly "skinning" the long tail from my site...every week it seems like we lose more ground, with less focus on the content of our sub pages.

Two very similar key phrases that SHOULD pull up the same (or similar) results are now pulling up completely different, spammy results. In the past, I would come up for both. Google's idea of diversity I guess. Bing still gets it right. Oh and plurals are still inop for most terms.


7:42 pm on Oct 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Let me explain it to you,

for example if in past i rank 1st for keyword top webmaster, now if i search for same it dont get shown in search

but wheni search for "top webmasters my domain" it rank first

I have got this message in webmaster tools

Search results clicks for http://www.example.com/page/ have decreased significantly.
The number of clicks that your site receives from Google can change from day to day for a variety of factors, including automatic algorithm updates. However, if you have recently made significant changes to the content or configuration of your site, this change may be an indication that there are problems.
Recommended action
Check the Search Queries page in Webmaster Tools
Investigate whether the traffic change affects the whole site or just a few pages. Configuration changes are likely to affect the whole site
Some content is popular only for a short window of time. If the change in traffic affects only this kind of content this message may not be indicative of any problem


7:02 pm on Oct 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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someone please only help me in identifying the penalty and how to recover so i can start work accordingly

i have not made any significant change before this penalty


9:06 pm on Oct 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator goodroi is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Sounds like either an automated filter or insufficient SEO.

Have you made any changes to your site?
Have there been any changes to your backlinks?


7:11 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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no changes make to site and no changes in back link at all,

i have removed about 40 pages only out of 17000 indexed which now show 404.

I have seen that pages on which keyword stuffing was too much are completey out of google search result not even on 100 rank

they are only visible when i type long phrase keyword.


9:16 am on Oct 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator goodroi is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

17000 indexed

When I see number that large it raises a red flag. It is possible to have 17,000 pages, each with significant amount of unique and relevant content. More often it has been my experience that the pages like this are auto generated and do not have enough on-page quality signals especially considering how Google keeps raising the bar.


9:55 am on Nov 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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some one please only help me in identifying penalty so i can start work on recovery


10:06 am on Nov 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Look at goodroi's post and have a good think about it.
Do all your 17,000 pages have good quality unique content? If not then that's your first port of call.


8:03 pm on Nov 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have reviewed site completely and made significant changes but still no luck, i have removed key word stuffing, which i thought is the main reason behind it but still not geting traffic it droped by 70% now and gave me tough time, cant ever cover my hosting expenses, if any one can kindly help me,

first to clear that 17000 pages are indexed bcoz this site is created about 7 years ago.

i am getting these error in wmt

Meta descriptionPages
Duplicate meta descriptions1,445
Long meta descriptions0
Short meta descriptions9,627
Title tagPages
Missing title tags1
Duplicate title tags1,176
Long title tags0
Short title tags0
Non-informative title tags0
Non-indexable contentPages
We didn't detect any issues with non-indexable content on your site.

Duplicate meta tags and descriptions are shown coz of categories with page number 1,2,3,4 and so on.

so do u think it could be problem, if yes some one please tell me how to block them in robots file coz im not using word press so cant use any meta tags for these pages, its customized script.

do google consider this as duplicate content if i have same content on let say

which have 10 post on this page



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