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Site dead to Google - fixed keyword density but no recovery

1:25 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It's been a very long time since I visited WebmasterWorld or had to worry about site traffic. The site ticked along very nicely for several years and all was well. Not so anymore. I am once again back on the brink of financial disaster. :(

I went to Google and read the possible reasons, but other than perhaps keyword density, I have found nothing that could explain the site's dismal rankings.

Back in the day folks here used to use keyword density to ensure their pages were found for their critical keywords. Of course, I continued that tradition until just recently, believing that could or would be the ONLY possible reason for the Google Gods to take aim at my site.

I had some major inventory changes coming up and decided to just write the best I could and not worry about keyword density. Believing Google's sales pitch about writing for the consumer, I proceeded to work for three months (day and night) ... drawing my widget layouts, taking photos of all the new widgets, reviewing each one and writing all I could about each that would be of interest to potential clients.

It didn't work.

I was possibly too careful about keyword density as I truly believed that to be only possible reason I could have been hammered so badly.

My website is 100% original content. I do all my own work and nobody touches the site but me. (Except once when my site was hacked).

Many clients over the years have told me that mine is the most helpful and informative website they have found anywhere on the internet in regards to widget hire and local information about the area. I also have a photo library with over 500 shots of the various anchorages and places to visit and write ups about most of the islands. I hired a plane and got a lot of aerial shots as well. In addition, I research each widget type probably more than anyone else in the industry to be certain that absolutely everything I write is accurate. All to no avail.

I became so paranoid about overusing certain keywords, I even described widgets as <similar to widgets> and <another widget type> as <shortened name for another widget type> something I would never do in everyday conversation! A widget is a widget is a widget. A bluewidget is a bluewidget not a blue widget! Even when writing about a specific widget model, I was very careful not to mention the model name as often as I would have normally.

Anyway, having looked at my site over and over and over, I can see nothing wrong. Competitors with all sorts of keyword stuffing (to the tune of 12.8% density) are killing me in the serps. So there has to be something else that I am not knowledgeable enough to find.

This morning, I attempted to sign up for Google webmaster tools and failed miserably. Not that I would know what to do with them anyway, but I thought I would give it a shot.

I have never asked for or bought links to my site. Any links I have have come naturally. I have no idea how to find out who is linking to me these days anyway.

Basically, I am saying I don't get it. It's been a long time now that my site has been in the doldrums (more than a year and a half) and I am just completely lost as to what to do. I would like to hire an SEO but sadly, I have left things too long, thinking my new widget pages would solve the problem. They didn't and I am dead broke again.

Does anyone have any sage advice as to what I should look for next?

I am 99% certain I have not broken any Google webmaster rules other than perhaps keyword density but if my competitors haven't been nailed, why was I? My pages were far less offensive than many of theirs and my new pages couldn't possibly have tripped any Google wires! It is all 100% ... solid, non spammy content that gets no recognition whatsoever.

Sorry for the long post. :(

[edited by: aakk9999 at 2:33 pm (utc) on Dec 3, 2013]
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4:59 am on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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

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Liane were have you been for so long. I have never had the pleasure of corresponding with you before this time, but I must say it has been a pleasure. Please continue to add your wit and humor to this forum.

I will assure you the members here will go out of their way to help and assist you in your recovery. Your a gem. :)
7:08 am on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month

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Unfortunately, my computer added the file extension "-2" as it was a duplicate.

Hurrah! Mystery solved. If you open the file googleblahblah.html in a text editor, you will find that it isn't actually empty;* its full content is

google-site-verification: googleblahblah.html

with the same string as the filename. But I don't think it matters what's in the file; the important thing is that it exists on the server, meaning that someone has uploaded it.

* Yandex has a .txt file that really is empty. Bing has a showoffy xml file: generic name, variable content. Each wmt gives you another little piece of information.
11:20 am on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Actually bwnbwn, we have corresponded before - back in 2006/7 according to my post list. But it was shortly after that that I got sick and dropped out of pretty much everything for the better part of a year.

Happy to be back and hope to learn a lot! :)

Yup Lucy24, very glad that one is behind me. What a dufus! :(
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