I have a blog on a particular niche and I build backlinks to it via submitting articles to various article directory.
The blog has been doing well for about 2 months now, and some of my pages were on No. 1 page of google.
Just 4 days ago someone reprinted my articles on his/her blog (they might have probably gotten it from the article directory I submitted it to). I knew it was reprinted because I received a trackback.
At first, I was excited because I was getting more backlinks to my blog, but after 24 hours, all the pages on my blog dropped from 1st page of google to 8th page and some pages were even lost (can't find the exact ranking)
These are the questions I have been asking myself:
1. Was it because I didn't approve the trackback
2. Is it that google didn't trust the links
3. Has the site (the site backlinking to my site) been penalized by google
4. Is this going to last for a short time or is it going to take over 3 months.
5 What are the possible solution to this.
Please let me know what you think about this and how I can resolve this issue as well as how to prevent it from occurring in the future...