by Pragun
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Hey warriors,

I've been working on a website for a while and it was doing really well... until recently.

I had been promoting my website and it had started ranking really well for my primary and secondary. in about 2 and a half months, I was able to bring it to #2 for my primary and #8 for my secondary keyword.

Then about 4 days ago, the website disappeared from Google's listing all of a sudden. I did a "site:" search on Google, and it seems like my website's still indexed. I just seem to have lost out on the rankings suddenly?

Any reason which could explain why something like this could have happened? Have I been, as the saying goes, slapped?
#slapped
  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    The Google dance, and evaluation of links, to reevaluate the rankings perhaps. Some consider it like a slingshot, you go way back and then move forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    That happened to me with one of my sites. I was #1 for a phrase and then I was nowhere to be found after I did an edit on the TITLE tag. So I put it back and then I was back at #1 again. Go figure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    If it held it's ranking for a while and is still indexed it's likely not "slapped". If you've done any new link building recently or made changes to the sites configuration in some way that could be it. Give it a little time, most likely come back...possibly with higher rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pragun
    I sure hope to god the three of you are right...
    I'll take a look at the site config, once again and probably wait for a while...
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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    If you're talking about the site in your sig, the problem is a weak backlink profile, too few links and those there aren't very strong ones.

    Remember when you have just a few links the loss or devaluation of a single link can make the difference between ranking or not ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Qamar
    My website which was ranking on page 2 google also vanished since 4 days ago!
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  • [Vince makes a complicated gesture in front of his apron, then slaps Pragun across the face with both hands, really hard!] Slapped? You have been, now!

    Seriously, I've had content disappear from the SERP's for a few days, then had it magically reappear. Don't jump to concussions -- it may just be the Google dance, as it updates its search results across many, many servers.

    HTH,

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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Yeah, sounds like the Google dance.
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    • Profile picture of the author bethsuzi
      This is quite normal.

      This can happen anything up to 6 months or so of a new website before it settles. Just keep promoting and building quality backlinks to your site and forget about it's position in the serps for now - it will return.

      Beth
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  • Profile picture of the author poppa5502
    No my friend..you good..it will come back..we really don't know why Google does that but if you are ranked and do some type of link building..some way some how..it alters it for a day or so..but it will be back.

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  • Profile picture of the author Diane S
    Originally Posted by Pragun View Post

    Hey warriors,

    I've been working on a website for a while and it was doing really well... until recently.

    I had been promoting my website and it had started ranking really well for my primary and secondary. in about 2 and a half months, I was able to bring it to #2 for my primary and #8 for my secondary keyword.

    Then about 4 days ago, the website disappeared from Google's listing all of a sudden. I did a "site:" search on Google, and it seems like my website's still indexed. I just seem to have lost out on the rankings suddenly?

    Any reason which could explain why something like this could have happened? Have I been, as the saying goes, slapped?
    Don't think you have been 'slapped' as much as devalued. I am assuming you are talking about the site in your signature. You could give more value to your site by adding more variety to your keywords. In addition to anchoring 'stop panic attacks' also get links with 'stop panic attacks now' or 'stop panic attacks today,' for example. I do see one link for 'how to stop panic attacks,' which is a good one.

    Be sure to look at the outgoing links on the pages where you are getting your links. You are not getting much PR trickle down effect leaving a link on a page that already has 168 outgoing links, for example.

    I also see links for 'home page' and 'website,' which are also not giving any value to your site.

    Those are just a few things to try. Wish you all the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author rambabu.seo
    no guy, it's just their updation of crawling process of the googlebot and reindex what crawled to find if your site gets disappeared suddden don't worry . .
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    • Profile picture of the author Pragun
      Originally Posted by bgmacaw View Post

      If you're talking about the site in your sig, the problem is a weak backlink profile, too few links and those there aren't very strong ones.
      Remember when you have just a few links the loss or devaluation of a single link can make the difference between ranking or not ranking.
      Thanks for the input mate. I agree with you there. The links are few and weak as of now, but we've been building links continuously and will continue to do so even as I speak. I've just been a little low on funds, which has been slowing things down.

      I am taking steps to cover the shortcomings mentioned by you though. Thanks

      Originally Posted by Vince Runza Online View Post

      [Vince makes a complicated gesture in front of his apron, then slaps Pragun across the face with both hands, really hard!] Slapped? You have been, now!

      Seriously, I've had content disappear from the SERP's for a few days, then had it magically reappear. Don't jump to concussions -- it may just be the Google dance, as it updates its search results across many, many servers.

      HTH,

      Vince Runza
      Thanks mate. This is my first time I've performed this well with a website. That reassurance definitely does me good.

      Originally Posted by bethsuzi View Post

      This is quite normal.

      This can happen anything up to 6 months or so of a new website before it settles. Just keep promoting and building quality backlinks to your site and forget about it's position in the serps for now - it will return.

      Beth
      Thanks Beth,

      I will make sure that the backlinking efforts don't slow down and will keep doing it as best as I can.

      Originally Posted by Diane S View Post

      Don't think you have been 'slapped' as much as devalued. I am assuming you are talking about the site in your signature. You could give more value to your site by adding more variety to your keywords. In addition to anchoring 'stop panic attacks' also get links with 'stop panic attacks now' or 'stop panic attacks today,' for example. I do see one link for 'how to stop panic attacks,' which is a good one.

      Be sure to look at the outgoing links on the pages where you are getting your links. You are not getting much PR trickle down effect leaving a link on a page that already has 168 outgoing links, for example.

      I also see links for 'home page' and 'website,' which are also not giving any value to your site.

      Those are just a few things to try. Wish you all the best!
      True,
      I had been building backlinks with only one anchor up till a couple of weeks back. I have started targeting two other keywords now, so that should help me cover the gap that you've pointed out.

      Thanks for the input!

      ~ Pragun
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  • Profile picture of the author tdd1984
    Originally Posted by Pragun View Post

    Hey warriors,

    I've been working on a website for a while and it was doing really well... until recently.

    I had been promoting my website and it had started ranking really well for my primary and secondary. in about 2 and a half months, I was able to bring it to #2 for my primary and #8 for my secondary keyword.

    Then about 4 days ago, the website disappeared from Google's listing all of a sudden. I did a "site:" search on Google, and it seems like my website's still indexed. I just seem to have lost out on the rankings suddenly?

    Any reason which could explain why something like this could have happened? Have I been, as the saying goes, slapped?
    Give it some time, it might just be re-indexing. It's really hard saying. I've had websites totally disappear and then re-appear for no apparent reason.
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  • Profile picture of the author nelaffiliate
    Its just one of those things Google does. Don't worry, your website will be back with it's good rankings. The search engine is just trying to determine where to place your website. Continue adding unique content to your site and backlinking it.
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