On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:09:28 PM UTC-4, AdjusterRon wrote:
Is there a crawling error by Google bots, or was my site penalized by Google, and if so why?
Website traffic dropped from 900-1400 visitors a day to 200-250 visitors a day on or about March 22, 2012. It had taken several years for my traffic to build up.
At first I thought ich.org (short for insuranceclaimhelp.org) got mixed in with others for back link blog networks that I heard Google came down on heavy in March. But ich.org had no such involvement with back linking (unless an enemy did it). I also had not received any warnings from Google that ich.org was in violation of any of their guidelines.
On 4-30-12 I noticed that google search results for ich was not showing cached pages for the last 4 years. Google also is not showing search results for postings since 3-22-12 unless they are enclosed in quotes. My CleverStat Google Monitor does not even show page positions for postings, so they must really be buried deep in Google search result pages.
I just now accessed my Google Webmaster Tools to find 7 notifications of "significant drop in traffic". And I also saw a notice of "crawling problems" (I also had failed to configure Webmaster Tools to notify me by email of problems).
So now I wonder if there was a Google crawling error due to a Wordpress plugin I installed on 3-12-12 Share Buttons by Lockerz ? I just deactivated that plugin today.
I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: Yes