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Nov 27th, 2012, 07:40 PM
My site is gone! I need help bad, sorry!
Hope you are well!
Sorry in advance, but I am just not qualified enough to know.....
So my site rankings over 10-15 keywords in the USA have dropped of the face of "google earth".
The site is antlervelvet . com.
A couple of the keywords:
Deer antler velvet
Antler velvet side effects
Deer antler velvet side effects
deer antler velvet benefits
The only Keyword I can find is antler velvet.
After reading a couple of threads here I went to WMT and found this message:
"Over the last 24 hours, Googlebot encountered 1 errors while attempting to connect to your site. Your site's overall connection failure rate is 100.0%."
Here is what I see on WMT site errors.
So I guess I am trying to find out if I have been slapped or this is a bot issue?
And if it is a bot issue, is this the reason I am gone?
Again, sorry for the question!
Thanks in advance,
Nov 27th, 2012, 08:03 PM
You seem to rank for most of them phrases, not very highly but a lot are top 30 from what I can see. Deer antler velvet side effects is actually top 10.
The 1 soft 404 is nothing to worry about.
Looks like your server may have had an issue for a little time on 21st Nov? (hard to see as the graph is too small) but there doesn't appear to be any server issues now.
The 14 not found are they possibly caused from you switching to a wordpress site and you have an old sitemap pointing to old, non-existent pages?, or have you deleted some pages, changed urls possibly?
Overall I wouldn't say Google has an issue with the site. It definitely hasn't 'gone' as you put it
Last edited by zico82; Nov 27th, 2012 at 08:09 PM.
Nov 27th, 2012, 09:31 PM
Thanks for the reply!
Should I fix the 404 issue?
Here are the direct links to Flickr:
Site Error - 1
Site Error - 2
All the keywords were top 12-15 last week.
I use Google Global on Mozilla to search in other countries and they were there, but now using GG I can't even find them in the first 100 pages.
Is this a GG issue?
The site was built with Joomla and as far as I know has not changed since it was built (If it was WP to start it has not changed as far as I know).
I have changed a heap of urls of late. I added a new sitemap today to help this issue (I am guessing it will help?).
Should I re-submit the site to Google, or just wait for them to crawl it?
Also, should I "fetch as google" and "submit url to index" with all the faulty urls?
Google URL Errors
Edit - I am guessing the above won't help the error issues. Can do I remove the old urls from google, or will this happen naturally upon my next crawl?
Again, thanks for your help,
Last edited by Cutty; Nov 27th, 2012 at 09:35 PM.
Nov 28th, 2012, 05:23 AM
Sorry, I meant switching to Joomla (I have WP on the brain). But you obviously haven't done this, my mistake, but you have changed urls recently as you say so I presume that is where the 14 not founds are coming from.
I have tried that plugin and when I search with it I also don't see your site listing for most of those phrases.Have you tried manually searching yourself? (when you are not signed in so you don't see personalised results) and compared them to what you see in that plugin, as I say my manually searched results are different from the plugin (different data centres being used?).
I see you have Google Analytics, have you checked your stats to see if there is a dramatic drop in traffic from the date you think your results have slipped?.
Yes try and fix the 404s if you can.
Last edited by zico82; Nov 28th, 2012 at 05:33 AM.
Nov 28th, 2012, 05:25 PM
All good on the Joomla!!!
It is nice to know it is just the plugin and not the site.....
How do I search manually in the US when I am based in Australia?
There was a drop in traffic when the server went down, but nothing crazy of late.
Do I just redirect the old domains to the new ones to fix the 404 errors?
Sorry if these are 101 questions, and thanks for your help!
Dec 6th, 2012, 08:03 AM
Try http://www.pagewash.com, or you could get CuteRank as that's free for single domain users to track keyword rankings.
Originally Posted by Cutty
I take it you mean old urls not domains? If so yes, you need to 301 redirect the old urls to the relevant new urls. You should have done this right away really so get it done now.
Originally Posted by Cutty
If you use .htaccess you can find the code for the redirects via the link in my sig
Dec 6th, 2012, 11:48 PM
So CuteRank is great, thanks again!
So I took your advice and did some 301 redirects via Hostmonster. Things went well as far as I can see........
The other thing is, I had some obscure (to me) urls extension like:
There was also some really bloody long ones, 80+ characters.
So I just re-directed them all to different pages like blog articles etc. Is this OK?
Again, thanks for all the help!
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