I am getting re-indexed with following changes

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1) I was displaying 4 ads over the fold. changed that to 2 ads over the fold.
2) Reduced the keyword density on 10 pages out of 300
3) Reduced internal links(related pages links)
4) Removed javascript's which were increasing page load time.

For the same keywords for which I was de-indexed, now pages are being shown on the first page and some with improved rankings(probably because some competitors got hammered and they haven't made the corrections)

There are ~200 spammy backlinks purchased from Fiverr, hoping they will go away or ignored by Google.

I am also planning to use some CDN service like cloudfront to further improve page loading time.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    Interesting. Do you mean they got deindexed entirely, as in not even in the SERPS? And when did they get hit, pre Penguin?
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  • Profile picture of the author jhonybravo222
    I would like to suggest you that you do not have to reduce the internal linking otherwise it will affect the worth of your site and secondly do not purchase spammy backlinks because google algorithm never consider it as natural backlinks, so the chances of getting penalized would be higher.
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  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    Great work!

    Onpage SEO and making things appear a lot more natural again is a good step in combatting this Penguin update.

    The best things you can do is reduce ads, speed up the sit loading time, ensure the robots can correctly read your entire website, and get rid of any forced keyword density or bad grammar.

    These are the building blocks to overcoming the Penguin update. Offpage links are a somewhat uncontrolled medium so there is not too much that can hold you back in that regard, negative SEO is not quite in effect when it comes to 3rd party links.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    What percentage did you reduce your keyword density down to?

    Are you also reducing the number of times your keyword is in the header? Is having your targetted keyword in the h1, h2 and h3 tag considered as over optimized?
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    I've been having a look at a couple of my authority sites that got their long-tail traffic hit. Although I don't want to make any radical changes till the dust settles on this, I did notice some serious problems with both of them - both stupid oversights, where I just hadn't registered a problem (sigh, too many sites, too little time).

    One did not have "noindex" set on tag pages (even though it WAS set on all other archive pages), so about a third of its indexed pages were tag pages - could be a problem.

    Another had an even more serious problem, it did not have Options -Indexes set in .htaccess - basically that means anyone could browse the directory structure of the site and also Google could index it - which it had done, resulting in over 700 pages indexed from the wp-content sub-directories (that's 700 pages of crap, basically, out of 1000 or so pages indexed total!) - now if that's not a problem I don't know what is!

    Although I hate having to kow-tow to Google's little changes every time they tweak something, it's silly not to check these "little" issues that might be weighing heavily against your site, especially with an authority site that was previously doing well and could do well again.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMSince2003
    If you all are building authority sites (and you should) remember to include strategies to make you more Google independent. First, make sure that you're creating a list. Second, create content in places where your potential clients go so they come to your site. Third, become an authority in your niche and help others out in related forums to gain even more traffic/Google independence
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  • Profile picture of the author LiftMyRank
    Every site I've seen over the years get de-indexed, penalized, slapped, danced, etc....has ALWAYS come back eventually if you keep adding content and keep on linking, keeping a constant activity will make it impossible for google to ignore you....
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  • Profile picture of the author extremejava
    Some pages were completely de-indexed and got them re-indexed by working on them.
    I reduced keyword density by approx 2%. I had keywords in h1, h2 and h3 tags. Just removed it from h2 and h3.
    I had 7 backlinks at the end of pages which I have reduced to 3 now.
    Another thing I modified was removing the tag, categories and archive pages from sitemap
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    • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
      Originally Posted by extremejava View Post

      Some pages were completely de-indexed and got them re-indexed by working on them.
      I reduced keyword density by approx 2%. I had keywords in h1, h2 and h3 tags. Just removed it from h2 and h3.
      I had 7 backlinks at the end of pages which I have reduced to 3 now.
      Another thing I modified was removing the tag, categories and archive pages from sitemap
      Just curious if Google actually told you to do these specific things in order to get re-indexed, or you decided for some other reason that these actions would be effective. I'm especially curious about reducing the backlinks at the end of the page. Were these links to other pages on your site or to pages on other sites?
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      • Profile picture of the author extremejava
        Originally Posted by CatherineMay View Post

        Just curious if Google actually told you to do these specific things in order to get re-indexes, or you decided for some other reason that these actions would be effective. I'm especially curious about reducing the backlinks at the end of the page. Were these links to other pages on your site or to pages on other sites?
        I have been thinking what mistakes I made while creating my website.
        The internal links at the end of pages were random instead of really related pages
        I also increased the content length in some of pages from 150 words to minimum 300+ words.
        There was an update last time about ads over the fold. I got hammered for that this time. And I know I had stuffed a lot of keywords in the page title and h2/h3 tags.
        Page loading time is also one of factor so I am done away with Infolinks and Jobthread as they were paying nuts. Considering amazon affiliates as the replacement for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author webspider20
    This is very interesting, maybe I need to try this too.
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  • Profile picture of the author discuss4u
    I am interested in your keyword density part. What is the keyword density before you make the changes?
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    • Profile picture of the author extremejava
      Originally Posted by discuss4u View Post

      I am interested in your keyword density part. What is the keyword density before you make the changes?
      Earlier it was not spread across the article and keywords were stuffed into the page title, URL and h1/h2 tags. The keyword density earlier was approx 5% and now approx 3% but it was more about concentrating keywords in page title etc. 5% should be fine though
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