Last month, we discussed about some of the ways to find out whether your site has been penalized by Google or not. According to Search Engine Journal, Google is planning to apply few filters to those websites that fail to follow their Terms Of Services.
Above all, the biggest problem is that even some of the webmasters are completely unaware of the fact whether their site is being penalized or is under filter. There might be some duplicate content in their site or some optimization issue. The problems can be numerous. Here are 4 flags that might mean that your site is under penalty or filter:
- Sudden Google referral traffic drop: Sometimes this sudden traffic loss is also accompanied by a sudden drop in page rankings. This may happen due to numerous reasons (may be the presence of a lot of backlinks in your site). If you are facing the same problem, think on this issue that may be, your site is being penalized.
- If you query general search and a single database, then you may notice a lot of difference in rankings. Even a lot of webmasters are discussing about this issue in detail.
- Your domain does not appear #1 for [yourdomain.com] search. If this is the case, then take this as a warning that your site may be under a Google filter or is under a penalty.
- [site:yourdomain.com] returns 0 results: This is a serious issue. Try to resolve it as soon as possible.