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    Area of my site now doing badly in google


    Up until recently and area of my site was doing well in google. I was high on page 1 for a large combination of keywords found in this site area.

    Now over the past 2 weeks it functions poorly. I noticed I stopped getting hits through hittail on these keywords. I checked out in google and noticed I had slipped right of the first page of results and in some cases right out of the top 100 sites. I also notice that if I do feature for any of these keywords the traffic is now directed to my forum tags.

    Have I been dealt a penalty ?

    I dont know what I have done wrong or why this has happened. I have waited 2 weeks for the results to come back but they have still gone.
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    How old is your site?
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    its about 4 year old now. It really looks like a penalty and I just dont understand why.

    How can I check for sure if this is a penalty.

    Theres 20 pages in this site area and most ranked highly for the keywords upon them. Now they dont and theyve been gone for quite a while ??
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    I think its just a fluctuation. . . just continue on what your doing wherein you get good position, wait for few days it will get back.
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    Heres hoping, but it looks like more than fluctuation, Its been a couple of weeks already, and its only one very specific site area. The rest of the site is doing the same as normal but everything in this 1 sub folder has slumped - gone right off the radar, still indexed but nowhere to be seen.
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    If it's been a couple of weeks I think it's unlikely that it's just a fluctuation. I don't suppose you know how your competitors from before two weeks ago are doing now?

    Could you have had a bunch of links devalued? Could your forum suddenly have moved from follow to nofollow? Maybe a software update.
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    Originally Posted by paratroll
    If it's been a couple of weeks I think it's unlikely that it's just a fluctuation. I don't suppose you know how your competitors from before two weeks ago are doing now?

    Could you have had a bunch of links devalued? Could your forum suddenly have moved from follow to nofollow? Maybe a software update.
    This part of the site with a possible penalty is a wordpress installation in a sub folder and is used as a product review section. I have recently updated the software to the latest version but this really shouldnt make any difference.

    Everything remains the same but every page is doing badly, whereas they were all first page or first place in google for their relative search terms.

    Why have I lost these pages ?
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    I feel pretty certain now that I have been dealt a penalty.

    What is my next move please ? All help greatly appreciated.

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