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Tips for Recovering from Google Page Rank Drop

Darren Rowse of fame has dealt with Google Page Rank increases, and decreases numerous times, and he has now compiled all his thoughts on the loss of Page Rank into a nice article with some important tips.

1. Don’t Panic
2. Wait
3. Analyze/Research
4. Improve Your Site
5. Diversify
6. Contact Google?
7. Reevaluate

With much more detail, Darren, holds your hand and lets you know that everything will be okay if you just keep working hard. He also gives a great bit of detail on his own drops at the start of the article, which I think is the most calming.

Firstly – I feel your pain
Suffering a major fall in traffic as a result of Google changing their ranking algorithm is not a pleasant thing and when you dig around a little you’ll find that most experienced webmasters have experienced it at one time or another. The first time it happened to me my traffic (and income) plummeted to a third of what it was in December of 2004. It hit me hard and almost knocked me out of blogging for money.

The second major hit that I’ve taken happened earlier this month when within the space of a couple of hours the traffic (and income) on my biggest blogs went to one tenth of normal levels and my blogs completely disappeared from Google’s index. Once again it was a fairly frightening experience (although I’d learnt a lot from last time it happened and have diversified my income quite a bit since).

Anyone that can survive having their major sources of income drop to next to nothing and not blow a gasket with Google, deserves a little extra attention when they write an article like this. While his post doesn’t say anything revolutionary, it is a great reminder, and Darren approaches it with his fatherly tone making everything seem all better.

This is one to hold onto when we experience the next major update sometime in January or February.

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  1. Richard says: 11/29/2006

    I’ve been there too. It’s really quite the ride. Mind you, that list isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when *it* hits the fan. ;)


  2. TDH says: 11/30/2006

    Personally, I can’t wait for the next update, but that’s because I have recently launched sites under my belt. :) It’s a great post and good advice, really. I picked it up for The Blog Herald as well. Then again, what would you expect from Darren, other than great advice?

    Shameless plug: the latest interview over at Bloggertalks is with Darren Rowse, and he has a few interesting things to say indeed.


  3. G Law says: 10/27/2007

    I am still wondering if page rank have anything to do with rank position. I have dropped from pagerank 3 to 2 and my rank position varies week to week.


  4. Dr.Savitha Suri says: 12/7/2007

    My page rank has dropped from 5 to 0. I am trying to recover from shock. Very nice blog. Trying to gather up courage to face the situation


  5. Nodas says: 1/12/2008 dropped to 4 from 6. Last year achieved 7 for a long period… :-(


  6. Oora says: 1/15/2008

    Mine also drop from PR 4 to 0. It’s pain.
    Now i’m trying to recovered it.


  7. Shirley Banks says: 1/27/2008

    Google dropped me too. I run a business doing math homework online and it was doing well untill google reduced our website’s page rank. :(


  8. Jamie says: 2/2/2008

    My site has dropped from occasional 5, many 4s to 0.
    Only happened within the last week too I think.

    I noticed that I seem to have lost a couple of thousand links in Yahoo! –
    will this have any effect in Google’s PR?

    Damn, thought the site was on the up too….


  9. Balisugar says: 5/20/2008

    My page rank dropped this morning. From 4 to 2 But I didn’t know why…:sad:


  10. TheBeast says: 7/27/2008

    i just dropped from a 4 to a 3 :( on my beastie site, perhaps its also something to do with links from other sites/blogs getting cast aside as they grow old?


  11. TotalVac ) says: 4/2/2009

    We just dropped from a 4 to a 3, but do not know why?


  12. Eve Saraswati says: 5/24/2009

    Does anybody know how we can recover this problem?


  13. Nouman says: 5/29/2009

    Its really painful as my website rank also dropped from 5-4 and i am still trying to find out why this is happened to sites?


  14. ide says: 7/31/2009

    Thanks for your information. My page rank drop from 3 to 0. I am very sad. But i must to keep hard works to recover my pagerank.


  15. Dan says: 8/28/2009

    Yeah, my website was listed on the top of the second page and I was getting alot of traffic. Then suddenly the next month I’m ranked at 400. I’m trying to figure it out.


  16. saj says: 9/13/2009

    The story is the same here, we were appearing on the first page at one 1 of google under generic search terms, however but now we have suddenly dropped to page 5, a big jump i guess, whatever search term we now try to search on google we will apear on page 5,, realy not sure what has happened here, any comments welcome.


  17. Thuey says: 10/13/2009

    If you ask me it’s all a joke. It seems like there’s really no rhyme or reason my site goes up and down.


  18. Bob ) says: 2/23/2011

    How do I increase my page rank.


  19. Saad ) says: 6/28/2011

    This happened to me today…and i’m really confused!


  20. poonsarel ) says: 9/17/2011

    Thanks for your useful tips. my page rank drop from 4 to 0. I connect some social book marks and pings


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    thanks for share!


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