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My site has been hit by Google Penguin 2.1 - cannot figure why



11:06 am on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)


I have lost 70% of my rankings after the Penguin 2.1 update.

Also I want to point out that I have not lost all of my rankings but just some and I cannot understand why! All content is unique, I have tried not to overdo link building...

I tried to not do anything wrong. I really want to know the root cause of the penalty so that I can overcome this.

Any help would be appreciated.

Website: <snip>

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2:44 pm on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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(just as bad - we don't talk specifics here, webmakers2011)

I have tried not to overdo link building

Depending on HOW you built links, ANY linkbuilding is overdoing it these days if you want to keep in Google's good graces. Google is going to look askance at pretty near any link that you somehow arrange yourself - rather than links that look "natural" (i.e. someone just linked to you because they liked you) This goes for paid links AND unpaid links.

Is it overly aggressive on Google's part? Yes. Does it fly in the face of twenty years of search traffic building? Yes. But it doesn't matter, because that's the situation we have in 2013.


11:24 pm on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

There are really many sites that were hit by penguin 2.1 I see this chatter all over the internet, there are a lot of people asking this questions now and some of them are even hiring to get their sites back, not sure if it help them, mostly won't


12:15 am on Nov 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I think one of the first things to determine [you may already know and I'm just looking for clarification] but did you lose 70% of your traffic or 70% of your rankings?

The former indicates it could be you lost a relatively small number of rankings that drove significant traffic, while the latter indicates a more wide-spread issue.


6:39 am on Nov 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I don't seem to have any issue with adding a good number of links several times a month. Anchor text is semi-random, but tangent targeted to the page being linked to.

Experiment with pages that aren't your bread and butter, analyse results and expand efforts that provide positive results. I have failures every day, but as long as I learn from them, I'm heading in the right direction.

Or, just sit in the corner and do nothing. Safe, and Google will like it, but send no traffic.

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