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    Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    Greetings Local Search Experts! I hope this isn't cheeky, I'm sure there are lots of people out there in need of help, but I'm kind of lost at sea here so I thought I'd reach out....

    My story: At the start of 2012 I started working hard on my SEO (I have a software background so the on-page stuff was easy). I was completely surprised by my success when I appeared on page 1 in the 7 pac within a few short months. I had a great run, and generated some much needed business until last September when I got hit with a hidden address violation. After a few months, I was able to get it resolved and I made it back to page 1. Until May when I fell off again.

    I'm now languishing on the bottom of page three (of the map results) behind one business, for example, who isn't even in my niche (I think they added the wrong category).

    One major SEO play I made recently was to start blogging with a major retailer, where I was able to add my own followable links. It came to light recently (see here) that adding links to other sites by guest blogging may actually get you penalized. So I went and added a 'nofollow' to the links in all my articles. So far this has had no effect.

    If anyone can offer any advice I would be incredibly grateful.

    Thanks in advance!
    Justin

    My site: Vancouver Wedding Photography by Juna Photography
    My search term: vancouver wedding photographer - Google Search
    Last edited by Linda Buquet; 08-08-2013 at 08:36 PM. Reason: Since link was shared and this is about one specific listing, I had to move to the help section

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    Re: Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    If you haven't already - take a look at the courses on offer by Linda. She covers how to set up a Local page as well as seo for your website.

    In addition, you could also try the download available at seobraintrust.com for recovering from Panda & Penguin. I suspect, without digging deeply into your site, that your drop in ranking is related.

    It's a fair bit of work to do this yourself - hard to be a jack of all trades. Have you considered using a professional to help you? There are plenty here in the forum, I'm sure a few hours of their time would be well worth the investment.

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    Re: Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    Sorry Justin I've been dealing with family medical problems and am way behind on work too, so have not had time to look at this one.

    Thanks wonderwoman for mentioning my training. But unfortunately I only do advanced training for consultants. I don't have any training for business owners at all. I do consulting and troubleshooting for select businesses when I have time, but am usually booked up.

    I'll try to take a 10 minutes if/when I can but likely won't be until this weekend.
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    Re: Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    No worries Linda, take your time. Any guidance you can give me (whenever it suits) is very much appreciated.

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    Re: Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    I will jump in, just took a quick look to your site and I have seen that you are using JS-es for the Menu - I wouldn't recommend, as I have seen similar issues in the past with other websites using JSes.

    You shall use rel author on your blogpage also as now you are using only rel publisher.

    Not sure you have registered on Google Places for business but I am not able to see the exact address ( the one from the site ) , only the cityname Vancouver, CA - you shall add and verify the exact address in order to be listed on Google Maps.


    Contact page is loaded in a pop-up. You should build a different page only for this

    Use schema.org tags on the NAP and add an embeded google map on your contact page ( not image )

    Add Top keywords in site meta description also. ( already in titles in headings )

    You need to build some citations for your website, here is a good place to start with:

    Citation Building Service by NGS Marketing
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    Re: Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    Thanks for taking the time sergiuliano! As regards the exact address, it's hidden as I had a hidden address violation a while back.

    I will definitely look at some of the on-page issues you've raised.

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    Re: Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    Maybe Google is upset that you are using a Yahoo Map on your website...
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    Re: Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    Hey Justin,

    Noticed your back links started tanking in Late May and bottomed out in Early July. You went from roughly 1200 down to 580. Do a link audit. Also noticed some 404 errors, minor, but I always try and take care of every little thing. Check your broken links on the website: brokenlinkcheck.com. There are a lot of changes going on in Google. I've seen fluctuations every week since May. Most of the time I'm tossing my hands into the air wondering if Google is just making things up...

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    Re: Major drop in ranking - what would you do?

    Believe me Colan, I did my utmost to incorporate a Google Map, but it just wasn't possible!

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