My site had page 1 placings on google, with roughly 3000 visitors a month. Then I had a problem with the website in May according to google console & the pages fell out of view in search. I have fixed the issues & google console has confirmed this last month , but the rankings have still gone, so today there was no organic search traffic. My question is will the rankings come back or should I just forget wasting more & more time on the site ?
Thanks for your help.

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nathaniell Premium Plus
I'm curious what the problem was that you eventually fixed. Unless it was catastrophic and left for a long time, it may not have been the cause of your rankings drop.

It may have been an algo update. Was there anything on the pages that could have caused the drop, like excessive affiliate links, or did you build links to the pages?

If you previously had rankings, then lost them, have you tried to make some updates on the page, i.e. refreshing the content and doing some new social media shares to notify Google of the updates?
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JTTStore Premium
Hi Nathaniell,
The site is a bit seasonal, so in March/April the numbers started going back up to normal. Then there was an upgrade to the website I was using on Wordpress & so unfortunately I took it. The rolling pictures on the homepage now changed in size, but I wasn't that bothered as people searched & got to the individual articles & not really the homepage, which I remember you touching on in a video or blog. The articles remained good & static on mobile , so no problem. Then the traffic started to drop a bit & then massively. When I eventually got google console to grant me access, it showed that the site was picked up by google because the mobile experience for the customer was compromised, because the article headings & snippets moved up & down, when looking at the homepage. I corrected the homepage & added a new sitemap. Google responded that everything is now all good, but the rankings have not recovered at all.
I live in hope. Some of the articles remain intheir no1 spot in Yahoo & Bing , but the traffic has taken a massive hit.
So I guess I have to patient & keep on trucking.

Cheers, Duncan.

P.S. Thanks for commenting, means a lot.
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nathaniell Premium Plus
So the image thing wouldn't have affected SEO, at least I doubt it. A few small mobile issues in Search Console wouldn't have either. PS, if the image thing isn't fixed yet, you can usually fix the "too big image after update" thing by using a "regenerate images" plugin.

With lost rankings like that, and the timing, I think it might have been the May algorithm update. Did these pages have a lot of affiliate links?

If not, one thing you can do is to check out what competition is ranking now. What are they doing different? What ideas can you borrow and riff on? What can you do to improve your own pages to match what Google is looking for?
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JTTStore Premium
Have a look at these 2 - https://beststeeringwheellock.com/best-wheel-clamps-for-motorhomes-guide

https://laidbackleisure.co.uk/best-wheel-clamps-for-motorhomes/

The first is google 1st page the 2nd ( that was first page) you can no longer find on google search. This post was uploaded by Bulldog.com & sat just below them, now it's gone & I don't know why ?
I'm using social media to promote the posts & today someone thanked me for the article & bought a wheel clamp from the page.

I don't want to start changing everything out, incase it makes things worse.

Keep adding content & wait & see I quess ?

Cheers, Duncan.
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nathaniell Premium Plus
OK, so good news and good news IMO.

The first good news is that the post that is currently ranking isn't anything crazy magnificent in terms of quality or uniqueness, so it's definitely something you can compete with.

The second good news is that there's plenty you can improve about your own page without changing too much about it.

Some opportunities to improve your post:

1. stop using bright blue and red for headings. this looks very low-quality design-wise IMO. Just black and grey is fine.
2. use some better organization. I'm not sure that having a section with ten videos is the perfect way to organize the post. I think it would be better to have a section about each type of wheel clamp, e.g. H2 with "Types of Wheel Clamps", then H3 for each type (Claw, 3-arm), with a video explainer of each type. Or perhaps you want to organize my manufacturer.
3. Since the post is long, a table of contents plugin would help (I use Easy Table of Contents)
4. There's tons of extra white space under your headings. I'm not sure if this is a theme design or you are double spacing, but it's a little hard to read.
5. lots of text saying "click the link below"

I'm sure there's more, but those can get you started. The main thing to focus on for this page, and other pages if you have similar setups is, "How can I make this easier for the reader to digest and make a choice on what to buy".

My suspicion is that your de-ranking is due to the recent algo updates and if you make some improvements to the page and continue to create content (plus update other pages on your site to improve them as well) that your rankings will come back. YOu have a solid foundation to start with!
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TheAbie Premium Plus
I'd be less analysis paralysis and keep creating succinct original content and sharing onward social media platforms.

You may also like to review Kyle's resource
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JTTStore Premium
Thanks AbieAJ, I was just fed up & a bit low. Deep down I knew the answer, I guess I just wanted to hear it from someone else. I know that the articles did work & some still rank in position 1 on Yahoo & Bing. So I'll keep on trucking & wait for Google to sort itself out.
Cheers, Duncan.
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JKulk1 Premium
I agree with Eric. Keep on posting unfortunately these hiccups happen with Google. Jim
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JTTStore Premium
Thanks Jim
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EricCantu Premium Plus
The answer is to keep posting quality content :) Your posts ranked because you did things right, so keep going forward. The bottom line is that google wants to serve up the best possible content for its searches. So if your website had some issues and rankings went away, now that you’ve fixed those issues keep going forward creating quality content, don’t get lost in the analytics, and you’ll be back ranking soon enough.
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JTTStore Premium
Thanks Eric, I'll keep on pushing forward.
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Triblu Premium
Hey Duncan,

Don't be too quick to "toss in the towel" just yet. Google did an update to their algorithms again... see screen print below...

Strong and steady will win the race every time.

It's been said that Google "stirs up the pot" every once in a while to see who jumps at the changes. If/when major changes get made to sites who lose rankings, then those sites are slower to return to where they once were.

Something about their "blanket method" for dealing with those who use black hat tactics to gain rankings in search results.

I'm not saying that you were using black hat tactics. What I am saying is that your site sounds to have been grouped (unfairly, yes) with others in this latest rollout of changes.

In another month or so, your site could return to the same rank. So, you may find patience is needed. Keep on offering helpful advice, and share that content on social media.

Hope you find this helpful.
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JTTStore Premium
Thanks
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