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Abrupt and steep fall in 1 day in google page rank for over 1000s of links


TuTe01 May 20, 2012 1:56 PM
Posted in group: Webmaster Central

Categories: Crawling, indexing & ranking :

I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: Yes

My site's URL (web address) is: http://goo.gl/mYZ27

I have read nearly all the FAQs available on the forums and similar issues pointed by forum members and I have applied few good suggestions and nothing has happened. The table below will highlight my problem easily and clearly.

Day

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Sun

Date

18-Mar

25-Mar

01-Apr

08-Apr

15-Apr

22-Apr

29-Apr

06-May

13-May

20-May

Unique visits

200

229

393

388

536

385

443

65

116

89

 

Note for table: See the difference between group 1 (Mar-18 to Apr 29) and group 2 (May 6 - May 20). The actual problem has started from May 5 (51). May 4 the site recorded 249 visits.

 Here are the few points I will like the expert to know more about my website which I already know:

1. There exists duplicate content within my website as students worldwide keep posting similar questions to us and I post them on my blog page (to attract similar searches from others). But Google says, innocent duplication does not affect page ranks though it may affect site performance, which I now doubt has impacted my website. Ref: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.in/2008/09/demystifying-duplicate-content-penalty.html

2. Few competitors do have similar contents and strategies as not all students will use my website services - they use other services as well and they also keep posting similar questions. My site has never copied the live contents posted on their website but we post what comes to us directly

3. My site is reasonably new, around 5-6 months old.

4. My site has done more than I expected in terms of indexing, page ranks, site links till May 5th after which it has shown abrupt decline (and not gradual) which worries me even more (see table).

5. I have removed mostly all I did on May 4 and May 5, to see my website regains, but nothing has happened in 3 weeks.

6. I do have broken links and unindex pages, but I suppose that should not cause ABRUPT decline to page rank.

7. All the hits I get these days are from bing, yahoo and ask which has not fined me, but only google.com. I think not even google.uk or google.in where my website is still doing nearly the same.

8. We post nearly 100 + entries each day. From March where there were few hundreds of posts the site has touched nearly 10,000 entries by May 20 - still the hits has gone lower today as compared to March.

Now, I am ready to hear to expert comments, harsh or modest, but as everyone else, I really want my website to start performing as it was previously.

Crux question: Why a steep dive in 1 day and the site is not coming up for around 3 weeks now? 

Thanks in advance for your advice.