I recently got slapped in the chops by big bad Google and I was hoping some of you kind souls might be able to help me understand why.
I'm a copywriter and the site in question is Home | Freelance Copywriter. I had risen to page 3 for the keyword "freelance copywriter", and pages 2-7 for other keywords, such as "website copywriter", "copywriting services", "copywriter", etc. A few weeks ago my homepage fell all the way back down to page 40 for "freelance copywriter" and my other pages experienced similarly painful results!
I'm struggling to understand why because I write all of my own content myself, and it's completely unique. All I've ever done is submit articles to article directories in an attempt to obtain backlinks...
BUT, I've been told that this could be the problem, because I took A LOT of my existing blog posts and then used the exact same posts as articles, which I submitted to article directories like ezine, go articles, amazines, articlebase, etc. This was pretty much all I was doing, and it seemed to be working, so I kept doing it!
Anyway, a friend of mine has recently started doing some SEO work for me free of charge (to repair some of the damage). I wrote 3 unique articles for him, and sent them over. That was 2 weeks ago now and since then my site has risen from page 40 to page 23.
If anyone has any suggestions on what I might have done wrong (so I can avoid doing it in the future) I'd be very grateful!
Thanks in advance,