Your site has enjoyed good rankings and lots of visitors for a long time. All of a sudden you visits drop by 60% overnight. The first thing you look at is your analytics. It’s still not clear what the problem is. You check your rankings and you’ve been hammered across the board (and I mean hammered). Penalty? But you haven’t done anything wrong…. to the best of your knowledge.
Well, yesterday the above happened to me. I was making a few changes to try to make WordPress a little lees hungry.
Not sure what happened, I decided to login to Google Webmaster Console. And there was the answer:
It’s incredible just how quickly Google has removed results that may not be useful due to resources not being available. In this case my rankings should return fairly quickely after Google re-crawls my site.
If you haven’t already signed up for Google Webmaster Console I strongly advice you do so – it can save you a tonne of hassle.
PS – thanks to Paul at eirjobs for letting me know about the errors my site was spitting out.