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    Sudden Major Decrease in Impressions

    My website impressions as viewed in my Google Webmaster Tools have been around 20,000. However beginning on 10/30/2012, my impressions dropped to near zero. My website is http://www.strongfamilies.us. I have only been making very minor text edits to my site, nothing that would cause alarm. Webmaster Tools doesn't indicate any warnings suggesting that they are penalizing me. I placed a thread on Google Webmaster Tools Forum about this problem getting little to no help. Can anyone tell me why my impressions dropped and what I can do to increase them? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367 View Post
    My website impressions as viewed in my Google Webmaster Tools have been around 20,000. However beginning on 10/30/2012, my impressions dropped to near zero. My website is http://www.strongfamiles.us. I have only been making very minor text edits to my site, nothing that would cause alarm. Webmaster Tools doesn't indicate any warnings suggesting that they are penalizing me. I placed a thread on Google Webmaster Tools Forum about this problem getting little to no help. Can anyone tell me why my impressions dropped and what I can do to increase them? Thanks.
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    The below image does not exist.

    HTML Code:
    <img id='SG_STATS_GOT_REQUEST_FROM_SERACHENGINE' src='<<SG_CONTENT_SITE_URL>>submit/r.jpg?type=stats&req={<<SG_REFERAL_URL>>}' border='0' alt='' height='1' width='1'/>
    That looks to be the tracking beacon. Therefore, hits are not being tracked because the image never gets loaded.

    My guess is that <<SG_CONTENT_SITE_URL>> and {<<SG_REFERAL_URL>>} are tokens which are obviously not being replaced with the proper values. The change that caused that is really anyones guess. The best bet to resolve it without professional involvement would be to step back through the changes to figure out what change broke it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oddz View Post
    The below image does not exist.

    HTML Code:
    <img id='SG_STATS_GOT_REQUEST_FROM_SERACHENGINE' src='<<SG_CONTENT_SITE_URL>>submit/r.jpg?type=stats&req={<<SG_REFERAL_URL>>}' border='0' alt='' height='1' width='1'/>
    That looks to be the tracking beacon. Therefore, hits are not being tracked because the image never gets loaded.

    My guess is that <<SG_CONTENT_SITE_URL>> and {<<SG_REFERAL_URL>>} are tokens which are obviously not being replaced with the proper values. The change that caused that is really anyones guess. The best bet to resolve it without professional involvement would be to step back through the changes to figure out what change broke it.

    Thank you so much for your reply. I am somewhat confused however. Which page on my site contains the code you referenced of the image that doesn't exist and what should I do about this code?

    Last week, I used PageSpeed Insights, a Chrome extension, to help me scale all my images so that my pages are easier to open. Do you think that scaling these images is the problem? Do you think that I should revert back to the original images?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367 View Post
    Thank you so much for your reply. I am somewhat confused however. Which page on my site contains the code you referenced of the image that doesn't exist and what should I do about this code?
    It appears on each page, a couple of lines from the end. Another thing you might want to check is whether this part:
    Code:
    id='SG_STATS_GOT_REQUEST_FROM_SERACHENGINE'
    is correct, or whether that last word should be SEARCHENGINE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367
    Thank you so much for your reply. I am somewhat confused however. Which page on my site contains the code you referenced of the image that doesn't exist and what should I do about this code?
    That snippet is probably on every page of site though I pulled it from the home page.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367
    Last week, I used PageSpeed Insights, a Chrome extension, to help me scale all my images so that my pages are easier to open. Do you think that scaling these images is the problem? Do you think that I should revert back to the original images?
    That sounds like it might be the cause considering it manipulates images. Worth a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oddz View Post
    That snippet is probably on every page of site though I pulled it from the home page.



    That sounds like it might be the cause considering it manipulates images. Worth a shot.

    Actually, PageSpeed Insights doesn't manipulate images. It simply makes recommendations as to how much to reduce images to make pages open quicker. I simply used my logo maker to reduce the size of each image, uploaded them to my ftp service, and made sure the the image url on each page was correct. Do you still feel that this might be the issue because I could always return all the original images? Thanks.

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    The two codes in question:

    <img id='SG_STATS_GOT_REQUEST_FROM_SERACHENGINE' src='<<SG_CONTENT_SITE_URL>>submit/r.jpg?type=stats&req={<<SG_REFERAL_URL>>}' border='0' alt='' height='1' width='1'/>

    and

    id='SG_STATS_GOT_REQUEST_FROM_SERACHENGINE'

    do not appear in my php editor when I edit pages. Therefore, these codes must be coming from another file perhaps in my Includes folder. Would you happen to know exactly which folder/file these codes can be found? Besides changing SERACHENGINE to SEARCHENGINE, what should I do regarding the first code? Should I simply delete it?

    Since these codes have been on my site for years ever since the site was built, do you honestly feel that these issues have anything to do with the drop in impressions this month? I could fix these codes but I don't feel confident that they have anything to do with the current issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367 View Post
    However beginning on 10/30/2012, my impressions dropped to near zero.
    I know I get confused by US date formats, but isn't that today? It seems a bit early to be panicking about something that may just be a glitch in the system.

    Do you have any other kind of stats on your site? e.g. AWStats, Webalizer, etc. If so, are they showing a dramatic loss of traffic for today?

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    I use GetClicky and Google Analytics. They have both been pretty consistent. Right now at noon, GetClicky is only showing 4 search engine clicks.

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    This doesn't seem to be anything to do with design, so I'm going to move the thread to the Internet Marketing forum. Hopefully somebody there will have some ideas.

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    Okay. Thank you.

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    hello,

    you problem is all about OPTIMIZATION... Look :
    - Title is too long
    - Description is really too long too
    - you use a lot of keywords.. this last option is become unuseful because all search engines bots never mind about it since a few months now...

    - You don't Close the Meta Tags on you Website , For Exemple :

    <meta name="Distribution" content="Global"> That must Be <meta name="Distribution" content="Global" />

    i did a SEO review for your website and it's Score is 0. You have really to change all what i listed here and then you will see that there is a change and the traffic will get back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367 View Post
    My website impressions as viewed in my Google Webmaster Tools have been around 20,000. However beginning on 10/30/2012, my impressions dropped to near zero.
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    Can anyone tell me why my impressions dropped and what I can do to increase them? Thanks.
    Times change and it looks as though your site has been eventually suffered a Google Update.

    I think your 20,000 impressions were gleaned from GWT -> Traffic -> Search Queries but far more meaningful statics are available at GWT -> Health -> Index Status.

    Take a long look at the Help file at the bottom left, preferably use a print out and see over the past year how your data links have evolved.

    GWT Help Excerpt
    How to use this data
    A steady increase in the number of crawled and indexed pages indicates that Google can regularly access your content, and that your site is being indexed.

    If you see a sudden drop in the number of indexed pages, it may mean that your server is down or overloaded, or that Google is having trouble accessing your content.

    A high number of duplicate pages could mean that your site has problems with canonicalization, duplicate content, or automatically generated pages, or that it has been hacked. In many cases, Google will send you a message when we detect problems with your site, so make sure to set your notification preferences.

    Try comparing data:
    To see the percentage of your site thatís accessible to Google, compare the number of crawled pages with the number of pages blocked by robots.txt.

    To see how much of your site consists of pages perceived to contain unique content, compare the number of indexed pages with the number of pages marked Not Selected.
    Recently I read an interesting article, that went through the stages of increasing the impressions of his friend's site. What struck me the most from this SEO Professional was the analysis, attention to detail, improvements but most of all the non-dramatic traffic increase over a six-month period!

    There is no easy solution, it takes hard-work to maintain a high level of traffic because you are unable to influence other important external factors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadmix View Post
    hello,

    you problem is all about OPTIMIZATION... Look :
    - Title is too long
    - Description is really too long too
    - you use a lot of keywords.. this last option is become unuseful because all search engines bots never mind about it since a few months now...

    - You don't Close the Meta Tags on you Website , For Exemple :

    <meta name="Distribution" content="Global"> That must Be <meta name="Distribution" content="Global" />

    i did a SEO review for your website and it's Score is 0. You have really to change all what i listed here and then you will see that there is a change and the traffic will get back.
    Thank you for your response. How can I do my own SEO review? Is this a program or a software that I could use? Will this review tell me exactly what I need to do to raise my score?

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    Thank you for your response.

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    Agreed with MarkStrobel3367, biggest issue I found with your website that you are doing too much. Your activities including on page (title description and keyword) everything is not appearing natural, sorry to say but you are doing negative SEO. Losing impressions indicates your website is not shown in search results for keywords.
    Coming to your website, it is good one, I think problem is with the approach for optimizing site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367 View Post
    Thank you for your response. How can I do my own SEO review? Is this a program or a software that I could use? Will this review tell me exactly what I need to do to raise my score?
    You can check : seositecheckup.com and there is a lot of others...

    Goodluck

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    Hi,

    First check your on page seo. At a first glance you have some issues with the titles and also the meta keywords is tooooo long. Make it shorter or even remove it as the keywords meta is not as important as it used to be.
    Fix this "on page" issues and than you can ask google for a reevaluation from you webmasters account. This can only have effect if your site was manually penalized and not affected by an algorithm change.

    Good luck !

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    Quote Originally Posted by PunctRo View Post
    Hi,

    First check your on page seo. At a first glance you have some issues with the titles and also the meta keywords is tooooo long. Make it shorter or even remove it as the keywords meta is not as important as it used to be.
    Fix this "on page" issues and than you can ask google for a reevaluation from you webmasters account. This can only have effect if your site was manually penalized and not affected by an algorithm change.

    Good luck !
    Thank you for your response. How would I no if Google penalized me? There is no indication of this within my account in Webmaster tools?
    Last edited by TechnoBear; Oct 31, 2012 at 11:05. Reason: Fixed typo :)

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    Thank you so much. I will check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367 View Post
    Thank you for your response. How would I no if Google penalized me? There is no indication of this within my account in Webmaster tools?
    Did you read my post and try "Comparing Data" with GWT->Health->Index Status?
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    Thank you for your response. However, I don't know what this means:

    "Comparing Data" with GWT->Health->Index Status

    Could you elaborate on this? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStrobel3367 View Post
    Thank you for your response. However, I don't know what this means:

    "Comparing Data" with GWT->Health->Index Status

    Could you elaborate on this? Thanks.
    Open Google Webmaster Tools
    Select your site
    Select in left column -> Health
    Select in left column -> Index Status
    Open Advanced Option (where you should see the last 12 months statistics)
    From the Help in the bottom left corner read, note and try comparing the following statistics:

    If you see a sudden drop in the number of indexed pages, it may mean that your server is down or overloaded, or that Google is having trouble accessing your content.

    A high number of duplicate pages could mean that your site has problems with canonicalization, duplicate content, or automatically generated pages, or that it has been hacked. In many cases, Google will send you a message when we detect problems with your site, so make sure to set your notification preferences.

    Try comparing data:
    To see the percentage of your site that’s accessible to Google, compare the number of crawled pages with the number of pages blocked by robots.txt.

    To see how much of your site consists of pages perceived to contain unique content, compare the number of indexed pages with the number of pages marked Not Selected.
    If you do not understand the help information then post a screen dump along with your questions.
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    Thanks. I'm not sure what this means:

    Date Total indexed Ever crawled Not selected Blocked by robots Removed
    11/6/2011 150 39096 50 0 0
    11/13/2011 148 39101 51 0 0
    11/20/2011 145 39103 52 0 0
    11/27/2011 141 39103 52 0 0
    12/4/2011 137 39103 52 0 0
    12/11/2011 137 39104 52 0 0
    12/18/2011 136 39106 53 0 0
    12/25/2011 137 39108 53 0 0
    1/1/2012 126 39108 53 0 0
    1/8/2012 126 39109 55 0 0
    1/15/2012 126 39109 57 0 0
    1/22/2012 123 39109 56 0 0
    1/29/2012 121 39153 55 0 0
    2/5/2012 121 39168 56 0 0
    2/12/2012 124 39170 56 0 0
    2/19/2012 125 39172 57 0 0
    2/26/2012 127 39174 57 0 0
    3/4/2012 129 39174 58 0 0
    3/11/2012 134 39174 60 0 0
    3/18/2012 134 39175 61 0 0
    3/25/2012 134 39176 63 0 0
    4/1/2012 143 39176 64 4 0
    4/8/2012 140 39177 63 4 0
    4/15/2012 143 39177 68 4 0
    4/22/2012 143 39186 68 4 0
    4/29/2012 143 39186 68 4 0
    5/6/2012 153 39189 70 4 0
    5/13/2012 150 39189 83 4 0
    5/20/2012 144 39189 83 4 0
    5/27/2012 138 39189 84 4 0
    6/3/2012 137 39189 87 4 0
    6/10/2012 133 39189 90 4 0
    6/17/2012 129 39189 91 4 0
    6/24/2012 127 39189 91 4 0
    7/1/2012 124 39189 98 4 0
    7/8/2012 133 39210 108 4 0
    7/15/2012 139 39230 115 0 0
    7/22/2012 138 39230 114 0 0
    7/29/2012 138 39230 113 0 0
    8/5/2012 138 39230 108 0 0
    8/12/2012 143 39230 111 0 0
    8/19/2012 144 39231 103 0 0
    8/26/2012 144 39231 104 0 0
    9/2/2012 144 39231 105 0 0
    9/9/2012 144 39231 104 0 0
    9/16/2012 143 39231 104 0 0
    9/23/2012 143 39231 104 0 0
    9/30/2012 143 39232 103 0 0
    10/7/2012 141 39232 104 0 0
    10/14/2012 138 39232 104 0 0
    10/21/2012 138 39237 107 0 0
    10/28/2012 137 39237 114 0 0


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