Webmaster and SEO consultants are always going to be being asked questions like:-
- Website dropped and cannot figure out why?
- Has my website been banned by Google?
- Our website dropped in Google a while ago, and I’m not sure why?
- Website dropped from page 1 to page 15?
- Does my site have a Google penalty?
These questions are often being stress as a website in the world we live in often is the main source of income and when a website drops from page one of google all the income will stop.
If a website has dropped do not panic and change everything as a Google penalty is more likely to be something recently added or changed. Often this is something relating to new links from domain link farms and attacks but even then a site dropped due to this it would be simple to purchase cheap links to bury a competitor website in google.
The Google algorithm is very clever and when an update takes place and a website drops it is often that now Google have detected something incorrect in the way that SEO has been carried out.
A quick solution if a site has been sandboxed by Google is to change the website URL doing a 301 Permanent Redirect. This is a redirect that will always point to the same location moving a website to a new location removing any chance of canonicalise errors.
For example if your domain was:-
This would move your website to the new domain name and carry power without taking with the penalty. This is often done by companys and you would not notice.