Did you migrate an existing community or is this a new site? Ive noticed Google like to gives new sites good listings.. Although not usually the first spot,.. My forum went from #2 to about #5 on Google's first page using generic search terms.. But the software speaks for its self and new visits are climbing daily.. Odd but going from 2 to 5 hasnt hurt any, if anything im getting more traffic then ever.
Not at all.. I knew the software could and would speak for itself.. The drop in google was all on me.. I was lazy and didnt bother with any redirects so i had to wait for google to re index my site.. But on the bright side it only took a month to get back on track.. Unfortunately im still stuck as the fifth result searching Doberman Forum. But my traffic is better then ever in three years.. No complaints..
edit: interesting part of this is i used to have a CMS, blogs Albums, chatroom, vBseo, etc, etc.. loosing those didnt hurt me in the least. the ease of uploading images in posts has made the need for albums obsolete. the only thing my members really want back is their chatroom..
Thanks for the heads up. I didnt do that years ago (redirects) when I went from phpbb to vB... so Im definitely going to do it this time around for my main site (#1 on google for over 10 years) so Im not losing that rank. lol
I had a feeling that was where you were coming from. Im prepared to give the info to mike or kier, keywords and they can confirm for you my claim. Is that enough for you? If so, have them contact me and I'll do that for you.
What I am surprised to see is that my site(uber small 18 members...)
if you search the term
"Programmer's Castle" my site is listed #1(it is not even all about programming roflcopter http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Programmer's+Castle