Google ruined me and my business

by zonkow
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Everything was going pretty good until I checked my rankings yesterday and shocked to see all my posts and pages mysteriously disappeared on Google.
I built my site about 70 days ago and I was on the first page for more than one month for my primary keyword. I had made my first sale.
Besides, my other keywords were going rapidly up to the first page.
All the content on my site is original and written by good,native speakers. Plus all my articles and product reviews are about 1500 words long.
I never bought any backlinks from anyone. I never participated in a link exchange activity. I even didn't commend on a single blog
I only bookmarked my posts on popular social bookmarking sites,uploaded two of my articles to 8-10 document sharing sites and created a squidoo lens to get backlinks.
Now, my traffic has decreased by 90 percent and my site is still nowhere on Google.
I'm very desperate...
#business #google #ruined
  • Profile picture of the author redfeilds18
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    • Profile picture of the author zonkow
      Originally Posted by redfeilds18 View Post

      It happened with me as well! also Alexa ranking dropped badly!
      My Alexa ranking is also going down
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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    Did you check your backlinks? Is it possible that you are the victim of negative SEO by a competitor? There are people who will destroy sites for money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Arianwllson
      Have you checked your back links and submitted stories in social bookmarking sites where you have put your website because if you have made some mistake while submitting your site in bookmarking site then moderator of that site removes that story.
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  • Profile picture of the author samdar
    zonkow,

    First calm down! It happens from time and time again for a new website. You have stated that your website was built 70 days ago. So, now we are dealing with a new website.

    Often Google ranks a new website on top results for its target keyword but drops it later because of many reasons. One such reasons could be the fact that your bounce rate was high? I mean users come through Google and find nothing useful at your site. This is very common for review type websites that does affiliate marketing.

    From what you were describing I guess your site might have not got substantial amount of content and might have tried ranking for hot keyword just to make sales. From what you have explained I see this might be the only reason. Since you have not done anything wrong from a backlinks standpoint I may be right.

    Now to get authority in this niche and dominate the rankings, you may want to:

    - Add more authoritative content. Remember 1500 words articles is not authoritative unless and until it is useful for the end user.
    - Add a blog and feed your site with continuous content on a daily or biweekly.
    - Start slow with link building as this is a new site and expedite once you gain authority.

    All in all, Google can not ruin you or your business. Google is a powerful platform and you need to know the 'right' way to dominate it. Remember there is no short cut. Run behind serving your customers... Rankings and money will run after you
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  • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
    A site 70 days old is way to new to have a settled in ranking

    You need to keep building back links, keep adding quality content and keep driving traffic to your site

    I have had sites jump around for a year before they finally settle into position

    Do not just rely on your Google ranking to drive traffic to you site!!
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    • Profile picture of the author zonkow
      Originally Posted by Aussie_Al View Post

      A site 70 days old is way to new to have a settled in ranking

      You need to keep building back links, keep adding quality content and keep driving traffic to your site

      I have had sites jump around for a year before they finally settle into position

      Do not just rely on your Google ranking to drive traffic to you site!!
      You are right saying that a 70 day old site is still too new. But I still see a lot of
      review sites on the first page of Google which are thin review sites established around single product
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      • Profile picture of the author richinca
        First of all, relax (I know this is difficult to do)

        Google is doing quite a bit lately and some of it is fixing Panda issues. It also seems to me that when they re-rank your site, it can drop to nowhere for a few days.

        This has just happened to a few of my sites. On page one, then on pages 7 - 14, then gone (ranked in the hundreds), then back to page one in a little better position than the original.

        While that behavior may not seem strange to some, it is the timeframe that it is happening. I've seen it over a 2-3 week period, so something is definitely going on with big G. I've noticed funny :confused: Bing changes as well which seem to lag. Maybe Bing is still taking some ranking data from G.

        I'd say give it at least two week before changing anything drastically.

        Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

        You are right saying that a 70 day old site is still too new. But I still see a lot of
        review sites on the first page of Google which are thin review sites established around single product
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  • Profile picture of the author kmachine
    Welcome to Google´s World!
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  • Profile picture of the author addlinkweb
    do you use Google Webmaster Tools ? if Google penalizes a website then it definitely sends a message to its Webmasters account, if you didn't received then maybe your website is attacked by Google Dance algorithm. My website was also disappeared from its keyword in top 10 pages but after 2 , 3 days Google agained placed it in higher position than before
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    • Profile picture of the author aygabtu
      One of my sites just got nailed too! I was in the top 10 for a bunch of terms. Pretty steady for a 6 month old site. But in the last two hours, I've dropped big on many terms! I receive no notifications from google. My site has been too stable for this to be the google dance.
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  • Profile picture of the author ilovechinesefood
    Chill out man, if you're using white hat, don't be surprised to see your rankings come back even stronger. My rankings dropped out of nowhere ( I only use white hat) and now it's back. It's also common for new sites to fluctuate.
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  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    yep my site got hit today...and a lot of re shuffling of sites in my niche as someone else mentioned....i hope it comes back...my site was stable for 4 months...
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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    1- as every one has been saying, a 70 days old website is going to see this kind of movement. So be patient and keep improving your site and work on it.

    2- I just don't understand this when people say google destroyed my business. Come on, get real! Google is a business and is there to make money. Google didn't ask you to build your business on their land and they certainly didn't guaranty your business would succeed and stay alive forever.

    My site lost a bit ranking in the last few weeks as well, but I don't Blaim google for that. It's my choice to build a business around google and what it can do for me. If I fail, it's not google's fault. If you don't want google to "destroy your business" then use other methods of traffic generation, social media is one example.

    Instead of saying google destroyed my business, learn from this and try to not rely solely on google for traffic. Start working on other traffic generation methods. All that said, your site is way too new for you to go crazy over this.

    I hope I didn't come across harsh, I am just being honest and plus this happened to my 4 year old site with 4000 daily traffic and $300 A day earnings as well, so I know the feeling, but you can't be mad at google for running their business the way they want to run it.
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    Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

    Everything was going pretty good until I checked my rankings yesterday and shocked to see all my posts and pages mysteriously disappeared on Google.
    I built my site about 70 days ago and I was on the first page for more than one month for my primary keyword. I had made my first sale.
    Besides, my other keywords were going rapidly up to the first page.
    All the content on my site is original and written by good,native speakers. Plus all my articles and product reviews are about 1500 words long.
    I never bought any backlinks from anyone. I never participated in a link exchange activity. I even didn't commend on a single blog
    I only bookmarked my posts on popular social bookmarking sites,uploaded two of my articles to 8-10 document sharing sites and created a squidoo lens to get backlinks.
    Now, my traffic has decreased by 90 percent and my site is still nowhere on Google.
    I'm very desperate...
    Grow up
    70 days is not a business.
    one sale is not a business
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  • Profile picture of the author gregdavidson727
    Did you build any backlinks to your website? If not, it could explain why your website "temporarily" showed up in the search results and then disappeared.
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  • Profile picture of the author Icematikx
    Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

    Everything was going pretty good until I checked my rankings yesterday and shocked to see all my posts and pages mysteriously disappeared on Google.
    I built my site about 70 days ago and I was on the first page for more than one month for my primary keyword. I had made my first sale.
    Besides, my other keywords were going rapidly up to the first page.
    All the content on my site is original and written by good,native speakers. Plus all my articles and product reviews are about 1500 words long.
    I never bought any backlinks from anyone. I never participated in a link exchange activity. I even didn't commend on a single blog
    I only bookmarked my posts on popular social bookmarking sites,uploaded two of my articles to 8-10 document sharing sites and created a squidoo lens to get backlinks.
    Now, my traffic has decreased by 90 percent and my site is still nowhere on Google.
    I'm very desperate...
    Stop relying on one website to make you income. You have not established a business, and you are not dominating Google. Google can do whatever the hell it wishes with your site's rankings. If your site's crap, then you're not to get results. If your site presents high-quality informative content, then you'll be rewarded in the long-term (if not only by Google, but also through users sharing content etc).

    Your website should be a long-term investment. Not a short-term "GET PAGE ONE" and quit forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    You only put your site up 70 days ago? You may have been sand boxed. Normally, you get some good results at first then you disappear for a while. If your content has any traction and you get sustained social mentions, you move back up. This happens. Don't worry. Keep producing good content. Keep building a rapport with your audience. Keep your eyes on the prize!
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    • Profile picture of the author manish123
      I would suggest you to focus on getting traffic from referral sites. Use Facebook, twitter and other platforms to get traffic. Often people underestimates the power of social media for traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author DPM70
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      You only put your site up 70 days ago? You may have been sand boxed. Normally, you get some good results at first then you disappear for a while. If your content has any traction and you get sustained social mentions, you move back up. This happens. Don't worry. Keep producing good content. Keep building a rapport with your audience. Keep your eyes on the prize!
      This thread was started 24 April 2012. It was likely Penguin.

      (Why do these old threads keep getting bumped up?)
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  • Profile picture of the author bodmov
    You need to give us more information if you want to see more competent advice.Did you change your anchor text?How many links have you gotten?How many per day?What kind of them?You've mention some of them, but describe in details...

    My advice is try to post guest articles and also try to get more G+ buttons.
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  • Profile picture of the author ishuvonet
    Once It happened with one of my site too.I was at the first page of Google for 2 months and just started to build backlinks and my site gone! Yea sure the site was sandboxed and disappeared from Google.I stopped working on the site.The site eventually get back after 3 months and again first page of Google.I started work on it again like posting contents,build few quality backlinks and site gone again.
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  • Profile picture of the author geraldspins
    Ever since the recent onslaught of continuous updates, I've diversified into other sources and I suggest that you do the same! Relying on Google alone will be detrimental.. I've seen that happen to tons of people already
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  • Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

    Everything was going pretty good until I checked my rankings yesterday and shocked to see all my posts and pages mysteriously disappeared on Google.
    I built my site about 70 days ago and I was on the first page for more than one month for my primary keyword. I had made my first sale.
    Besides, my other keywords were going rapidly up to the first page.
    All the content on my site is original and written by good,native speakers. Plus all my articles and product reviews are about 1500 words long.
    I never bought any backlinks from anyone. I never participated in a link exchange activity. I even didn't commend on a single blog
    I only bookmarked my posts on popular social bookmarking sites,uploaded two of my articles to 8-10 document sharing sites and created a squidoo lens to get backlinks.
    Now, my traffic has decreased by 90 percent and my site is still nowhere on Google.
    I'm very desperate...
    Your site is too new to have a stable ranking in Google. Just keep building high quality backlinks, and your site will eventually improve in rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Soos
    My site was up for 2 1/2 years, selling quality medical products with good content. I would average 4-500 visits a day, not much, but I am niche and I made £1m a year. My business has collapsed and as of today I get 4-5 visits a day. non so far today at all.

    I did nothing wrong, but google have destroyed my life completely as I now have no income but the same overhead. My business was online only. I kn ow everyone will have an opinion on this, but I have worked 100 a week for years bulding my company, only for it to die overnight, literally.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by Stephen Soos View Post

      My site was up for 2 1/2 years, selling quality medical products with good content. I would average 4-500 visits a day, not much, but I am niche and I made £1m a year. My business has collapsed and as of today I get 4-5 visits a day. non so far today at all.

      I did nothing wrong, but google have destroyed my life completely as I now have no income but the same overhead. My business was online only. I kn ow everyone will have an opinion on this, but I have worked 100 a week for years bulding my company, only for it to die overnight, literally.

      Did you reinvest any money back into the business? Did you build a buyers (contact) list in those 2.5 years?

      ...same overhead
      Do you buy the medical equipment then resell?
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      • Profile picture of the author Stephen Soos
        Originally Posted by yukon View Post

        Did you reinvest any money back into the business? Did you build a buyers (contact) list in those 2.5 years?



        Do you buy the medical equipment then resell?
        Some we stock, some is held by suppliers, but we prepay for it. Reselling to current customers is not subsisting as we sell high end, high value kit with a long shelf life.

        We are building a list and doing new eshots, using old school techniques like telecanvassing and we are engaging a new SEO company that uses white hat methods, and yes, I have taken references and done my DD.

        The point of my thread was to say that Google has hurt a lot of legitimate businesses and this has wreaked havoc on my life. Yes, I have been complacent and this is a kick up the behind.

        I think the biggest lesson here is to probably outsource SEO to experts and not rely on it yourself, especially with the new changes, which, once we are back in the rankings, are a good thing.

        It means that we have to work smarter, deliver more value in our content and I wil NEVER take Google or any other traffic delivery method for granted again.

        good luck t all
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        • Profile picture of the author yukon
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          Originally Posted by Stephen Soos View Post

          Some we stock, some is held by suppliers, but we prepay for it. Reselling to current customers is not subsisting as we sell high end, high value kit with a long shelf life.

          We are building a list and doing new eshots, using old school techniques like telecanvassing and we are engaging a new SEO company that uses white hat methods, and yes, I have taken references and done my DD.

          The point of my thread was to say that Google has hurt a lot of legitimate businesses and this has wreaked havoc on my life. Yes, I have been complacent and this is a kick up the behind.

          I think the biggest lesson here is to probably outsource SEO to experts and not rely on it yourself, especially with the new changes, which, once we are back in the rankings, are a good thing.

          It means that we have to work smarter, deliver more value in our content and I wil NEVER take Google or any other traffic delivery method for granted again.

          good luck t all

          I target a single niche, but I have 3 large sites & they rank for most of the same keywords, kind of a safety net for the SERPs. I also target niche forums for alternative traffic sources. I'm not sure what exactly your selling but do you know where your buyers/traffic hangs out online? Who is your traffic (doctors?)?
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        • Profile picture of the author ThatAblaze
          Well, stephen, I would say that your best bet is to utilize adwords until you can get your organic ranking back on its feet. For a situation like yours I wouldn't be surprised to find a higher conversion rate with adwords anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slin
    You quit building links, and you went down in serps, seems normal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Williams
    It usually takes at least 6 months or more before you have any stable rankings.

    Personally I don't like google and I don't like (or bother with) SEO and for these reasons that I have now completely redesigned my business model accordingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author jonathan Cole
    It is Google penalty, please don't build link form any where.
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    • Profile picture of the author Larry Leggett
      Originally Posted by jonathan Cole View Post

      It is Google penalty, please don't build link form any where.
      After reading his post, there was no such issues you can detect which can be a possible reason for a penalty. Some social bookmarks, squidoo lenses can never be a cause of penalty.
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  • Profile picture of the author dcary13
    Scary.
    A guy with a 70 days old website and one sell is crying that google destroyed its business.
    Where the business is to write articles to do sells = affiliate links site cloaked as "blog".

    Googles biggest problem are these kind of people, assuming google will make them rich.
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