Any reason our website keyword rankings have all gone?

by zoro
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Our website's 5 main Keywords have been ranking on Page One of Google for last 2 yrs. When we recently checked the rankings, we now find that none of the keywords are ranked in top 100.?

We only do minimal white-hat SEO as the Keywords do not have a lot of competition.

Any clues as to why the keyword rankings would just disappear like that?

* Updated. Our Rankings are now back again
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  • Profile picture of the author kursat
    Hope it is not a Sandbox issue with Google...you might want to check that.
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    • Profile picture of the author zoro
      Originally Posted by kursat View Post

      Hope it is not a Sandbox issue with Google...you might want to check that.
      I have checked it out with 2 Sandbox Checker Tools, and they say website Looks AAA OK.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    There is no such thing as a sandbox checking tool. Nor would a site that has been around for 2 years be "sandboxed".

    So what exactly does your "white hat" SEO consist of?
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    • Profile picture of the author zoro
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      There is no thing as a sandbox checking tool. Nor would a site that has been around for 2 years be "sandboxed".

      So what exactly does your "white hat" SEO consist of?
      We place 2 articles with back-links on Blogger.com and on 2 other local directories each month. We do about 20 new social bookmarks every month. And we write one new article for our website with internal page link every month and we write 1 new press release (PRwire.com) every 3 months.
      Our website has been ranking in top 10 for 5 main keywords for over 2 yrs.
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        What have your competitors doing recently?

        Any messages from Google in the Webmaster side of the world?

        Blogger? How do you do that? Blogger.com's free version TOS: no using blogger to boost the ranking of another site. Did they shut down some sites you had links from?

        Originally Posted by zoro View Post

        We place 2 articles with back-links on Blogger.com and on 2 other local directories each month. We do about 20 new social bookmarks every month. And we write one new article for our website with internal page link every month and we write 1 new press release (PRwire.com) every 3 months.
        Our website has been ranking in top 10 for 5 main keywords for over 2 yrs.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    For all we know OP changed a CMS theme & lost most of his internal links or... changed URL structure without doing 301s to the new URLs per each internal page, or...
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  • Profile picture of the author MRseo007
    please check google latest update and also see your anchor text ratio are maintain google rule or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by MRseo007 View Post

      please check google latest update and also see your anchor text ratio are maintain google rule or not.
      Fail.

      There's no anchor-text ratio. If that was the case (it's not) no site on the net would rank for it's own branded domain name.
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  • I suggest you to use Xenu to check the outbound links of your website and see if you find something fishy. It did happen with our site a year back, I found a malicious code in my website header of the wordpress theme. Got it corrected and now rankings are back to normal
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    • Profile picture of the author zoro
      Originally Posted by eluminoustechnologies View Post

      I suggest you to use Xenu to check the outbound links of your website and see if you find something fishy. It did happen with our site a year back, I found a malicious code in my website header of the wordpress theme. Got it corrected and now rankings are back to normal
      Thanks. I checked the links using Xenu, and it found no broken links or faults.
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  • Profile picture of the author KylieSweet
    Originally Posted by zoro View Post

    We recently checked the rankings, we now find that none of the keywords are ranked in top 100.?
    We only do minimal white-hat SEO as the Keywords do not have a lot of competition.
    Google consider these top positioned websites as a hub of information to the users because they offer regular new, interesting and beneficial information. Which means Google like active websites on top positions for the audience then the inactive or abandoned sites are placed in lower positions in rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author curehproducts
    there are many factors for that sitution
    1- inrease the number of comptitors
    2- do you not update the content.
    3- do you not make new high pr dofollow backlinks
    and so on.
    Please send me your website link or contact me at skype: dearhussainn
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  • Profile picture of the author marissaryan
    As some one said, check your backlink profile and see if there is any link from low quality sites and if there is any, remove it immediately.
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  • Profile picture of the author lucyberrette
    Have you received any message in your webmaster tool? There can be many factors which results in sudden lost of ranking. Are you updating content in your site on regular basis? This is also a main factor for ranking well in search engines.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by MRseo007 View Post

      please check google latest update and also see your anchor text ratio are maintain google rule or not.
      Google has no such rule.


      Originally Posted by zoro View Post

      We place 2 articles with back-links on Blogger.com and on 2 other local directories each month. We do about 20 new social bookmarks every month. And we write one new article for our website with internal page link every month and we write 1 new press release (PRwire.com) every 3 months.
      Our website has been ranking in top 10 for 5 main keywords for over 2 yrs.
      Why only 2 local directories? You should have been in all of them by now. There is no need to only do 2 a month. I would stop the social bookmarking. That is a total waste of time and provides zero benefit. I also would not do a press release every 3 months. I would do a press release if you have something newsworthy to share about the business. It doesn't matter when it is. It might happen in back to back months. It might never happen. Just throwing a press release out there every 3 months just to throw a press release out there does not make much sense. It should not be treated as an article dump.

      A few things I would do. Check Webmaster Tools (Search Console now) and see if there are any messages from Google. Comb through your site looking for malicious content. If the site was hacked, and Google detected it, you could likely see a drop. There might be a delay in them reporting that in Webmaster Tools though. Check to see if there have been any hosting issues. If a host goes down a lot, Google might drop the site down in the rankings.

      I would start there.
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    • Profile picture of the author konradbraun
      Originally Posted by lucyberrette View Post

      Have you received any message in your webmaster tool? There can be many factors which results in sudden lost of ranking. Are you updating content in your site on regular basis? This is also a main factor for ranking well in search engines.
      @lucyberrette I can't believe you were the first one to ask this... as in... that was the first thing I had to think.

      How long since it lost it's rankings? Is your site still indexed?

      I once was on the receiving end of a mega penalty where Google deindexed my VERY established site... one page at a time until it was deindexed. It was painful to watch.

      Exactly 18 months later (to the date) it was back... with its top rankings and all

      It's definitely not competition (unless they spam linked to your blog to hell and back). If competition was to blame for any other reason than that, you would have lost a couple spots... not the first 100. At least not this fast!

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  • Profile picture of the author zoro
    Rankings Are Back ... Hurray!!


    For some weird reason all our main keyword Google rankings are back.

    Thanks everyone for all your input and great suggestions, It's been much appreciated.
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    • Profile picture of the author konradbraun
      Originally Posted by zoro View Post

      Rankings Are Back ... Hurray!!


      For some weird reason all our main keyword Google rankings are back.

      Thanks everyone for all your input and great suggestions, It's been much appreciated.
      That is awesome!

      Now I'm really curious: How long did your rankings disappear for?

      Btw... congrats on dominating for so long!

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      • Profile picture of the author zoro
        Originally Posted by konradbraun View Post

        That is awesome!

        Now I'm really curious: How long did your rankings disappear for?

        Btw... congrats on dominating for so long!

        Konrad
        Yeah I'm glad too.

        The Ranking disappeared for about 7 days. At first I thought it was my rank checker software so I also tried a couple of online rank checkers, but they also showed my keywords not ranking in top 100. Then last night whilst watching TV I decided to check rankings using my mobile phone an Google Incognito. To my surprise all keyword ranks were back in top 10.
        So, this morning I tried using my ranking software (Rank Tracker) again and it showed that all rankings were good again.
        So I don't know what it was, but all is good now, and I hope it stays.

        Thanks for your help.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      This is the reason forum posting doesn't help people: they don't read the thread they're proposing to add their comment in before they add their comment.

      Originally Posted by aananda1432 View Post

      This are the reason of keywords ranking drop down.
      Some examples of unnatural, spammy link building tactics include:
      • Reciprocal linking
      • Interlinking between controlled domains
      • Paid links
      • Site-wide links (such as footer or blog-roll links)
      • Links from low-quality or generic directories
      • Links from low-quality or irrelevant sites
      • Overuse of keyword-rich anchor text
      Originally Posted by FreedomBlogger View Post

      Have you checked if any other of your websites pages are still indexed in Google search results?

      If Google stopped ranking some of your pages, then maybe your site has been penalized for something.

      You should re-check the off-page SEO you have done so far. And also check all of your backlinks - to see if maybe your competitors have something to do with this.

      You know, competitors can play nasty sometimes. Just think about this. what if your competitors did some black hat SEO for your pages, so they can get penalized?

      I have heard of people doing this on purpose. I think is messed up. That is why you should always really check the backlinks your site is getting. Check backlinks on every page.

      I hope this helps!
      Originally Posted by zoro View Post

      Rankings Are Back ... Hurray!!


      For some weird reason all our main keyword Google rankings are back.

      Thanks everyone for all your input and great suggestions, It's been much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    Have you checked if any other of your websites pages are still indexed in Google search results?

    If Google stopped ranking some of your pages, then maybe your site has been penalized for something.

    You should re-check the off-page SEO you have done so far. And also check all of your backlinks - to see if maybe your competitors have something to do with this.

    You know, competitors can play nasty sometimes. Just think about this. what if your competitors did some black hat SEO for your pages, so they can get penalized?

    I have heard of people doing this on purpose. I think is messed up. That is why you should always really check the backlinks your site is getting. Check backlinks on every page.

    I hope this helps!
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    • Profile picture of the author aananda1432
      This are the reason of keywords ranking drop down.
      Some examples of unnatural, spammy link building tactics include:
      • Reciprocal linking
      • Interlinking between controlled domains
      • Paid links
      • Site-wide links (such as footer or blog-roll links)
      • Links from low-quality or generic directories
      • Links from low-quality or irrelevant sites
      • Overuse of keyword-rich anchor text
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  • Profile picture of the author mooncheong
    Originally Posted by zoro View Post

    Our website's 5 main Keywords have been ranking on Page One of Google for last 2 yrs. When we recently checked the rankings, we now find that none of the keywords are ranked in top 100.?

    We only do minimal white-hat SEO as the Keywords do not have a lot of competition.

    Any clues as to why the keyword rankings would just disappear like that?

    * Updated. Our Rankings are now back again

    What kind of backlinks you have?What's their DA,PA,TF,CF.They should be at least 20,20,10,10 respectively and with non spammy keywords and backlinks.You might want to check your Metrics with Moz & Majestic

    If your backlinks look fine then others might have outranked you.
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  • Profile picture of the author jameswilliam724
    Google now become more smart and smarter like peoples. A simple thing which made our keywords to the tremendous drop in SERP's today. So we have to be aware of what we doing.
    Avoid same contents for all bookmarks and other link sharing places.
    Unique content alone will give you better result than what other techniques could give.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kherk Roldan
    Sorry to hear that

    The only thing that caused you to lose all your rankings was bad SEO. You know WAY better than us what SEO was done on your site. Right?

    Start over with a new domain and this time, learn how to do SEO before doing it!
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      If you had read the OP's first post (not just his thread title), you'd have known that the rankings are back and would not have looked silly, right?

      Originally Posted by mooncheong View Post

      What kind of backlinks you have?What's their DA,PA,TF,CF.They should be at least 20,20,10,10 respectively and with non spammy keywords and backlinks.You might want to check your Metrics with Moz & Majestic

      If your backlinks look fine then others might have outranked you.
      Originally Posted by jameswilliam724 View Post

      Google now become more smart and smarter like peoples. A simple thing which made our keywords to the tremendous drop in SERP's today. So we have to be aware of what we doing.
      Avoid same contents for all bookmarks and other link sharing places.
      Unique content alone will give you better result than what other techniques could give.
      Originally Posted by Kherk Roldan View Post

      Sorry to hear that

      The only thing that caused you to lose all your rankings was bad SEO. You know WAY better than us what SEO was done on your site. Right?

      Start over with a new domain and this time, learn how to do SEO before doing it!
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by DABK View Post

        ...you'd have known that the rankings are back...
        He'll be back in a week, considering he didn't do anything to make the pages come back.
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        • Profile picture of the author DABK
          In post 19, OP says they were back as of the time he wrote that post.

          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          He'll be back in a week, considering he didn't do anything to make the pages come back.
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          • Profile picture of the author yukon
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            Originally Posted by DABK View Post

            In post 19, OP says they were back as of the time he wrote that post.

            Right, and he didn't do anything to make the pages come back on the SERPs which means he'll be just as lost the next time it happens. For all we know his host is offline 3 days out of the week.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by Kherk Roldan View Post

      Start over with a new domain and this time, learn how to do SEO before doing it!
      That's gotta be the worst piece of advice of the week. This "start again with a new domain" is stupid and unnecessarily destructive in most cases, and you should not hand it out as a cure for all.

      However, this user already posted that their rankings are back.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by nettiapina View Post

        Originally Posted by Kherk Roldan View Post

        Start over with a new domain and this time, learn how to do SEO before doing it!
        That's gotta be the worst piece of advice of the week. This "start again with a new domain" is stupid and unnecessarily destructive in most cases, and you should not hand it out as a cure for all.
        LMAO, start a new domain...







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    • Profile picture of the author konradbraun
      Originally Posted by Kherk Roldan View Post

      Sorry to hear that

      The only thing that caused you to lose all your rankings was bad SEO. You know WAY better than us what SEO was done on your site. Right?

      Start over with a new domain and this time, learn how to do SEO before doing it!
      I once went to a doctor when I was a teenager because my mom insisted I had chicken pox. To be sure, I went to get checked out and the doctor looks at me and says "Allergies!"

      Shocked, considering I did not have any allergies that I knew of, I asked if he had any idea what caused the allergy. His response was the same as yours "only you know what you have eaten in the last 24 hours!"

      He prescribed me allergy drugs.

      With allergy prescription in hand, I was shocked even more. So I repeated my initial question: "Don't you think it's chicken pox? My mom says it's chicken pox!"

      Him, second guessing, takes another look. Then he grabs my prescription, tears it in half and says "Acne, you have acne!" as he starts writing another prescription for acne drugs (which I later learned could have had suicidal side-effects!)

      I was so frustrated at this point that I just took his prescription, went home and continued scratching my arse until the chicken pox subsided.

      Moral of this story? If you don't know what you're talking about, don't talk!
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