Google Slapped My Blog
Today I wanted to give you all a heads up to something that happened to my blog this past week, since the new Google change took effect.
If you don’t know yet.. Google has made a direct effort to now remove all sites/blogs that have duplicate content, which in theory will help ma and you that write “real” content to rank higher.
Sounds all good, Right?
The past 3 weeks I was doing some keyword work for 2 keys I wanted to rank for, I noticed after 4 weeks the results weren’t any better
and normally what I do works pretty fast.
So I looked a little deeper and noticed that my blog ranks for www.johnpaulaguiar.com but recently I noticed it was ranking as johnpaulaguiar.com.
Normally this isn’t that big a deal.. but with Google’s new found attack on dupe content, this is now a HUGE issue.
The problem is that Google now sees my blog url www.johnpaulaguiar.com normally, but now looks at johnpaulaguiar.com as a sub-domain and now sees my content as duplicate since it thinks it is the same content on 2 different domains.
Now I have always used a 301 redirect plugin and my sitemap has “www” in it yet this still happened.
So I recommend you look at your blogs ranks to see if Google has indexed your blog the way it has mine.
What has happened you ask?
How about dropping all my post urls rankings and I mean pages not positions. I mean from first place on first page for 10 months to not even in the top 3 pages.
My johnpaulaguiar.com is ranking fine but my post urls which have the “www” are all dropping in rank..not good at all.
This may also drop my PR rank at some point since some of my backlinks are going to the non “www” url.
The fix is simple – code a 301 redirect, from what I have been told, a .htaccess method is the best option.
This will drop many of your rankings for a few weeks while Google crawls your blog a few times.
The ranks “should” come back in 1- 2 months.
If the ranks come back, then not a big deal, just a pain in the ass thing to have to deal with when you are not a content stealing ass.
But it is something that has to be fixed, long term this will get worse. So better to take a hit now.. then to take a hit month after month.
I hope this isn’t playing out for you and your blog, but if it is, then this is how you can fix it.