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Re: Google changes in the last month

__/ [lolly] on Tuesday 13 September 2005 11:16 \__

> many thanks roy
> one of the sites is daintylady.co.uk
> cheers

Wow! Nice site. What were we talking about...? Oh, SEO, of course... so the
banners upon the bellybutton can go. They only disguise information and
confuse the *ahem*... crawlers.

* The site has 62 pages indexed. Does that make sense to you? Have you more?

* Google detects 9 inbound links, all of which from the site itself. Are
there any external ones? Links from other sites, which out to get counted
or be prominent enough to get listed?

* What traffic were you used to and what traffic are you getting now?

* The site's code looks quite clean to me, but the underlying technology is
a wee outdated. I notice that the design is based on tables, but I do not
believe this to have any impact on SE performance.

* Have you made any changes to your site recently? (or around the beginning
of August)

* Have you got figures to compare against from August-September last year?

* Are the other site/s that you said was/were affected on the same Web host
(#)? Are the other site/s similar in nature (niche)? Is its/their design

* Have your site/s gone down recently? If your site is down when the indices
are re-built, e.g. in August 10th (I believe it was the 7th), your site can
get neglected for a month. This had me penalised in February this year when
there was scheduled maintenance to be carried out by the host (DNS
migration). It is worth investigating. Check your logs to see if there were
downtimes. Also consider having a look at traffic from crawlers and Google
in particular.

* Referring back to (#), has your host become slower in terms of service
response time and/or bandwidth? You must always aspire to be at the top
percentile when it comes to persistency of traffic.

__/ [Sam] adds at 11:21 \__

> Google is cleaning house right now and purging its index of 404 error
> pages. Check your 'from the site' links at google (when you do a search
> for your url address) and it will show you if you have any very old 404
> error pages that google has been clinging onto. If you do then just do a
> robots.txt file for them or upload 404 error pages with meta tag noindex
> or htaccess file. Either of the 3 ways will work if that's the problem.
> The current google algo is about getting rid of very old ead links
> google has been carrying around too long. it';s causing many sites to
> drop right now.


Could you provide us with some links (references) to that? I did not know
that and I find it rather curious.


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