My traffic is back! I have been observing this trend for about a week now and I’m can finally conclude that my traffic from Google is back.
After a month of suffering from no traffic from Google, it finally came back last week. When I checked my stats, I can already see that Yahoo and Google are now starting to share in giving me web traffic. A few weeks before, it was usually Yahoo only since I was gone from Google search engine results.
I also checked the keywords I was optimizing and found some of rankings back to where they used to be. I still can’t find the other keywords but it is already a good start. So in line with this, I would like to share what I did to gain my Google Traffic back.
Know the reason why you got dropped in the first place
If you got dropped by Google, then probably you did something wrong in their guidelines. So the first thing you should do is to know what did you do. Here are some probable reasons you got dropped.
- You bought/sell “peyd” links
- You have “peyd” posts
- You engaged in black hat seo such as hidden text, keyword stuffing and other black hat seo tactics.
Correct those mistakes
After knowing what you have done “wrong” in the eyes of Google, you should correct those. In my case, I was guilty of engaging in Peyd posts so what I did was look at Google’s Webmaster Guidelines on paid links. I found out that Google accepts Paid posts as long as it has the no-follow attribute on it. (Source)
Not all paid links violate our guidelines. Buying and selling links is a normal part of the economy of the web when done for advertising purposes, and not for manipulation of search results. Links purchased for advertising should be designated as such. This can be done in several ways, such as:
- Adding a rel=”nofollow” attribute to the <a> tag
- Redirecting the links to an intermediate page that is blocked from search engines with a robots.txt file
So upon knowing this, I quickly browsed through all my posts and added nofollow to all paid posts. It was a bit troublesome for someone lazy like me but I had to do it because I need the traffic so I spent half a day reading through posts. After doing that, it’s time to tell Google that you have turned over a new leaf.
File a Google Reinclusion Request
This is the last step on getting your traffic from Google back. You have to file a Google reinclusion request. Basically, you need to tell them what you did wrong, what you did to fix them and ask them to recinclude your blog/site into their rankings. Then you just have to wait for around two weeks if your traffic changed or not. This is what I did and right now, I’m enjoying search engine traffic from Google again.
For more info, please watch the video on how to file a google reinclusion request.
I hope you can get your rankings back. Good luck!