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Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:09 PM
This particular site experienced a similar drop about a year ago, but was back within a week.
I know this probably falls into the "sh*t happens; wait it out" category, but is there anything more I can do to figure out the cause or to fix it? Naturally my client's leads have fallen off and he's upset.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:08 AM
The only change I can think of that was made on this site was made on Jan. 9 (and made to several other sites at the same time — none of those have been hurt).
Basically, the system automatically posts new MLS listings as blog posts. The system was changed Jan 9 so that the blog category name was automatically inserted before the title. For example, "5328 8 Mount Landing Tappahannock VA 22560 MLS# 1203715" became "Tappahannock VA Real Estate - 5328 8 Mount Landing Tappahannock VA 22560 MLS# 1203715".
On this particular site, around 15,000 posts would have been updated. There are dozens of categories, with the biggest having around 4000 posts. I have a dozen or so other sites that have the same blogging system; none of them have lost ranking.
Whatever the reason, on Jan 29, traffic dropped from around 175 visitors/day to around 35-40. It still shows up in SERPs, but several pages further back.
Does that mean that Google has imposed a penalty on it?
If it has been penalized, should I submit it for reconsideration? Wait to see what happens? Or what do you suggest?
Thanks for your help, as always!
Posted 12 February 2012 - 01:19 PM
None of us could say without a thorough review of the situation.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 03:03 PM
I requested that my client's link be removed from one site, but the others have no contact info.
Are these likely to have caused the penalty?
Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:55 PM
Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:06 PM
Unless of course the site doesn't have any real links of real sites that actually like them and are linking to them naturally.
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