Success Story of Website Recovery
At the time when I started my career as a link builder in 2008, the SEO job was too easy. Though I immediately got the first job after completing my graduation (even my last year’s result was awaiting) but when Google rolled the panda update I thought I made a late entry in SEO. I could have take more advantage of that time liberal Google and earned lots of money. Then penguin came in to the picture and SEO job became more tougher. But I was blessed that I met many intelligent geeks here at SEOchat as well as outside the forums. They help me to become intellectual and a matured SEO. Actually I would like to thank Google as well. Because due to their strict approach of valuing the websites, the spammers have been filtered and hence the value of SEO is even increased. So SEO is turned into even more respectful job.
Okay here is the story…
Since 3 years, I have been working on a website that never got affected by any Google update. Site is having PR 6 and is dominating the first page of Google search for key terms. But on 17-March (the day before myblogguest was penalized), I have notice the partial drop in number of impressions in Google webmaster. And next day (18-Mar), the impression had been completely dropped. When I checked ranking of few important terms, I found that they are dropped from the first page and are nowhere to be found. Site’s impressions were dropped from 3000 to 200 and traffic was all time low. (note- site’s niche doesn’t have high search volume but still it’s competitive).
I have created many guest blogs recently and also created high quality one-way links. The highest PR backlink I got for this site was PR 6 (home page PR is 7) and the lowest one had PR 0 (home page PR is 4).This site is having around 5k external links. I started reviewing each links and tagging them as “spam”, “safe” and “not sure”.
- I have strong doubt that the recent guest blog that I have acquired might be associated with the myblogguest and since the network is penalized, my guest blog has passed the penalty. Also the webmaster had posted the same blog to its various sites and did content farming.
- Also this year we had a contract with one multinational firm who is having more than 30 locations in all major countries and has separate domain for each country. They did a press note about this contract with dofollow link and posted on all the domains they are having.
- I have also noticed many irrelevant sites have been pointing to our website. These were low quality Chinese sites. When I searched for these sites in Google I got few Google threads in which people had the issue with the same site. As I said above, our niche is competitive so it sounds like someone did negative SEO of our website. They might have used any automated tool and submitted our website to such low quality websites. (these sites are listed as highest number of incoming links in Google webmaster tool)
I have prepared list of such sites and started contacting their webmaster to take down the links but as expected I hadn’t heard back from any webmaster hence I disavowed all the objectionable links (links which I mentioned in my findings 1, 2 and 3) in three phases (first I disavowed on Chinese sites on 25-March, then I disavowed guest blog site on 08-Apr and finally I disavowed press note sites on 16-Apr.)
So far, I worked on many websites that are affected either by Panda or penguin. I never noticed quick as well as 100% recovery even though the drop is not severe (just 10-20% traffic drop). But in this case, my website is recovered in just one month. On 22- Apr, I have noticed that impressions has been restored to its previous level (exactly the same level) and organic traffic is also restored. My key terms are back in the game. Some are even improved than their previous positions. Here the screenshot.
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