On monday I posted a review on my gaming website. This is it:
It was ranked page 1 for "little inferno review". However, I noticed that most other sites have more keyword friendly URLs. So I changed both my link rel="canonical" and my meta property="og:url" to this:
All that happens when you go to that link is my .htaccess file redirects to the original link. Anyway, I submitted this new link to the crawl as Google, had it indexed, and...
Now my page is nowhere to be found. Not only is it not anywhere for "little inferno review", I can't find it for "little inferno review negative world", and when I put "negative world" into the keywords I can always find my pages on Google. I can find our discussion page for this game, but the review page is not there. However, when I search "little inferno site:negativeworld.org" I can still find it, so it is still indexed, but... it won't appear in regular results?
So... I think it is just gone from the results? But why? Is it because I chose a new canonicalization URL that isn't a concrete URL but just a server redirect?
I switched things back to the way they were and redid the whole crawl as Google / index thing, but no dice. It appears that this page is just plain not listed on Google anymore.
I'd really like to get back up there as this was one of my most popular reviews yet. I am still getting some Google traffic from other gaming sites that picked up my review, but I'd like to know why the direct link to my site is gone.