Sometimes the effort we make to position a website is fruitless, and the client and the SEO wonder why.
A full penalization is obvious: the website disappears from the search engine under every keyword, even under its own domain name. It won’t have a Google PageRank, not even zero. And it is common for a domain banned from Google to rank perfectly well in Yahoo and the other search engines, more lenient penalizers.
Nevertheless, partial penalization is hard to detect. The website has a worst ranking than it should, and there is no way to know why or for how long.
A good website and link strategy analysis can suggest some of the exclusion reasons, and the measures to be taken. However, even after asking and begging the search engine for forgiveness, a response could take months. The best thing to do is to rapidly create a new site with similar content.
To be sure the best is to run the Penalization Test. It involves selecting a group of uncommon keywords, or even made-up ones. For example, the Antolineck family. Its members are Gualter Antolineck. Serap Antolineck, Rupert Antolineck, Torib Antolineck and Egbert Antolineck. The name and last name of each brother must appear in the URL and in the Title, and once in the page body under the H1 header.
We create one page for each brother, hosted in each tested domain. We also create a sitemap in an independent well ranked domain pointing to each brother. Something like: “The Antolineck family is composed by (Gualter link), (Serap link), (Rupert link), (Egbert link), (Torib link).”
That’s it. After a couple of weeks we will see the results. We will search Google for every brother, and register the rankings. And if we search for Antolineck, every indexed page will appear, ordered by the real positioning value of each domain. This value is not necessarily the same that Google’s PageRank.
For this example I used a made-up last name, completely absent in search engines, for clearer results. However, the test can be performed under less common but existent words, say 1000 results. In this way the search is more natural and detects the -30 or -100 penalizations (descending 30 or 100 results in any search).
Are the domains penalized? We will soon see. Will the domains be penalized because of a test? There is no breaking of the S.E. rules here.
I plan to repeat the test periodically with my own and my client’s domains, because if a penalization occurs I need to instantly be aware of it and fix whatever it is that I did wrong. The test is also open to individual SEO webmasters who want to share the data.
Ask a SEO-focused webmaster to position your site. Webmasters today are quite specialized, and the guy that designs, programs, writes and hosts, does not necessarily get you a good ranking…