Google reapplied a penalty and gave us no notice!

Oh man.  I got an email last week from a former client for whom we had lifted a manual unnatural links penalty recently asking why they had another penalty.  The original penalty was reduced from a sitewide to a partial on April 19, 2014 and the penalty was completely removed on May 6, 2014. The message from Webmaster Tools, given on May 6 clearly states that there are […]

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Your traffic drop may not be because of a penalty! Complete list of reasons for your traffic to drop.

There are many possible reasons for a site’s traffic to drop. These days, when a site’s traffic drops, a webmaster usually is thinking that he or she has suffered a penalty such as an Unnatural Links Warning or is struggling with an algorithm change such as Panda (for poor onsite quality), or Penguin (for poor linking quality). In many cases though, there is another reason that is totally unrelated […]

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Google Webmaster Central Hangout for May 5, 2014

My apologies for being so far behind on transcribing the office hours hangouts!  Hopefully I will get up to date soon.  In this hangout from early May, John Mueller from Google gives us some really good information.  Here is the video: And here are the important points: Is there a limit to how many press releases you can do? When a link is disavowed, does just the […]

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