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Old November 14th, 2011, 09:34 PM
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Default Question over Search Results (URGENT)


A couple of weeks after adding Datafeedr to my website posts I noticed a gradual decline in organic traffic coming from Google, then all of a sudden no indexing at all. Apparently I have violated their quality content guidelines. I honestly don't know what went wrong. Would using DFR short code to add a data feed in my posts cause my website to be taken off Google?

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Old November 14th, 2011, 09:54 PM
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It's tough to say as the message is pretty vague. They don't really mention what you violated.

There are lots of people (non datafeedr customers) in the same boat:

I don't see how adding the shortcode to your posts would cause a decline as long as the post content was unique.

I do see that spammers have started commenting on your blog posts.

You seem to have spam comments and their respective spam links on most of your articles. It might be all of the spam comments that raised a flag with Google....

I would first remove all of those spammer's comments from your site and moderate all comments.

Then, I would look at the this link and try to determine if your site has similarities to other's sites that got removed.

Old November 15th, 2011, 07:05 AM
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I think it's really a content/quality issue.

1) First of all as Eric already suggested clear your comments.

I don't know whether your blog automatically approves comments or not but I would keep comments in moderation and only approve comments when they are related to the post.

2) Secondly one of Google's Webmaster guidelines is to

Keep the links on a given page to a reasonable number.

You should definitely decrease the number of links in your posts.

In the post below for example you have about 30 (!) links with a lot of links going to Amazon and eBay.

Not sure if you use some kind of plugin that automatically links keywords you specify, but if you do turn that off.

If you added the links manually, review each post again and remove all links or at least drastically reduce the number of links.

3) Another one of Google's Webmaster guidelines is

If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value.

The post below for example does not add value.

It contains hardly content (less than 100 words) but nevertheless there are 8 Amazon links.

You should add more value to such kind of posts or remove such posts entirely.

4) Finally I advise you to read the Google Webmaster Guidelines below and see if your pages comply with most of the guidelines.

Fix your content wherever you can before submitting a reconsideration request.

Last edited by stefan : November 16th, 2011 at 07:06 AM.
Old November 18th, 2011, 01:01 AM
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Hello Eric and Stefan,

Thank you for your feedback.

I've realized over the past couple of days these comments coming through were spammed and deleted all of them. I contacted the websites and voiced my concerns.

I will remove the merchant store links to reduce how many links I've added to some of my posts.

My Datafeed Store is not displayed as a page in my website but the product link is displayed below when they hover over the Visit Store.

Here is one post:

Should my url bar disclose when they hover over the title or "Visit Store" that they are going to the merchant store?

Would this have caused an issue?

I do tell people where they are being directed to and have disclosed to them that I earn money from referring people to stores. The manufacturers whom I do receive products to test sell them with more one shopping network. Should I be using my Datafeedr Store as a page instead of putting short code in my posts? I am not sure what to do here.

I've been going over previous product reviews to see how I can improve them.

Would like to hear your thoughts.

Thank you,
Old November 18th, 2011, 07:53 AM
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I don't think the issue is choosing between a stand-alone store or integrating products into posts via shortcodes. Nor do I think it's an issue when you use a "Visit Store" link.

I think the real issue here is the amount and/or quality of the content. In the URL you provide the intro only contains about 100 words followed by 7 affiliate links.

In addition part of the content is duplicate content as you use the merchant's product descriptions.

Just enter this phrase in Google and see where it all appears:

Our signature product! Fantastically Fun Edible Fingerpaint, created in 2007 with babies in mind, adhering to a baby safe ingredients which are Organic!

When I add content to my personal sites my blog posts are always unique and at least 500 words and in most cases about 1000 words with just an affiliate link or two in the content.

Just ask yourself if you would remove ALL your affiliate links from a post could the content stand on itself? In other words would the content be worthwile for a visitor?

You could easily replace the post you're referring to with a useful 500 to 1000 word article about Edible Art Supplies such as

"5 Fun Projects With Edible Art Supplies For Kids" or "Choosing Edible Art Supplies For Kids What To Look For?" ...

and then include 1 or two links to a store page or to the merchant.

So I think your first task is to "fix" your content by adding more useful content to your existing posts and by decreasing the number of links per post.

I even would remove the affiliate links entirely. Then submit a reconsideration request. Once your site appears in Google again you can consider to monetize the site again.

Another more drastic option is to start from scratch again with a brand new domain taking into account above guidelines.
Old November 19th, 2011, 04:34 AM
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Apart from adding more unique content, should I use only one product link from Datafeedr for me not to be penalised?

I'd like to know why you think it would be best for me to start from scratch again?
Old November 19th, 2011, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by erin View Post
Apart from adding more unique content, should I use only one product link from Datafeedr for me not to be penalised?
That's difficult to say as nowhere Google has specified how many links they consider as "reasonable" but I guess one or two links in a 500+ word article will do not any harm.

Originally Posted by erin View Post
I'd like to know why you think it would be best for me to start from scratch again?
Because even after submitting a reconsideration request there's no guarantee Google will accept your site again. And secondly it can take several weeks before Google re-evaluates your site and even if the outcome is positive it can take several weeks again before your site gets re-indexed.

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Old November 19th, 2011, 07:14 AM
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I write reviews and it won't look good if an eco business can't find my website in Google's search bar. I've invested so much time into my website it would be a real shame to let it go. After I've made those corrections and Google still doesn't accept my website would they prevent me from using PPC advertising?
Old November 19th, 2011, 08:18 AM
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If you don't want to let your site go, fix your content, remove advertising as much as possible, and submit a reconsideration request. Just take into account that the entire reconsideration process will take time and offers no guarantee.

You can always use PPC advertising. But here again quality will play an important role. I guess the cost per click will be higher when sending people to a store page with a dozen affiliate links (assuming such page gets approved in the first place) than sending people to a page with useful content like a product review for example.
Old November 19th, 2011, 09:01 PM
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If an online publisher uses one or two affiliate links to direct consumers to those merchants selling products which have been reviewed by the publisher, why would Google not penalise them for having Adsense displayed in their post? I've seen other websites which have a couple of affiliate links and up to 3 Google Adsense text ads within an article.

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