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Hello,

I have a client we have been working with for sometime. Our client's ranking was fantastic, until an API we've integrated long ago into the site slowed down links to 45 seconds, in which harmed our ranking for the site. We resolved this issue however (after two weeks of work) and it has been fixed for 3 months now. Our ranking has not bounced back, and in fact googling the client's name does not bring up the site on the first page. This issue with the API was the only variable in which was changed that brought the ranking down, and I am concerned why it has not found it's way back to it's original position.

However, I've notice we have multiple 404 to pages that do not exist on the site itself, most links/pages being images. However, to my knowledge, such 404's do not harm any sort of SEO management according to Google.

We've also request Google to crawl the site, in which it seems not to be indexing any of it.

My question is, why is it taking so long for our client's site to bounce back, and is there anything more we can do to aid it in order to bounce back.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    1. Explain the API. Are you buying all your links through some convoluted public link seller?
    2. What's your proof Google isn't indexing your pages?
    3. 404's are a negative, fix them.
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  • Profile picture of the author codingguy
    The API is freegeoip.net, they changed a few things where one line of code was giving us some grief in the processing time, which increased the time to 45 seconds, but that issue was resolved months ago.

    We do not buy in links through anything.

    When we request a crawl, pages simply are not being indexed. Prior to this, we continuously had our pages indexed on the site, but since this episode the rate of indexing has dramatically dropped, and keeps on dropping. We know this through Google Webmaster Tools data and graphs displaying such information.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by codingguy View Post

      When we request a crawl, pages simply are not being indexed. Prior to this, we continuously had our pages indexed on the site, but since this episode the rate of indexing has dramatically dropped, and keeps on dropping. We know this through Google Webmaster Tools data and graphs displaying such information.
      Webmaster Tools isn't reliable for live search results.

      You need to be doing site:domain.com/exact-internal-url searches. That's how you prove a webpage/URL is or isn't being indexed/re-indexed. Check each internal URL in question.

      Example, here's how to see If this forum webpage is indexed (exact URL):



      an API we've integrated long ago into the site slowed down links to 45 seconds
      I still have no idea how your API matters as far as SEO. Either it's a working followed backlink or it's not.
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      • Profile picture of the author tomshark
        Our ranking has not bounced back, and in fact googling the client's name does not bring up the site on the first page.
        This smells a lot like a manual penalty (check Google Search Console to verify). Or, the client's name is a very hot keyword - and is probably too generic, but that's a branding issue. Or, your link profile has changed drastically and a few of those awesome links have now evaporated.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by codingguy View Post

      The API is freegeoip.net, they changed a few things where one line of code was giving us some grief in the processing time, which increased the time to 45 seconds, but that issue was resolved months ago.
      This doesn't seem like a very likely explanation to me. Sure, if your site was more or less inaccessible for two weeks (which is what 45 sec processing time would mean in extreme cases) that would hurt the rankings, but it doesn't really explain why it hasn't bounced back.

      Also, usually you build API connection so that they don't block the loading of the page, and in that case you'd at least see something there.

      I'd also try to seek for other possible explanations.
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      Links in signature will not help your SEO. Not on this site, and not on any other forum.
      Who told me this? An ex Google web spam engineer.

      What's your excuse?
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      • Profile picture of the author codingguy
        Originally Posted by nettiapina View Post

        This doesn't seem like a very likely explanation to me. Sure, if your site was more or less inaccessible for two weeks (which is what 45 sec processing time would mean in extreme cases) that would hurt the rankings, but it doesn't really explain why it hasn't bounced back.

        Also, usually you build API connection so that they don't block the loading of the page, and in that case you'd at least see something there.

        I'd also try to seek for other possible explanations.
        The other possible explanation, I believe, is it seems not to be crawling AJAX pages. After we fixed the API issue, we implemented a lot of AJAX technology, and these links are not being crawled correctly. This, I can fix, but I wonder if that is enough to warrant a reason why site: Client_Name does not bring up the URL to at least the front page in the Google search.

        This is the only alteration we have made to the site itself besides fixing the API issue, so I am hoping this is the "missing link". It just seems off that an AJAX crawl issue would be directly related to none of the site being indexed.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    That sounds to me like there are still unresolved issues like broken links or server problems or that there is something else wrong (most likely offpage) that just happened to hit at the same time as this API issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author nahidhasan2025
    Here are few things you should do to find the exact issue
    => Check Your link profile
    => Run a full crawl audit through any SEO tool like Moz, Majestic SEO etc to find a list of technical SEO issues, and fix them. (for example 404 issues, duplicate page issues etc)
    => Check google analytic and webmaster tool to discover the date from when your impression, CTR, and traffic started to fall. And check with the date to discover any specific algorithm updates google might had.

    Website loading time is an important part, and it seems you had this issue for two weeks, but I still believe there might have some other / additional issues.

    Also anchortext variation is an important part, though you were using your brand name so you might not have any issue with it, but still I will suggest you to check your link profile. Your competitors can also involve in doing negative SEO.
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