Need advaice: Penalty or geo-targeting issue?

by ikuret75 6 replies
Hi there,
My site seemed to have been affected by Penguin (At least I thought it was Penguin) when it first rolled out. The site was ranked #1-#3 but went below #1000 and I abandoned it. (I tried to rescue it for more than 3 months to no avail).

However recently I noticed somehow it was back to #80. I was not sure how I should make of it. Whatever the reason is it is much better than below #1000. I was wondering if I should try using this site/domain one more time.

Then I noticed that my site is actually NOT affected at all on Google.com (OK, I skipped the very important part, my site is in Japanese targeted to Japanese market. So all of the ranking changes are on Google Japan.)

Actually, my server is in the US and I did a lot of link building using websites outside of Japan (including links on English websites in Japanese).

Now I'm wondering if it is more about algorithm change on geo-targetting - that affected my ranking meaning my server location and a lot of incoming links are from the US and that's why I still rank high on Google.com?

If it was because of Penguin (meaning unnatural backlinks) then shouldn't the site be affected by it on Google.com even though it is in the Japanese language?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thanks!
#search engine optimization #advaice #geotargeting #issue #penalty
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
      Originally Posted by nipon View Post

      Google hummingbird update is also affecting the site....May be this update have harm your site
      That's wrong, Hummingbird wasn't penalty based. Hummingbird was actually a good thing.
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  • hummingbird was not penalty based it focused on mobile searches..
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  • Profile picture of the author ikuret75
    Hi,
    Thanks for your replies.

    Do you at least agree that it is strange that I still get #1 on google.com when rank much below in google Japan? (Japanese language though)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dead Body
    I also noticed this for my site.. my site lost ranking for all search engine except google.com.pk.. it is strange for me, need advice..
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      Originally Posted by Dead Body View Post

      I also noticed this for my site.. my site lost ranking for all search engine except google.com.pk.. it is strange for me, need advice..
      Hi,
      Seems kind of opposite from my case. Mine lost in goole.co.jp but not in .com.
      Did it happen around the major update, like Penguin? Where is your server location?
      Which language is your site written in?
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      • Profile picture of the author Dead Body
        Originally Posted by ikuret75 View Post

        Hi,
        Seems kind of opposite from my case. Mine lost in goole.co.jp but not in .com.
        Did it happen around the major update, like Penguin? Where is your server location?
        Which language is your site written in?
        My site's language is English and Its ranking hurts just after the Humming Bird update and server location is Canada.. I don't this so that server location matters..
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