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Search Engine Traffic Nose Dived This Month

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by Ducky
by Jgeneske
I have a little travel advice website. I redesigned it in July after reading Google SEO Guidelines to make it more search engine friendly. I never got much traffic and it was all paid anyway because I used Google ads. I uploaded the site on July 30 and submitted the sitemap to the 3 main search engines. In July, Google organic sent only about 28 visitors to the site for the whole month. From the beginning of August, Google consistently sent over 20 visitors a day almost immediately after I submitted the new sitemap. Bing started sending 5 visitors a day. Yahoo is nowhere to be found. Now, since the beginning of September, Google organic has gone from over 20 a day to 1 or 0. Bing just a couple days ago did the same thing. I need to know if any of the following things I did caused this:

1. From the 10th of August I started putting backlinks to my site in blog comments, site directories and mostly in travel forums. Prior to this there were only 25 external links to my site that were a year old. My forum threads are very helpful in providing useful information in reply to other posts and most of them have links back to a page in my website. I have posted as many as 13 links on one forum site in a day and have posted as many as 20 links at a forum site. Google Webmaster tools recently found 79 of the more than 200 links I've placed on close to 100 different sites. Of the 79, it found 30 links from the Carnival Connections forums and I only placed 10 at that site. Apparently, people are quoting some of my threads and it is re-posting the original link that was in the thread.

2. I had a reciprocal links page on my site, but it only had 13 links. I decided to delete it 2 weeks ago.

3. A day or two later I had 2 links to a travel forum with a much higher PR than mine and deleted them because someone told me outbound links take away from your page rank.

4. The day after that I took a link off all my pages that was pointing to my Facebook page that talks about content on my site and has links to 6 pages on my site.

5. Items 2, 3 and 4 were done just a few days before the search engine traffic started to nose dive.

Can anyone tell me which ones did or did not produce the traffic loss?
by Ragin_cajuns
1. Forums, blogs, and other fast-pace natured sites have a tendency to be devalued naturally, as they move further away from their homepage.

2. Linking out to sites that are unhelpful to visitors can give a bad impression of your site, and could cause problems. Deleting those links could help you. However, if you were linking out to sites that are beneficial, then deleting those links could potentially decrease the value of your site. (speculation)

3. This someone either lied or is misinformed.
by Sarahlouise
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutoseo
I have a little travel advice website. I redesigned it in July after reading Google SEO Guidelines to make it more search engine friendly. I never got much traffic and it was all paid anyway because I used Google ads. I uploaded the site on July 30 and submitted the sitemap to the 3 main search engines. In July, Google organic sent only about 28 visitors to the site for the whole month. From the beginning of August, Google consistently sent over 20 visitors a day almost immediately after I submitted the new sitemap. Bing started sending 5 visitors a day. Yahoo is nowhere to be found. Now, since the beginning of September, Google organic has gone from over 20 a day to 1 or 0. Bing just a couple days ago did the same thing. I need to know if any of the following things I did caused this:

1. From the 10th of August I started putting backlinks to my site in blog comments, site directories and mostly in travel forums. Prior to this there were only 25 external links to my site that were a year old. My forum threads are very helpful in providing useful information in reply to other posts and most of them have links back to a page in my website. I have posted as many as 13 links on one forum site in a day and have posted as many as 20 links at a forum site. Google Webmaster tools recently found 79 of the more than 200 links I've placed on close to 100 different sites. Of the 79, it found 30 links from the Carnival Connections forums and I only placed 10 at that site. Apparently, people are quoting some of my threads and it is re-posting the original link that was in the thread.

2. I had a reciprocal links page on my site, but it only had 13 links. I decided to delete it 2 weeks ago.

3. A day or two later I had 2 links to a travel forum with a much higher PR than mine and deleted them because someone told me outbound links take away from your page rank.

4. The day after that I took a link off all my pages that was pointing to my Facebook page that talks about content on my site and has links to 6 pages on my site.

5. Items 2, 3 and 4 were done just a few days before the search engine traffic started to nose dive.

Can anyone tell me which ones did or did not produce the traffic loss?


1. Focus on your keywords while you are linking to another site.
2. Use popular keywords
3. Use all the keywords in your google ad.
4. Pay attention to google adwords, esp your competitors. Try to be on top.
5. Try to optimize your website with the desired keyword, so that it come to at least on first page. Top 3 is better to get traffic to your site with all of your keywords, its possible, but not easy.
6. Good and quality back links(backlinks from the same category and of high PR) are very helpful, but don't buy.
7. Make a separate link page to provide others a reciprocal link.
8. Put the link of that link page in your home page.
by Slendercat
Addressing your comments by number....

1. Dropping links in blog comments and forums is a waste of time. Nearly all of those links are nofollowed. So, if they show in your GWT account that does not say that they are counted. GWT reports links - not counted links. You need a different linkbuilding method. Really, would you want about 500 people coming into your forum to drop horrible comments with links attached?

2. Reciprocal links probably don't help much at all.

3. Irrelevant. I will not debate the pagerank issue but linking out to other relevant sites can be a good thing to do.

4. Irrelevant.

5. Coincidence, most likely.

Where did your content come from? Is it original or are you being filtered because it is duplicated from elsewhere on the web?

Do you have any real links? Real links are links from valuable sites that are given to you because you have fantastic content? Other links such as link exchange, forums, directories, blog comments, etc. are "contrived" links - and they rarely have any value.

Instead of spending your days running all around the web dropping comments on other blogs and forums, spend that time making content that is absolutely unique and fantastically interesting, useful, humorous or valuable. If you can't do that or find a source for that content (or if you are not up to one of those jobs) then the probability of your success as a webmaster is low.
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