I had a big boo boo

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

I recently shared with you my website redesign.  Everything was going smoothly and then things started to decline.

 

The decline coincided with the news of the Corona Virus, so I thought that was the cause. I didn't think much about it when I was down 15% (in pageviews).  But then 2 days later, down 37%, then 48% then 56%.

 

I figured people are focusing on more important issues (like staying safe, buying food, figuring out how to manage with schools being closed, etc.).

 

And, I'm sure most people were focusing on these activities (as they should).

 

But I just assumed that to be the cause and didn't look any further....until I went to search for one of blog post because I couldn't remember all 9 of the paint shades I used.

 

And lo and behold the post that usually delivers close to 60,000 pageviews disappeared.  Earlier in the week, it was #1. On Saturday it wasn't on Page 1 at all!

 

And, it wasn't just that post.  They all seemed to be gone.

 

Check out this picture of my Google Analytics

 

Yes, my daily pageviews went down from maybe 17,000-18,000 per day to 7,700.  Scary right?

 

If you look at the middle blue area, that's my search volume traffic.  It's usually my best source of traffic.

 

WTH?

 

So it turns out that something rare happened to me.  Due to the new theme, Google (and Bing) stopped crawling my site.

 

They didn't deindex me...they just didn't know it was there any more.

 

My tech guy figured out the problem in about 15 mins. So I resubmitted the site map on Saturday around 5pm and started to submit my top articles to Google (via Google Search Console).

 

By 7pm, my #1 article was back in it's #1 position.  Phew!  But there are still many URLs it needs to reindex (and I'm limited on the number per day).  On Sunday, I started to do the same on Bing.

 

On Saturday I ended up w/ 11,500 pageviews for the day  I was happy w/ that esp given that I didn't have them indexed for most of the day. Yesterday on Sunday, I reached 16,700 pageviews so getting better.

 

Normally on a Sunday, I get 22,000-24,000 pv (and now naturally things are lower due to all the distraction on the world.

 

I've gone over my quota for the day, so I'm going to link to a few articles that can still use some help.

 

I am not sure that this will help, but I'm hoping that Google will pay attention to these sooner. Oh and this one where to find tile that looks like hardwood.

 

Wish me luck.

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Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Very interesting Debbie Gartner . I'm not sure I understand it all but I'm glad you figured it out.

Mar 16, 2020 12:29 PM #1
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, just some bad luck. Wish I had realized the problem a few days sooner.

Mar 16, 2020 01:32 PM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Debbie - while I am sure you wish you had identified the issue sooner you were aware that something was askew and put a plan in place to correct.  Good luck and may the positive results continue.  

Mar 17, 2020 04:58 AM #3
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Thanks Michael Jacobs I just wish I had checked sooner...at least 2 days sooner.  but, at least now, I know this method works.  All 4 posts are now indexed.  I may do a few more today.

Traffic on Monday (which is usually lower than Sunday) was only 13,700.  Part of that is of course is as people have other priorities now.  But, it looks like these are gradually coming back.

Amazon commissions when from $35 to $133 so going in the right direction.

Mar 17, 2020 06:12 AM #4
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Debbie- I'm glad you got it figured out!!!!  And it's a good lesson for us to keep track of our web traffic just in case something like what happened to you...happens. 

Mar 21, 2020 01:04 PM #5
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Kathy Streib
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Mar 21, 2020 06:37 PM #6
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, that is crazy. It is amazing how a little change can help or REALLY hurt your business.

Mar 22, 2020 08:02 AM #7
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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You're a valuable resource for many, Debbie Gartner ... so can't have you "disappear".  Glad you found and resolved the problem ...

Gene

Mar 22, 2020 10:19 AM #8
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Thanks for the heads up, however, I probably wouldn't notice the drop off myself. So glad you mention this so we can remeber to check it regularly.

 

Mar 22, 2020 11:06 AM #9
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
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Good afternoon Debbie Gartner ,

Good for you for recognizing you had an issue and were quick to make the change for positive results! If anyone knows how to make your Google ranking hit pay dirt you do!

Mar 22, 2020 04:10 PM #10
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Bruce Hicks
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Great for you Debbie Gartner .  Now we can review all our websites and update them while we are on lockdown.

Mar 23, 2020 09:30 AM #11
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Debbie:

Sorry you ran up against a problem but glad you figured it out. Good lesson for us to carefully watch our site traffic and fix issues, or get help to do so.

Jeff

Mar 23, 2020 06:16 PM #12
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
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Wow you really pay attention to your website--good for you!  And it sounds like you have an ace tech support person as well.  I'm interested in the grout cleaning article!!!

Mar 25, 2020 12:30 PM #13
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Mary - Apparently, I should have been checking it more careful. But, yes, my tech guy is excellent.

Mar 26, 2020 04:18 AM #14
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