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...launched a massive content marketing initiative... and every one has received... his has increased the number of linking domains by more than 10% alone!
I mean, how can you do such drastic and dramatic things to a site and see no changes at all?
So we deleted it completely and 301'd all blog pages to our homepage.
The problem you face is not isolated to websites with a penalty but is a widespread concern among many e-commerce websites.
You've only been at this for two months. You're not giving this enough time. Give it more time and keep at it.
It isn't quite clear how you can publish articles that get thousands of facebook shares every two days but only have 300 visitors a day,
Our main site was hit by panda and recovered after three years, and I am pretty sure that was due to improving / rewriting every single article on the site to be useful to people,
How can you say you haven't seen any changes? Or rather, how can you expect many changes when you have so CHANGED your site it bears no resemblance to the original?
eCommerce for the "small guys and gals" is not going to get better. The "big box" has moved in and like the mom and pops when say Wal-Mart moves in next door, the traffic will fall and sales will plummet.
The content is gone? Let it die. If you are concerned about losing any links you might have had to those pages/that content, don't delete, just noindex.
301 what to the homepage? Your old homepage? (nah!) Those 50 links reside where (in relation to your site)? If they aren't the homepage then trying to salvage them via soft 404 redirects will only result in them eventually being deprecated, or worse, deleted by the referring domain as being useless.
You can, however, experiment to see if a new DOMAIN will perform better (just don't duplicate your existing to try that).
But are you suggesting to not 301 to our homepage and let all the pages 404? It has more than 50 unique domains pointing to it. You suggest I just throw those links away essentially?
The content is gone? Let it die.IF your old pages have no new equivalents, do not 301 redirect them to some other (homepage) URL. IF they have equivalent new pages, 301 to the new URL for that old content. IF they have valuable links pointing to them, then leave them in place, perhaps with links to related new content. A 301 redirect to unrelated content is not good for your site.
For example, has anyone here added 10% more white hat, relevant backlinks to your site over a period of months and seen a declinein Google Referrals?
[edited by: aakk9999 at 3:11 pm (utc) on Apr 1, 2016]
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What tool did you use to find toxic links? I have a few clients that have been tanked for years and were told they'd never get back.JaredM, who exactly told them that?
Some heavy research / analysis and cherry picking for the disavow, as well as backlink reclamation and correction, and they are back.Interesting point. This was another theory of mine. That a site might feel 'tagged' forever when in reality it is a bunch of horrible legacy backlinks that has followed the site forever. Get rid of those links and boom, you've found the anchor!
I re-wrote the text on all pages with a fun little scrambling script I found online, same URIsYES! That is exactly what I have been talking about. This is such a great example and people who tout "onpage content" and "content is king" and "great content makes all the difference" should take notice. Sometimes content is not the answer, period. I was going to write above that I am convinced I could add hardcore #*$! to this blog and it wouldn't make a lick of difference (no pun intended).
and the rank? Unchanged! 3 months and counting now.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:24 pm (utc) on Apr 1, 2016]
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If all the content is good then maybe you could just do the nuclear option and change the domain name. Change the IP and everything. Forget all the backlinks and restart from scratch.
If you're only talking about 300 visitors a day anyway, with no sign of a recovery, then that's what I would do. At the speed you're picking up new backlinks with your fresh content, surely it won't take you long to get over 300 visitors.
That is an option we're considering. And the above statement (which I agree with) shows that had this been a 'clean' site, the amount of positive things we've done would have shown results. It is because this site is considered 'bad' by Google that no matter what is done, nothing improves.