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6/7/19
Google Core Update: Traffic drops 50% to 70% CCN.com 3 Recommended Answers 57 Replies 41 Upvotes
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Hello,

The new Google Core update has significantly impacted CCN.com. Why did this update have that large impact on our site? We got a team of 60+ journalists and editors, if this continues I'm afraid that we need to start downsizing the entire staff.

Please update us on the issue.
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6/7/19
Something odd happening - not sure what exactly.
See indexed results for main domain (not subdomains)
 
Checking a few at random I find:
Blank page >> https://www.ccn. com/advertise
Blank page >>  https://www.ccn. com/write-for-bitcoins
Blank page >>  https://www.ccn .com/ethereum-classic-price
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Why might these be showing a Cache of hacked.com? And now responding 404.
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Same for https://www.ccn .com/ico-analysis-ethearnal/ 
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:qjsPFELg1PgJ:https://www.ccn.com/%3Fp%3D77028+&cd=35&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca
 
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Urls with  <   /?p=  > seem to be like this,  but so do those others.
 
So check out what is going on with the site. 
Scan with a security plugin such as wordfence.
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6/7/19
All crypto sites have stopped showing up on Google News
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6/7/19
Hello, 

What do you mean with showing a blank page? Those pages do work for me?
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6/7/19
Also, I can confirm those CCN pages are working for me as well
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6/7/19
Yes I see on this one 
If you want to start writing for bitcoins, please apply here.
The word Here was not showing as a hotlink on the page.
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And when I first looked at  https://www.ccn .com/advertise  there was nothing on the page but a bold heading.
 
So is something sniffing useragent/ or IP or  ??
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6/7/19
Regarding the Hacked.com posts, previously we linked to a few Hacked.com posts from CCN's homepage with Page Links To, as Hacked.com is a sister site of CCN.com. However, these posts were deleted last winter, same with page links to. What can we do about this issue? Is that penalizing us?
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6/7/19
Check how you handle those sites use of httpS  as the caches  dates are recent.
 
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6/7/19
Hello,

We use Cloudflare, does that limit anything for Google? Strict HTTPS with a verified cert on server.
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6/7/19
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6/8/19
Your website is the news website with articles focusing on the financial market. Perhaps Google can be ranked the website as Your Money Or Your Life - YMYL and the content and trustworthiness level of the website is defined by the recommendations Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness - EAT

The website has no information about the valid organization of the publisher. The website has information about some organization with the name CCN, however, this brand does not have unambiguity and a fragment of Google Knowledge Graph in the SERP. This contradicts to the following recommendations of Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness - EAT of Google:
● Who (what individual, company, business, foundation, etc.) is responsible for the website.
● Who (what individual, company, business, foundation, etc.) created the content on the page.
Register your business in Google My Business. 


The home page has structured data with 7 separate top-level types. This is a signal of possible manipulation of search results. In addition, this data does not represent the main content of the home page such as the list of articles. This is contrary to the Follow the structured data guidelines. Google probably ignores this data. 

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6/8/19
Hello Niolaj,

We do got our transparent business contact information here: https://www.ccn.com/about-us, here: https://www.ccn.com/contact and here; https://www.ccn.com/business-information

I don't get why this would impact us that much. We are trusted by some of the major news publications in the US. Seems very harsh.
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6/8/19
However, changing our name to CCN Markets to be more unique in search terms and have applied for a google business for the same name.
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6/8/19
I don't get why this would impact us that much. We are trusted by some of the major news publications in the US. Seems very harsh. 
Probably you missed many scandals related to false news.
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6/8/19
We do got our transparent business contact information here: https://www.ccn.com/about-us, here: https://www.ccn.com/contact and here; https://www.ccn.com/business-information
On the webpage /about-us you have installed the following information: 
Business information
If your business CCN Markets is not registered as a separate business and is part of Hawkfish AS, then provide a link from your business parent which will link both your businesses. However, if you have a separate brand name, then your business must be registered with Brønnøysundregistrene. In this case, set the link to your registration number as you did with your business parent.
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6/8/19
>We are trusted by some of the major news publications in the US. 

I am confused.  Are you saying major news publications reference your original articles versus doing their own investigative journalism?
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6/8/19
That is correct.
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6/8/19
If your business CCN Markets is not registered as a separate business and is part of Hawkfish AS (correct), then provide a link from your business parent which will link both your businesses. I did not understand this.

However, if you have a separate brand name, then your business must be registered with Brønnøysundregistrene. In this case, set the link to your registration number as you did with your business parent.

---> The Business is Hawkfish AS as explained. The name of the Site is CCN Markets
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6/8/19
The Business is Hawkfish AS as explained. The name of the Site is CCN Markets
In this case, correct the information on the About Us web page. Indicate here that the publisher of the website is Hawkfish AS and that CCN Market is the name of the website. In the footer of each webpage, set the information that the publisher is Hawkfish AS. And install the same link there on the About Us Web page. This will be a clear signal about who the publisher of the website is.
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6/8/19
Thank you
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6/8/19
Can you check now? Would that be correct?
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6/9/19
How come Google can't tell us in the Webmaster console what exactly https://www.ccn.com needs to do to overcome this update? We are back to search volumes we had like 4 years ago.
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6/9/19
Can you check now? Would that be correct?
The following information is currently in the footer of your website: 
CCN Markets Copyright © 2019.
CCN Markets is a part of the Norwegian Media Company Hawkfish AS, Drengsrudhagen 6, 1385, Asker, Norway.
Firstly, a website name cannot be subject to copyright, as it is on your website. 
Secondly, the publisher of the website is not clearly indicated. The usual practice: publisher ZZZ Inc.
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6/9/19
My recommendations for the complete optimization of your website. 

If you want your website to be presented in Google Discover, then check and correct your feeds. There is a mistake and they are not visible. 

If you want to have your website in the SERP from Google News, then create your website in only one version using the AMP framework and check Welcome to Google News.

However, this may be other questions.
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6/9/19
If you want your website to be presented in Google Discover, then check and correct your feeds. There is a mistake and they are not visible. 

Not visible? Can you give more information? We do receive traffic from Google Discover..
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6/9/19
Jonas - I see you're still ranked high for "bitcoin prices," for example. Did you make any changes that helped you recover?
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6/10/19
I've have been following a lot of cases right now on the webmaster forums since I'm facing the same issue you are facing, actually since March. I've been learning a lot through all of this and seeing what might be the reasons, but like you, still can't find anything. Only followed best practices and continued to optimize my site for better user experiences. But coming here is definitely the best thing you could have done, and the experts here are top notch, and you've received great advice. I am by far not an expert, so please take my info below with a grain of salt. But considering I've been eating and breathing all of this for a while, I can share my insight with you from my personal experience.

1). When I noticed I've lost even more traffic after the core update, I started reading some site and found a nice article by Search Engine Journal (https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-june-broad-core-update/310659/#close). Scroll down to read the section titled "What to Do About June Broad Core Algorithm Update?". In a nutshell, they are saying not to do major changes on the site as the algo is still rolling out. It's a 6-point bullet note which I would recommend reading. Essentially, they said: "

"Google Updates sometimes take a week to ten days to bounce around. So it’s best to wait before forming conclusions about what happened."

Some other sites even say it takes up to 2 weeks for the algo to roll out. No one knows, but right now I am not doing any major changes to my site just yet. But minor things like you adding your publisher name at the footer is just minor, and will help you out with regards to the E-A-T update Google rolled up a while back.

2). Speaking of E-A-T, which stands for Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness, I believe some of the experts here mentioned that. There's always room to improve on this for any site, and like my site I have been improving on this, for example, I signed up to dmca.com so that my content can get protection. If your content is unique and original, I'd do the same thing. I'm also looking for other ways to build trust for my site.

3). Technical SEO is always important, but considering how much you dropped in traffic, I couldn't think there is one technical issue that could cause that massive drop. Unless you have numerous issues with your site that you haven't mentioned, or perhaps not aware of like poor code which leaves you vulnerable to security threats. Having a site that compromises security is a big no-no in Google's book, and I believe, once again, is mentioned in the E-A-T update. I have been working on this as well to buff up security.

4). Performance: There is a possibility that you've dropped for many keywords, and many of your competitors are out-performing you due to their SEO initiative. But again, considering you dropped 50% in traffic it's a stretch. I know building quality backlinks through great original content, being active on social media and engaging with your audience is a never-ending thing. But this could perhaps be a small part of the traffic drop.

5). Google Outage on June 2nd: My Google analytics died on June 2nd. My real-time reporting in Analytics showed 0 users, for at least 4 hours, which my site never gets. So I knew something was wrong but wasn't sure if it was me or Google. Couldn't have been Google I thought, so I was changing my analytics code around, testing things. But nothing changed. Then a few hours later traffic slowly came back, but it wasn't the same since the outage. If you search for "Google Outage June 2nd", you'll find many sites reporting about this. If you look in this forum under "Google Analytics" on that day, you'll see countless posts where people said they were seeing zero traffic. The Verge posted this (https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/2/18649635/youtube-snapchat-down-outage): 

"Google blamed “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA” for the issues. “We will conduct a post mortem and make appropriate improvements to our systems to prevent this from happening again,” says a Google spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “We sincerely apologize to those that were impacted by today’s issues.

It wasn't just Youtube and Snapchat down. Many other services I use that depend on Google Cloud went down. I only pieced the puzzle together afterward. Regardless of all this, traffic has not been the same since, and with the June core update on the 3rd (I believe), it didn't help the situation either.

With all this said, after reading on this forum and seeing the many cases after the June core update, I believe there are many factors that are in place for the traffic drop. Perhaps the June Core update affected you in a way, as well as a combination of the items mentioned above to bring you down in traffic. 

These are assumptions of course, and I know we shouldn't go crazy assuming things as that's not healthy. But hopefully, there's something I have been able to add to this conversation as you've already been getting great advice from the experts here (which I've taken some of their advice for my site). I am waiting for another week as we're around day 7 with this June core update. Hopefully, things get clearer for all of us affected. 

Good luck
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6/10/19
50% Traffic on my site http://rahuldigital.org
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6/10/19
30% on my spygismo.com
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6/11/19
@Ben Y they are actually being "forced to shut" downhttps://www.ccn.com/ccn-is-shutting-down-after-googles-june-2019-core-update
This issue is not just affecting news websites but also other niches, let's wait and see what happens in the next few days or weeks.
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6/11/19
Just give it 2 more weeks. Things will recover and adapt (but probably will never be the same). Otherwise - all content creators will be forced to get to another level to be continuously visible in google search. The era of a clickbait and twitter posts embeds descriptions are coming to an end. As well as new players in the markets will be considered as equal and the better content wins rather than the brand names. The small projects sometimes put ten times more efforts to introduce high-end content but are buried in the shadow of the market giants. I believe Google is now aware of this and what really matters is the content. Not the quantity, but quality.
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6/12/19
> I signed up to dmca.com so that my content can get protection. 

How does that site protect your content?
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6/12/19
>How does that site protect your content?

Hi Stevie. Depending on what you do when you sign up, you get certain pages protected on your site. So if someone steals your content, you'll get notified. If you have a paid plan, all your pages are protected.
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6/25/19
https://support.google.com/webmasters/thread/8671182

I've created my own thread about the cryptonews website (https:u.today) with similar problems, could you check this?
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