My Posts are Gone.What May Have Happened
My posts that have been bringing in all the traffic for the last three weeks and allowing my site to thrive with 350-800 visitors per day are gone from the Bing and Yahoo search results. I even searched for them in quotes and can't find them. These posts were ranked #1 on Bing and Yahoo for weeks. The primary one was ranked #1 for a month now.
This is quite the dramatic fall. I understand if they went down to #2 or #5 or something but they are not anywhere to be found. The only search result I can find is one for my pet site that has a link to the other site since I put links in the posts to each other!
My posts are still there, they are just WAAAAY down the search results I guess.
I am trying not to freak out. I went to Bing webmaster tools and can't get any information there. I had not changed anything recently so I don't think I did this. I was very careful to cite sources, did not have any duplicate content etc. etc. I know I didn't do anything wrong.
I found this article that explains reasons your posts can disappear and go way down suddenly. I am sharing the link here since it is good information. Basically it could just be due to timing (mine has been #1 for a long time but they could change an algorithm and it tanks). There is WAY more competition now so it is harder for mine to rank I suppose. Sometimes they can just mix it up for no apparent reason.
The article is about Google but I think it would apply to the other search engines as well.
So, I need to go request comments again, add more content and just hope it comes back up!
For now, the amazing run of traffic and sales are over.
Last week I had over 800 visitors to my site in one day! Two days ago I had $70 in commissions in one day...my highest day ever...then yesterday I had only 2 sales. Oh well, this is what can happen with organic traffic...it will come back but I have no idea when. This is one reason we need lots of content so if one post tanks, there are plenty more out there to bring in traffic and sales. I will still get some sales from my other posts but it will be drastically less.
Off to request comments and hopefully build this back up.