First things first. Yes that headline was a joke. No I don’t really think that. No this isn’t an Eric Ward post. So let’s move on from my link factors post as it has nothing to do with this one…other than the total linkbait title.
I noticed on Monday of this week (4 days after my last post) that after over a year of blogging, naturally building quality links, providing Google with plenty of content, not using any black hat techniques (only talking about them), decent subscriber numbers (for me at least) and my blog just got tanked. The DP tools would call it the sandbox, some would call it tripping a spam filter, the tin foil wearing people would call it a Google conspiracy, and I would call it…well I’m not really sure. I don’t think it was any of those things but then again I can’t explain it. Maybe Eric called up Google to punish me
Let’s look at some examples.
* themadhat – find the white rabbit – clearly I should rank first for this. Clearly my blog is the most relevant for that search. Even in quotes I’m not first. Let’s see what’s in front of me:
My BlogCatalog page
My StumbleUpon page
My Bumpzee page
My ozmozr page
My Blogflux page
A Technorati page
My Jaiku page
Some scraper shitbag SEO company
My mobitype feed page
Another ozmozr page – the feed this time
My Technorati profile
THEN MY BLOG – #14 BABY – WTF?
So I’m in the middle of writing this post, and I see that Sugarrae has been bitch slapped for a long time. She ran a little test from my Monkey Balls post to see if she could jump ahead of me. Clearly her blog should rank above mine as she has much more authority (at least to me and everyone but Google apparently) and she’s got lots more high quality links, but as you can see, last week I was sitting at #1 for that.
Today? #43. I’m sure there are 41 more relevant pages discussing Monkey Balls SEO out there. (PS: Thanks Rae for the pics, I didn’t have visual evidence before that).
Let’s take a look at how my blog is optimized internally. I don’t spend all that much time on it because frankly it doesn’t make me any money, but I did do the important things. All the proper SEO plugins are in use. I avoid duplicate content by properly by using nofollow on my archive links, I properly redirect non-www to www, I only use snippets on the category pages. I didn’t miss anything big that would cause penalties.
I have plenty more examples but essentially I tanked on everything. Rae listed three things that could have happened to her, and I added a couple.
- 1. Google doesn’t know its head from its ass
- 2. Someone at Google dislikes me on a personal level
- 3. I’m penalized or devalued – collateral damage from some spam filter
- 4. Eric Ward made a phone call / pushed his destroy button / link bowled me (I don’t really think so, but the timing was ironic)
- 5. Matt Cutts is an evil alien (no, that didn’t make sense, it was my obligatory matt link)
So all that being said…WTF Google? It isn’t that big of a deal as I don’t particularly get all that much traffic from search anyway and this blog isn’t monetized, but come on Google. The only explanation out of the above list is Google doesn’t know its head from its ass. I don’t see how or what kind of penalty I could have tripped, and I’m not doing anything bad that could get me a manual penalty. #5 it is then. Greetings earthlings.
PS: Sorry to Rae, I was really half-way through this post…and not meaning to copy when I saw yours. Let’s just call it a Sugarrae rules the earth backup post