I have a big problem. I have started a guitar-related website at the end of June. I did a really good on-site SEO, added my website to a lot of various directories and then did some link building with iSnare (I published and distributed 8 articles).
The traffic growth was quite impressive.
I guess you can see what my problem is. On Sep 22nd my traffic collapsed from 6'500 daily visitors to 800 ... The problem is that the daily traffic from Google went from 6'200 to 500, so Google is definitely the only actor here.
I think there might be three reasons for this:
1. The GoogleBot punished me for my server issues. I was having some really serious server issues that started on Sep 18th - my server was unavailable 30 times for 5 minutes that day. In the next two days my server went offline 20 times. On Sep 21st it went down 40 times for 5 minutes. It was quite catastrophic. The next day, on Sep 22nd my traffic collapsed.
I think this is the most reasonable explanation - the GoogleBot punished me. Do you think this is the reason? Today I have moved the website to a powerful ServInt VPS and I need to know how to tell Google everything is great again.
2. Google might have put me in the sandbox, because the website is quite new (3 months). How can I check that - and how can I fix that?
3. I have sold 3 do-follow text-links from the home page on Sep 10th. Do you think this could be the reason? Do outgoing do-follow links LOWER your PageRank?
So, dear Warriors, I really need your help - you can see from the screenshot that the situation is really bad.
What do YOU think went wrong? And how can I fix that?
Thank you so much!