Garbage, low quality sites are overtaking my 1st place Google rankings

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I have a well-established site that's been up for almost 6 years.

It has numerous posts that are #1 or #2 on Google and have been for several years earning 10's of thousands of dollars in affiliate and other sales.

Lately I've noticed trashy, low quality sites moving up the ranks and in some cases, knocking me off the top spot. It's clear that some of these sites have even replicated my style and technique.

Can anyone explain how/why this happened?

One thing I did notice is that Domain Authority on my site has dropped to 28, whereas one of the fake sites has 33 domain authority. Not sure how since it's fairly new.

I also have major sites like BBC News linking to me which I thought would boost my authority a lot.

Any help?
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  • Profile picture of the author MinedCypress
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  • Profile picture of the author Caitlinz
    you might have stopped building some links or you may have not updated anu fresh content in a while?
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    • Profile picture of the author affdone
      Originally Posted by Caitlinz View Post

      you might have stopped building some links or you may have not updated anu fresh content in a while?
      That must be it.
  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by affdone View Post

    I have a well-established site that's been up for almost 6 years.

    It has numerous posts that are #1 or #2 on Google and have been for several years earning 10's of thousands of dollars in affiliate and other sales.

    Lately I've noticed trashy, low quality sites moving up the ranks and in some cases, knocking me off the top spot. It's clear that some of these sites have even replicated my style and technique.

    Can anyone explain how/why this happened?

    One thing I did notice is that Domain Authority on my site has dropped to 28, whereas one of the fake sites has 33 domain authority. Not sure how since it's fairly new.

    I also have major sites like BBC News linking to me which I thought would boost my authority a lot.

    Any help?
    Domain Authority has nothing to do with rankings, especially when talking about individual posts on sites.

    People put too much emphasis on "quality content" or "quality sites" when looking at rankings. The thing Google cares the most about is the quantity of quality links pointing at a page. My guess would be they are beating you with better links.

    Without seeing the sites, nobody is going to be able to provide you an answer.
  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    Probably G. is tossing sites to let others to have some fun claiming to be on page #1

    What is happening to you is not insulated case
    Our directory would come up on page #1 for at least 20 keywords phrases and in place #1
    for a half dozen but now a half dozen at the best even though nothing has been charged.

    Even keying 'amray' have in in #4 whereas for the last 12 years it was in #1 which says that G.
    is frucking around with SEO and Optimizers making sure everybody knows who is the Boss.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
    Originally Posted by affdone View Post


    One thing I did notice is that Domain Authority on my site has dropped to 28, whereas one of the fake sites has 33 domain authority. Not sure how since it's fairly new.
    You have more than likely lost links. Domain authority is hardly reliable all the time but a drop would indicate that their system saw a loss of links.

    You should be happy that they are only just now catching up to you. If you have been making good money from ranking you will have a target on your rank. It could be something else but its about a 90% chance they are just beating you in link building.
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    • Profile picture of the author affdone
      Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

      You have more than likely lost links. Domain authority is hardly reliable all the time but a drop would indicate that their system saw a loss of links.

      You should be happy that they are only just now catching up to you. If you have been making good money from ranking you will have a target on your rank. It could be something else but its about a 90% chance they are just beating you in link building.
      Thanks man.

      Looks like I have some work to do then.
  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    You think you have fantastic sites because you are dressing up your affiliate (and "other") sites?

    I call that putting lipstick on a pig.

    Be glad that YOU stuck around for so long....

    Why does everyone posting seem to think that their site is just the $#!TZ and it just deserves to be #1?

    Of course, somewhere some sap is celebrating, finally making it to the top....maybe coming here to do a WSO.

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    • Profile picture of the author affdone
      Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

      You think you have fantastic sites because you are dressing up your affiliate (and "other") sites?

      I call that putting lipstick on a pig.

      Be glad that YOU stuck around for so long....

      Why does everyone posting seem to think that their site is just the $#!TZ and it just deserves to be #1?

      Of course, somewhere some sap is celebrating, finally making it to the top....maybe coming here to do a WSO.

      Paul
      Ignorant reply.

      Maybe it's because I put a tonne of research and money into producing top-tier content and don't like to be ripped off by some kid in a basement using Blackhat techniques or ripping my material off.
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Originally Posted by affdone View Post

    I have a well-established site that's been up for almost 6 years.

    It has numerous posts that are #1 or #2 on Google and have been for several years earning 10's of thousands of dollars in affiliate and other sales.

    Lately I've noticed trashy, low quality sites moving up the ranks and in some cases, knocking me off the top spot. It's clear that some of these sites have even replicated my style and technique.

    Can anyone explain how/why this happened?

    One thing I did notice is that Domain Authority on my site has dropped to 28, whereas one of the fake sites has 33 domain authority. Not sure how since it's fairly new.

    Forget domain authority, it's not a sign of authority, it's a sales gimmick.

    Followed backlinks is what you need to be looking at.




    Originally Posted by affdone View Post

    I also have major sites like BBC News linking to me which I thought would boost my authority a lot.
    Only If they're followed links.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Forget domain authority, it's not a sign of authority, it's a sales gimmick.
      None of the metrics we have available to us are perfect and most are easily fooled because they are much smaller companies and don't have the ability to crawl and find links as Google does but a fall in any of the metrics (ahrefs, Majestic or yep even Moz) is usually a good sign that some links have been lost.

      The quality of those links to begin with is another matter.

      incidentally Majestic does a good job in this case indicating the site has been link spammed. Unfortunately that is confirmed by looking at the links.
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  • Profile picture of the author seomental
    its easy techniques.
    they are doing some special features and increasing their authority.

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