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5:32 pm on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hello , something happened to my site 2 days ago .It was ranking on page 2 for its most competitive keyword (domain name)and now its not available at all . now it only searches for some categories on pages 15-18 but the main url is out. while i was bookmarking my site 2 days ago in a few major bookmarking sites i also bookmarked on google (dont know why) and in my webmaster account i resubmit my site-map . nothing else . can this be the cause or i just got penalized by google for something.
can someone please tell me , i worked hard to get to page 2 and now its all gone. is there any way i can check why penalized and what to fix .
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6:26 pm on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to the forums marketman666,

2 days is not a very long time, I'd wait another few days as it's not uncommon for sites to disappear briefly and to reappear at the same or near the same ranking.

You may want to look at the Google News forum [webmasterworld.com] or use google to search threads [google.ca] with a similar situation, as there are thousands of similar posts.

I wouldn't be too worried unless you feel you've been sailing close to the wind to get to page 2 in the first place.
2:28 pm on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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mm666 - I would concur with b-hood of the LAN in the fact that a couple of days isn't a big deal.

However, you need to think: (1) did you try some type of "trick" to try to boost your site ranking?; (2) is your site relatively new...less than 3 months old?; (3) did you do something to your benign thing to your site prior like chenged the meta information, moved major content around?

If none of the above, than wait a little bit more time before you get too concerned. I had a site that was doing great and then voila, it went from page 3 to page 10 overnight. A few days later it came back to page 3 but then repeated this cycle for about 3 weeks. For the life of me I couldn't explain why this was happening, but eventually it sorted itself out and the site's ranking is stable and moving onwards and upwards.