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12:48 pm on Jul 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi There

I use a simple WYSIWYG editor for my page and have recently
realised i have spaces in a 2 of my web page urls.

e.g. www.example.com/first example

I recently read this may cause problems .

My questions:
-Is this likely to harm my Search engine ranking with google.?

-How should i go about fixing the problem as the site has been established ,like this for several years?

-My search engine ranking recently fell quite sharply, could this be a factor?

Thanks for any advice

12:59 pm on July 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Have you always had those spaces? If not what was the URL?

If yes,then the drop in ranking is unrelated. Is the drop sitewide or just on those pages?

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2:01 pm on July 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi Jbin

yes the gaps have been there for a long while

Its the main page (which has no gaps) that has dropped down to about 100. thats the one i monitor mainly.

I recently added some more unique text content to some of my pages and i am thinking maybe i over optimised it using too many keywords. I have re edited it so the number of keywords are the same as before the issue.

I also put a keyword in the author tag along with my name,
something like "Bob Smith: Artist"

i have since removed this but am wondering if that was what caused the problem. I dont use link farms or buy links.

However i did recently pay for manual submission to 100 directories.

Would it be worth resubmitting it to google?

Cheers for you feedback

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However i did recently pay for manual submission to 100 directories.

Perhaps this is your problem. Google can see this as unnatural link growth.

4:51 pm on July 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You want to keep it as natural possible. Change is expected to your pages, but it's easy to over do it. It is also a long term endeavour. Make a change and wait to see what happens.

Do you track the other SE's? Up, down or the same?

When you do a bulk submission it can backfire. Google knows you are paying for it.

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Yeh Bee, i think i made a mistake with the bulk submission
I won't try that again.

Jbin, I'm at number 4 in yahoo
and at number 1 in Bing for my main phrase

I just did a sweep for any 'hidden text' that might have mistakenly got on my site. When i viewed the site with jacascript disabled (as an seo site suggested),i saw a link from my web hosting company back to one of their sites, at the top of every single page on my site!

Its a free host package i recently changed to.

Would google classify this as a 'hidden text' issue ?

I certainly didnt know it was there! lol

Looks like a need a better hosting service

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