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20.10.2013
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Teobaldo Vasquez

1 year site suddenly disappears from page 1 in Google results

I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 
My URL is: emisorasdominicanas.net

Hi to all,

Today i was checking my google analytics stats and i was surprised to see that my visits dropped in almost 80%. At the beginning i though that the site was down since in the past few days my hosting provider had issues with the server. The site was up and running with no issues, i was able to access with no problems. Then i checked my google webmaster messages and found this message:


Dear owner or webmaster of http://www.emisorasdominicanas.net/
While crawling your site, we have noticed an increase in the number of transient soft 404 errors around 2013-10-04 05:00 UTC (London, Dublin, Edinburgh). Your site may have experienced outages. These issues may have been resolved. Here are some sample pages that resulted in soft 404 errors:
For more information, see our Help Center:

I check the help center and was able to fetch all those pages with the option "Fetch as Google" in my webmaster account and the results were good. Then i tried to search my site using the most common keywords that people use to enter my website and it's not appearing in the first 20 Google pages results. I haven't change anything on my site and everything was working perfectly yesterday, it all happen today. Im worried that this situation could continue and i just want to know if there's anything that i can do to get back to the first result page in Google or to know the reasons that could have cause this situation.

My content is original, im not having servers issues anymore, i don't have any manual actions available in my webmaster site and my visits have been increasing 10% each month. This month(October 2013) has been my most visited month ever until now. Please let me know what can i do to solve this.

Thanks.
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Michael  Wechsler
20.10.2013
Michael Wechsler
I don't need to discuss my brief analysis of your site. The tipping point was seeing a site this light on content and media being so incredibly slow. I think your visits are down because your site is so slow it might as well be down -- which explains all the 404 errors.


Pingdom couldn't believe the site was that slow either - 60 seconds. Your website is slower than 97% of all other tested websites. That would explain your results. You've got some server problems. 


20.10.2013
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Teobaldo Vasquez
black belt thanks a lot for the quick response and all the help.

I will check other options with my hosting provider since i have a Shared account and not a VPS or Dedicated Server. I did the same test with a few other pages in my site and got good to moderate load times, i believe the reason for such a slow time in that page in particular is that is not loading the radio player correctly but i will do a more detailed analysis on the site. One last question, after i solve this issue, how much time do you think Google will take to reevaluate my site and display it again in the first result pages?

Once again black belt thanks a lot for taking the time to help me out with this.
Michael  Wechsler
20.10.2013
Michael Wechsler
You're welcome. Shared servers are unfortunately subject to all sorts of problems like this one, which may not even be related to your site. You do need to fix that 404 though. Regarding recovery - assuming this is the problem - nobody knows. I've seen people need several days to recover from significant downtime and not just a few hours.
Andrés Tirado
20.10.2013
Andrés Tirado
Hi

"Then i tried to search my site using the most common keywords that people use to enter my website and it's not appearing in the first 20 Google pages results"

I find things on the site that may be not very positive that could be considered if the problem of reducing traffic to your site stays on that line


Your home is a collection of keywords, such as "radio", this word is repeated more than 80 times only in your home and your footer is present in each individual URL of the site with his reiterated keywords == irrelevant keywords


Each URL of the site is itself a low quality URL, have little content, a lot of publicity and many keywords == http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/finding-more-high-quality-sites-in.html
Examples
  • /emisora/la-mega-fm-stereo-1025-online-en-vivo.html
  • /emisora/la-x1021-fm-online-en-vivo.html
  • /emisora/cima-1005-fm-online-en-vivo.html
  • /emisora/metro-hits-1120-am-online-en-vivo.html
The content is over optimized, standardized and is very likely always find in the little content words like "Emisora", "Emisoras", "República Dominicana", "Programación" and "Canciones" in addition to the tags and the keywords in the footer.


The site in general seems a directory links, each URL have a link to website of each Radio stations, with a dofollow link == link schemes

The site has backlinks from directories of links (link farms) with the anchortext "emisoras dominicanas" == link schemes



Therefore, is good that place your website in full compliance with the webmasters guidelines of Google.


Regards
Michael  Wechsler
20.10.2013
Michael Wechsler
Yes, this is what I referred to when I mentioned omitting my review. It's basically a very thin directory with a one sentence, perhaps 2 (if you're lucky) description of each station. Same issues as most other keyword stuffed directories, etc.  --- but his description and report of numerous 404 issues are most likely the result of significant failure of the hardware.
20.10.2013
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Teobaldo Vasquez
Andrés Tirado, thanks a lot for the detailed review of the site, really appreciate it. I will work in the various issues that you mentioned. For me it's a little strange that Google didn't penalize the site after 1 year running and traffic increasing each month but probably after a few updates in their algorithm the site finally got penalize.

Another thing that surprises me is that the competition doesn't have content at all in their radio station description like i have but they do have a better ranking in Google.

Thanks again for all the helpful information Andres and for taking the time to write such great information.
20.10.2013
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Teobaldo Vasquez
Thanks again black belt for all the help and great information, really appreciate it :)
Michael  Wechsler
20.10.2013
Michael Wechsler
To begin, we haven't determined at all that you've been penalized or that, if you have, it has been in any significant fashion. My entire point was that your hardware failure is almost certainly the cause of your current issue in dropping in the SERPs as further evidenced by the 404s generated even though your site was "up." Any other conclusions are pure speculation that we can only analyze if the issue persists after the hardware issue has been corrected.  Good luck with the fix, hope it's easy.

Perspective is a funny thing. You're not alone with the thought "if Google didn't penalize me up until now then it shouldn't have penalized me at all." Google may be large but it is not ubiquitous. It cannot detect and deal with every case immediately. Sometimes it will trip over something and then eventually a tweak will get it right. Most should be happy that they weren't detected for quite a while and enjoyed the benefits of what they knew they should not have been doing all along. It's not exoneration because you didn't get caught. And then it's also possible that competition will get caught too. This isn't to say that I haven't seen some sites that should not have thrived for as long as they have, but you probably understand what I'm trying to say.

Regarding why the competition has a better ranking - hard to say. They might have real backlinks as a result of promotion, which could offset their thin directory structure. This is the usual way that directories can be boosted since, inherently, you're swimming against the current. Money also buys promotion and mention on websites, e.g. branding.  So you can't just analyze one factor against another without taking the whole into account.
20.10.2013
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Teobaldo Vasquez
You're right black belt, first i have to deal with the hardware issues of my current hosting provider, the changes that i make in the site regarding the numerous keywords, the little content,the not follow links and the other problems are not going to be very beneficial in the beginning if my site is too slow and unreachable. It's going to be a lot of work in the short term but more beneficial in the long term.

Regarding Google, they sooner or later will get you it's only matter of time but has you say "Perspective is a funny thing", yesterday i was thinking: "Wow, Google is so unfair, i have this site for over a year and now they do this" but now i'm thinking:"Wow, Google gave me 1 year to fix all these issues and i didn't do anything". I know that this may not be my case but it's better to have everything in full compliance with their guidelines.

My faith in humanity is restored, it's great when you see people like you and Andres Tirado that go above and beyond helping other people solving their issues, taking the time to analyze things and writing such good and detailed answers. Keep up the great help black belt, this has been by far the most helpful discussion that i have been in. Thanks again for all and i will keep you posted on how the different changes that i'm going to make during the week affects the SERPs.
Andrés Tirado
20.10.2013
Andrés Tirado
As Black Belt has mentioned, it's best to first discard the problems on the server and start a work himself well structured according to the guidelines of Google.

For the same reason, I mentioned that "that could be considered if the problem of reducing traffic to your site stays on that line", can not ensure or to assert that the site is penalized or have an action by one algorithm like Google Panda or Google Penguin, but if you do not correct the practices of the site, is more than likely, thus we see every day in the forums.

I'm glad you have a positive attitude, not lose that view if you do have tough times; you need to be calm and well focused work to change the trend of your site mentioned above, remember to place the rel="nofollow" to all outbound links to websites radio stations and create a more natural content, much better and more focused on the user who visits your site.

these articles will help to structure a better website

Best regards for both from Colombia
24.10.2013
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Teobaldo Vasquez
Thanks again Andres for all the help.

Today i was checking my Google Webmaster and i found out that a news site hosted on blogspot.com has 14,316 outbound links to my site, could this hurt my SERPs ? I did a search on google about this and supposedly it shouldn't hurt my ranking but since i'm no expert on this, could you please let me know if that's true?
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