joined:July 18, 2014
Some pages from the website I work for have completely disappeared from Google search results. It’s not that they are ranked low, or not as good as I think they should, it’s that they’re literally not there.
Take, for example, this page: <removed url shortener> This is a news article I wrote on <article subject>. Now, let’s search for the exact headline of this article: <SERP screenshot with 3 different sites having exact match title, some other results but no page in question>. What I see is my article, aggregated by other news sites. On the second page of the search results there is even a link to the tag page of my website, which contains the headline of the article: <screenshot of the last SERP result only going to a tag page on the site> But the original article itself is nowhere to be found.
I want to stress, that it is not that it ranks low, it is simply not there on any of the three pages of the search results. There are even a lot of links to some more or less irrelevant pages on my website which contain some parts of the article: <screenshot>
According to Webmaster tools, Google sees the article perfectly, it can be “fetched as google” and there are only 29 pages excluded from index by robots.txt There are no manual webspam actions against my website and no security issues with my site's content. What’s more, it is possible to find the article via site search <screenshot of SERPs> if I tell Google to look for it specifically on my website.
Since exactly the same thing happened to a significant number of other articles on my website, I’ve lost a lot of traffic, which apparently now goes to the people who aggregate my content.
I would really welcome any possible explanations to what happened or ideas on what to do to resolve this situation. Thank you in advance!
[edited by: aakk9999 at 11:49 am (utc) on Jul 19, 2014]
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