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12:13 pm on Dec 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hello Guys,

I am new on this forum so hello to everyone, I need a bit information about my recent drop in ranking.
I have a website "www.PleaseGoReadForumRules.com" I lost all of my keywords in ranking from last month, I know there are some updates from Google But I didn't receive any email or message from Google and then suddenly my all keywords are not appearing in Google till last page. So please tell me how to know what is the exact reason behind that?

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1:36 pm on Dec 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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There is too little information for us to help. We could guess about 20 different possible issues.

Here are just a few questions that would help people to better discuss your issue:
Is your site new or old?
What is the status of your backlinks?
Is traffic down or just your rankings?
What have you done lately to the website?
Is your content original or are there duplicate issues?
Have you checked for technical errors on your site?


If you want to know exactly what is wrong with your website you should hire a SEO consultant to do a website audit.
1:56 pm on Dec 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Goodroi for you response.
My site is 5 year old, and I have more than 20K links pointing to my site. All of my keywords were coming on top ranking till late Sep 2013 than they started dropping and now they are not coming in ranking at all. Some Irrelevant pages are coming against my keywords on last pages like contact-us page or reservation page.
I have unique content on all of my pages, so that is not a problem. I haven't done any changes in website in last few months.

One more question I have all of my websites on same IP address in C blog category where one is primary domain and others are in root folder, and all websites are about same topic so it can be dangerous according to SEO Point of view?
7:34 pm on Dec 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld RajaAdnan!

Penguin 2.1 was on the 4th of October. Could this be the reason?

You mention your ranking, but what about your traffic? I presume there has been traffic decline. Can you look at the graph in your analytics package and tell us whether the drop was a sharp drop (which day?) or a slower decline over longer period of time (and what period of time, in this case)?

One more question I have all of my websites on same IP address in C blog category where one is primary domain and others are in root folder

How many different domains are you talking about?
Are you interlinking all your domains?
6:54 am on Dec 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hello RajaAdnan,
Losing rank suddenly is becoming a common issue for many webmasters. We try hard to increase our keyword position and then in a fine morning astonishingly they disappear from search engines. Oftentimes, this happens exactly opposite to our expectation. Google has implemented their new policies regarding website ranking and the fruitful strategies in the past is no more valuable in these days. I am personally a victim of this situation.

Now, let us come to your concern. You said that your site have more than 20K backlinks. That is a large number and it has taken a considerable amount of time to build those backlinks. To add to your agony, I suggest you to check each link specially the recent ones. I know it will be a tedious task but you have to execute that in any cost. Download the list from Google webmaster tools and check one by one. Match or verify each link criteria or quality with Google webmaster guidelines [support.google.com]. Revise Google link schemes [support.google.com] and check your links built according to those guidelines. Goodroi has mentioned a few good points that you should consider. Originality of content and optimized keyword linking is the two most important factors among those. Check website authority value of your backlinks. Links that are not relevant to your niche may prove harmful according to Google policy. Delete the links if you can or send a request to that webmaster to remove your link from their site. Submit Disavow list [google.com] to Google if needed and then a reconsideration request.

And the last but not least, concentrate more on content marketing strategy and social media optimization. Prove yourself valuable to your marketplace. This will gradually establish your value to niche market and help you regain your ranking. Best of luck.
1:02 pm on Dec 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Sudipto, I am already working on links and almost near to finish it soon. I was wondering if it is a penalty from Google?In that case I should receive message in webmaster or its not necessary?
Because I didn't receive any type of message or warning from Google.

Also please explain me how to submit a reconsideration request from webmaster?
I tried earlier but was not successful, it was talking about some form but I couldn't find it.
11:05 pm on Dec 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Reconsideration requests - Webmaster Tools Help:
http://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35843 [support.google.com]
6:22 am on Dec 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Sudipto,
"You said that your site have more than 20K backlinks. That is a large number and it has taken a considerable amount of time to build those backlinks. To add to your agony, I suggest you to check each link specially the recent ones. I know it will be a tedious task but you have to execute that in any cost."
Really?

If they are good links, the OP would know that. If they are built links, the OP would also know that.

"concentrate more on content marketing strategy and social media optimization"
I'm guessing you help webmasters with that?

It would be nice if you either addressed actual issues or didn't post. There isn't much need for diverting questions into what seems like a marketing thread.
9:35 am on Dec 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It would be nice if you either addressed actual issues or didn't post. There isn't much need for diverting questions into what seems like a marketing thread.

Mod's note: Let's avoid further personal comments and address the issues, not each other.

I tend to disagree here both with bluntforce and with Sudipto about the backlink issue. To me, "more than 20K backlinks" raises likely spam flags. I'm thinking that many of them are probably ROS (run of site) backlinks, which most likely suggests that they are not natural, and that they have either been arranged or bought.

What I'm also thinking, though, is that the OP may or may not be aware of how easily Google might spot these as spam if that's what they were.

The question here suggests partial spam awareness... but it's not clear how much....
One more question I have all of my websites on same IP address in C blog category where one is primary domain and others are in root folder

RajaAdnan - IMO, if any significant amount of your backlinks are from your own sites, and they're all on the same class-C IP address (which is what I think you're asking about), Google will certainly know...

- by the common class-C...
- by the commonality of backlinks to you...
- and by any ROS backlinks...

...that there's obvious coordination among these links, and this kind of coordination is clearly spam. bluntforce is correct that you should be able to figure out the rest. You will need to acknowledge the links you built. You shouldn't need to worry about the links you didn't place, though it's hard to say how close to the fuzzy line your site will be once you disavow the bad links you know of.
8:34 am on Dec 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I am working on links and trying to filter poor links.
I just want to clear one thing that My site is 5 years old domain and these 20K links took that much time. It is not like links were built in bulk or by some sort of software. I know there are many poor links like directories and comments on blogspot that i am trying to remove.

About C blog, I don't have any links pointing to my sites mean from one site to other one. My question is that either its negative to have all websites on one C blog as one primary domain and others in root folder? And if they are talking about the same topic?
7:29 am on Dec 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Robert,

Apologies, I should have used blockquote.
A site needs some authority to be able to absorb 20k links. If it's all natural over a period of years, then there shouldn't be an issue. If the links have been built, then it shouldn't be a big lump in a short timeframe.
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[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:03 am (utc) on Dec 18, 2013]
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