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Posted 29 July 2004 - 10:19 AM
I am a new member here, but have been visiting for a whiiiiiile, I think I would recognize your faces if we've met.
I would really appreciate if you could help me to solve the puzzle of what to heck happened with one of my sites.
We are health/beauty, which is extremely competitive. We are optimized, but not really in pursue of super-competitive keywords. People were mostly finding us looking for information on specific topics, and looking for a specific product we sell (we are the manufacturer and distributor).
So, everything was fine until this weekend. Well, we did get a hit during Florida update, lost couple of ranking points and could get it up much since (did I just say that? ). However, we did not suffer much, could always compensate what we loose with a new keyphrase. This weekend I noticed that our product pages were going away from Google... one after another. Those are dynamic pages, and they were never highly ranked, but they were searchable by direct queries. Now all the information pages that were "keyworded highly" are gone completely too. Not just moved 10 pages down, but are gone from the search engine. When searching by a direct query for those pages, somewhere the similar somewhat related pages come up on GOogle, but never the pages you are looking for.
I have couple of ideas of what could have happened, but, I am not sure if any of it is true.
- We just lunched Amazon.com store. Could it be that Google considered our pages to be of a similar content and wiped them out? Although there are stores that have their products on Amazon, yet, their pages are not excluded from Google.
- WE advertise products on shopping directories that using redirect links. But we do it for a long time, and other stores have their products listed too, yet their are there.
- I have noticed our products appear on top of Froogle. Google did make some major changes to Froogle lately. Could they 'transferred' us? Although, why would it affect some other pages?
Please, if you have any information on what could happen, I would really appreciate your help!!!
One thing is score/not score on keyword, and the other is for your customers not able to find you when they are really looking. That's WRONG!
Posted 29 July 2004 - 10:18 PM
Because you have done something for a long time with no affect, doesn't mean they won't catch up with you.
If your shopping pages are now in Froogle, instead of Google, then chances are that's what Google has done. Removed your relevant shopping pages from one index and put them within a more appropriate one. If your other pages that are non-product related are still within the main index, then it just keeps on confirming what has occured towards shifting them.
Google also drops pages occassionally, then picks them up again on the next index. Its far from a perfect beast and does make mistakes that you have to most of the time, have lots and lots of patience with.
Posted 29 July 2004 - 11:14 PM
You didn't happen to enlist the services of any spammy SEO company such as Traffic Power, did you?
Posted 30 July 2004 - 08:09 AM
One other question while we're at it. If you do a search at Google like site:www.yourdomain.com do you see that these interior pages now show up without any snippet?
There seems to be a lot of this partial indexing going on lately at Google. Which would produce exactly the effect you mentioned.
Posted 30 July 2004 - 08:17 AM
Cheers Randy, that was my question
Google sems to have done something to the way it is indexing sites, not sure if they have cut down the maximum response time allowable or what, but I am seeing tens of thousands of partially indexed pages in there.
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