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My site totally lost all SERP, have I been penalized?

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mysticboi
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My site totally lost all SERP, have I been penalized?

Ok, so here's the story. I checked google webmaster and my pages are ranked top 10 for 16 different keywords. Next day I checked up on it and all my SERP is gone. I go through 5 pages on google and still don't see any of my pages. It's been 4 days now, nothing showed up on the search engine results. The strange thing is, google webmaster is updated daily and it still shows my pages fluctuating between 1 and 10 on the dashboard. My visitors dropped to zero and my total visits for some reason...decreasing. I don't know if that made sense to you guys.

Things I've tried:

I typed in site: my url and it showed all my pages. I typed in my domain name for the search and it came out 1st place. I did use alot of the same anchor texts in my backlinks...but if that was the reason, then my home page wouldn't rank first for its own name and my home page has the most same anchor text backlinks. I tried varying the anchor texts in my backlinks to see if it would fix it...nothing.

The questions is...am I penalized? and when should I freak out?
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jasondodd
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Firstly I'd recommend you use Traffic Travis to track your progress in the SERPs - that way you dont have to manually check every page of Google for your site! It keeps track of your keyword ranking and gives you feedback on what your top result was over a given time period.

There can be lots of reasons why a site loses its ranking.
- another site becomes more relevant for that keyword
- another site earns more points for its backlinks
- the site has been penalized for something such as duplicate content
- the site is experiencing a temporary blip, possibly the sandbox effect

Use the SEO analysis in Traffic Travis to double-check your pages are ok, such as keyword density etc.
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Also how old is the site? newer sites tend to bounce up and down in the search engines for the first 6 months. after that they will tend to settle and become stable.
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mysticboi
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LoL my site is like 3 months old.
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Is there any way to quickly search for my site's serp? Clicking through google page after page is sucha drag.
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Use traffic travis, you can enter your keyword and check up to the top 50, farther if you get the paid version, otherwise, set up your url with google webmaster tools. it will tell you what your current rankings for each page is.
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/
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Theres every chance your site has been pushed down the list, particularly if you are using duplicate content i.e. content that can be found on another site somewhere else.

Search engines like Google are very good at filtering out content that isnt unique (even spotting poorly spinned 'unique' articles) and will often send these sites to the bottom of the pile, because it is simply not a good user experience to get 10 results which are essentially the same.

I'd recommend either writing the content yourself or outsourcing to get truly unique content.
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bindpua
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Mark can I ask what standard of rewriting your do with your articles on AMAutomation? Is it like 150%? 200%? 300%? I typically cut my article down from about 650 words to 450 by removing a few paragraphs, and then get the rewrite to at least 150%... is that safe or am I risking getting my articles marked as dups?
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