Hi, everyone. One of my website traffic has dropped by half since March 1 and have no idea on what has caused it. Does anyone know if there is any change in google algorithm/other reasons that may have caused this? stressed out
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Siew Wah: Hi, everyone. One of my website traffic has dropped by half since March 1 and have no idea on what has caused it. Does anyone know if there is any change in google algorithm/other reasons that may have caused this? <b>stressed out</b>
K Neeraj Kayastha: May be sitespeed or mobile-friendliness! Check with google apps first. More if you provide site url,
Jim Munro: Hi ;, thank you for your participation here. :)
It's OK to provide a link to your site providing you disable it like this: domain(dot)com.
It's up to you whether you provide this or not but it is hard to imagine solutions without a site to look at.
Siew Wah: Hi ; ;. Thanks a lot for your replies. Site is visiontimes(dot)com. Would appreciate if you can take a look. Looking at our G.Analytics, traffic has gone down for all sources, not just one or two :/
Hi ;. Our site speed is indeed a problem. Thanks for pointing it out. Have been talking to developers, might need 2 weeks just to fix that ://
Appreciate all your help. ;
<b>2.</b> And your homepage is very heavy having so much internal links. Homepage should be clean and be very specific. ;
<b>3.</b> And ask the developer why he has put so many (50+) H1 tags. Only the page title (1 no,) should be H1, change others to H2 and h3 tags.
<b>4.</b> You have a lot of inbound links but they are from only some domains. do try to earn more link from different domains. Several links from one domain is not of so much importance.
Jim Munro: I am not an expert but I think your backlinks are bad, ;. According to ;, 122K of your 129K backlinks come from secretchina(dot)com. All of these come from a footer link "English"but your page is not the English version of the secretchina page. This is Penguin bait. 925 of your other links come from alltop(d0t)com and every one of them has exact match anchor text matching the title of your landing page. This is very bad and that's as far as I looked. If you don't have a manual penalty I think the best you can do is disavow the unnatural followed links and wait. ;
Siew Wah: Thanks ;for the details. #2 and #3, I guess it's because we follow pretty much of the original theme design. Can ask how do you check inbound links on site? ;
K Neeraj Kayastha: There are many tools but siteexplorer of Moz i use. And also i give attention to my webmasters <b>links to your site</b> section. Initially i don't care about follow or nofollow inbound links because they are scarce. Do give attention number of links from one domain.
Siew Wah: Thanks ; for your feedback. We are aware of our link in secretchina but did not know we have that many there. We'll check back with them on this. Do you know if there is any way that we can tell Google that the links are legit? ; We added our feed to alltop some time ago and did get some traffic there but no idea that it would affect so much. Thanks for your advice again.
Siew Wah: Thanks much ;for the suggestions. Will look into that. I guess we've not been looking into SEO seriously until now. ;Appreciate all the feedback.
Jim Munro: ;Our Panelists will look closely at this tonight.
Siew Wah: Thanks, ;and Panelists. That's very kind of you all. Please feel free to let me know if there is anything that you'd like to ask.