Can't Get Past 2500 Google Visits Per Day

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Hi Warriors

One of my sites is a year old now. After only two months, with fifteen blog posts published, it was getting 2,500 visitors from Google per day.

10 months later, and with 70 blog posts now, it is still getting 2,500 visitors per day from Google.

About 90% of that Google traffic goes to 4-5 blog posts - all of which were published in the first couple of months of the blog.

Basically, everything published after the first two-three months gets virtually no search traffic.

What could the reason for this be? And how could I possibly fix it?

I know everyone says this, but the quality of content is very good and the social sharing numbers are through the roof with lots of natural links generated purely from other bloggers finding and linking.

One article I posted about 3 months ago has had 29,000 Facebook "likes", 11,000 pins, 170 Tweets and 140 G +1s.

It's one of the most shared pieces of content in the market and has had over 400,000 page views but no search traffic! It's not even targeting competitive keywords and has over 1200 words so you would expect it to pick up at least some Google traffic!

Another of my blog posts, published just under a month ago, doesn't even come up in Google on the top 3 pages (I stopped looking after that) even if you paste the article title into Google word for word. The top 7 results are websites that link to my article using the exact same title - so why am I not getting link value from that.

Again, this post has had thousands of FB likes and shares, thousands of pins and hundreds of thousands of visitors in the first month of it being published.

Lots of my articles are like this and no matter what I do, new blog posts just don't get any rankings.

Are there any tests I can run on my site? Any troubleshooting tips? Any people I can turn to who specialize in things like this?

A few extra notes;

- The site did reach 4000 daily Google visits in May but I think it got punished in the May Panda 4.0 update and dropped back down to 2.5k daily visits at which it has stayed,

- Even when the site did reach 4k daily Google visits, nearly all the traffic was going to posts from the early days of the blog.

- GWT say there are no manual actions.

Thanks in advance for your help.

James
#escape #google #plateau #ranking #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author aliridho790
    Hi, I am new member in this forum. Perhaps my answer isn't good. But, you should consider my answer.

    You have to be better than your opponent. If your opponent using Google AdWords, you should use Google AdWords and Facebook ads, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    If your newer posts aren't generating any traffic, it could be as a result of poor internal linking. Poor internal linking can deprive other pages of your site from getting the rankings they deserve.

    I suggest you interlink your posts properly. Add links to the articles with no traffic in the articles receiving traffic and use a related posts plugin that automatically includes links to other posts at the end of each article.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesPenn
      Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

      If your newer posts aren't generating any traffic, it could be as a result of poor internal linking. Poor internal linking can deprive other pages of your site from getting the rankings they deserve.

      I suggest you interlink your posts properly. Add links to the articles with no traffic in the articles receiving traffic and use a related posts plugin that automatically includes links to other posts at the end of each article.
      Thanks for the reply.

      I already have a related posts plug-in and often interlink posts - both old and new. I don't think that is the issue in this case.

      James
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  • Profile picture of the author NShankar
    1) Please check whether the new posts are included in the sitemap.

    2) Check the status of indexation of all your internal urls in google webmaster tools.

    3) Link out from your ranking articles to your other article pages. ie.Improve your internal linking with anchor text

    4) Most importantly check the keyword difficulty and the search volume of the keywords which are targeted in your recent posts. If you have used keywords with very low search volume or highly competitive keywords then that also might be an reason.

    5) Check whether all your posts are showing when you search in google as site:yourdomain.com
    If some posts are not appearing, it means some problem in robots.txt or sitemap
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
    They should pin this thread.

    It's a perfect example to show that "Social Signals", DO NOT help you rank in Google search.
    All the likes, views and pins in the world won't help you.

    If your content is that good, maybe you should try some email outreach to other domain owners in the same niche. Trying to get yourself some real links that will help improve your organic ranking.
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Well I do have one affiliate site that is getting nearly 100 pageviews a day now and 99% of that traffic is going to one single post.

      I haven't build any links to that site btw so the only reason I can think of is that that post is targeting a set of keywords that has zero competition and thus ranks very high. I checked it and indeed that was the case so probably you've been just lucky with the first articles you published.

      Now start to build some real links to give your other posts a chance to rank for the more competitive terms.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesPenn
      Originally Posted by Kevin Maguire View Post

      They should pin this thread.

      It's a perfect example to show that "Social Signals", DO NOT help you rank in Google search.
      All the likes, views and pins in the world won't help you.

      If your content is that good, maybe you should try some email outreach to other domain owners in the same niche. Trying to get yourself some real links that will help improve your organic ranking.
      Maybe the social signals don't directly impact search, but surely it suggests it is "good content" and so the rankings should come with it.

      I don't think at this time building links is what I need to do. I feel there may be a technical problem with my site that is causing really bad rankings for recent posts.

      I'm just trying to work out how I can identify that problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author SJL
    Most likely the problem is your permalink settings. Googlebot assumes few things after it detects that the site uses WordPress. It mainly expects you to have domain.com/category/postname style URL-structure.

    It can usually figure out the custom URL-structures also, but it has hard time differentiating between domain.com/category and domain.com/postname

    It's recommended to add .html to the postname url. (in permalink settings that would be "%postname%.html") This helps Googlebot to differentiate the categories from single posts.

    Because Google wants to give user directly the content they are looking for. the pages they identify as categories, get hit in the search rankings.

    Although at this point it may be hard to change the permalinks, WP doesn't always handle redirects that well.

    ---EDIT---

    You should also add "Options All -Indexes" to your .htaccess file. So that stuff like yourdomain.com//wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ wouldn't be shown anymore.
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      The problem is that the new posts you are posting aren't being deemed better than the top 10 results Google have already ranked.

      So think about improving the content of the pages..

      It could be other factors too.

      Send me a link to your site and I'll give you some advices.
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  • Profile picture of the author serpyre
    Simple question - how many visitors do you get per $1 - time writing content, ppc, buying backlink services, hosting - just add it all up for a monthly figure - these are your costs which includes you time which is chargeable.
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  • Profile picture of the author serpyre
    It is the sum of the parts, never one magic formula, the parents of which are Technical and/or Business. How you split it down each side is up to you. The problem you have it that it is content based which is artistic - so it's hard for Google to quantify your site over anyone else. If you provided information such as platform, host, etc. would be helpful but you still need to work out your visitor count per $1 spend - as we said it starts from 1-2 and goes up to 25-30. You provided a lot of information but it's not the important information - social media is a branding channel and indirect traffic generator - not a direct traffic generator which most people mis-understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author muncheech
    I've noticed things are usually not what they seem on surface value.

    The deeper you dig the more insight you will uncover. Learn as much as you can.

    EX) What keywords are driving the visits? Are They more competitive in Search? Look for patterns or differences.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesPenn
      Originally Posted by muncheech View Post

      I've noticed things are usually not what they seem on surface value.

      The deeper you dig the more insight you will uncover. Learn as much as you can.

      EX) What keywords are driving the visits? Are They more competitive in Search? Look for patterns or differences.
      The bolded part is very true!

      Going through this process I've uncovered a few small things that could be contributing to the problems I'm having.
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