Rankings Dropping Like Flies

Last Update: September 27, 2016

Every day we see others posting success stories around achieving page one rankings with help from the training here at WA. I have been one of them. Recently I blogged about having numerous page 1 ranked posts, a few of which were in the #1 spot.

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Precursor: I moved my website to a new domain name just over 1 month ago. The old website is still running and has the auto redirect that WA applies for you.

I changed to the Yoast SEO plugin from the All In One Plugin about two weeks ago.

This morning I logged into Webmaster Tools to take a look see of what was going on with one of my sites. To my surprise, I found a boat load of information I was not prepared for.

My rankings were slipping at a rapid pace. I don't mean 1 or 2 spots here and there. I am talking slipping to the tune of 2 or 3 pages, A DAY! Wait, what?

Check traffic time. My pages were averaging 250 - 300 clicks a day. Now, 20 on a good day. All coming from social media. What the Hell is going on here? And then I saw this.


Hmmm. That can't be right. I have submitted sitemaps. Even double checking to make sure they are there. I have fetched every new post as it's been written and submitted. No errors are showing.


What am i missing here? Is there something about Yoast and sitemaps that I am not aware of? I don't know if it has something to do with Yoast or not. I feel like I need to switch back to All In One and Google Sitemaps plugin. Didn't have any problems with them. I switched to Yoast based on feedback from the community and really like the features it has to offer.

Anyone else have similar experiences with Yoast?

Jason

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MPollock Premium
Chris answered your question. have a great week.
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CaJe51 Premium
Thanks for the warning.
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WilliamBH Premium
Great post and great warning Jason .. thank you. Cheers, William.
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sasplund Premium
Kind of scary even though I didn't understand everything you wrote. I won't be switching from the WA automatic stuff. I really appreciate that you included pictures. That is so helpful. Sorry for your experience; thankful that you shared it.
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jkryscynski Premium
No problem Susan. Basically, many people have blogged recently about using the Yoast All In One SEO plugin so i gave it a shot. Soon after I made the switch from The All In One plugin that is standard with WA I notice a drastic drop in my google rankings. Needless to say I have spent the morning converting back.
Jason
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ChrisScott Premium
I have been telling people this, Jason. There is a reason WA automatically does the AIO SEO. I have the Pro version.

Thanks so much for the warning.
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jkryscynski Premium
Think I should switch back Chris?
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ChrisScott Premium
I would, Jason. I did as a matter of fact. Same experience my friend.

I have recovered and doing better than ever.
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jkryscynski Premium
Thanks for the feedback. Uninstalled and rebooted to All in one. That just wasn't cool.
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ChrisScott Premium
Yep.
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jkryscynski Premium
Am i safe in assuming its ok to delete the old site maps in Webmaster from yoast and add the new from All in One?
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ChrisScott Premium
I would be assuming too.

That is an excellent question and did not cross my mind at the time I did it and I am now better than ever.

I will, however, take a S.W.A.G., since you are not changing the URL(s), I fail to see how saying, " look at these, Google, should hurt. Seeing the time stamps, Copyrighted content, and timestamps did not change.

You would in a since only be fetching your website at once. Every time your keywords are searched your URL is fetched so I would not think it should hurt at all, Jason. EXCELLENT Question, though.
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