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What's wrong with my website? (ranking)

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Fred., Dec 15, 2014.

  1. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    This doesn't look good...

    Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 20.24.27.png

    Begin 2014 I switched to from vB4 + vBSEO to XenForo, the first months where good.
    On May 12 I switched to SSL and from then I saw I was loosing visitors. My 301 rewrites are working perfect.

    It looks like i'm loosing visitors every month and my website is not ranging so well anymore.
    I was thinking it was because of all these google updates that are happening. But now I think there are more problems.
    Not sure what's going on...
    Can anyone help me or check?
    Any recommendations what I can check to find out what's wrong?

    Thanks :)
  2. Goodfella

    Goodfella Well-Known Member

    Sorry for not being able to help but what is the service called (in your screenshot) that youre using to track this?
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  3. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

  4. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    I used https://ahrefs.com to track the backlinks

    If I read that my website should be able to rank higher now.
  5. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

    Don't follow my lead because you are doing better than my graph.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 1.33.35 PM.png

    Yikes ;)
  6. thedude

    thedude Well-Known Member

    Couple things off the bat.

    Are you properly redirecting your old vb+vbseo URLs to their appropriate new xenforo URLs? Make sure to test... Punch in an URL to a thread in the format it used to be in with vbseo and make sure it 301 redirects to its current xf URL.

    Second, go to a thread on your forum as it is right now, and in the address bar remove the https:// part and hit enter. Does it automatically redirect right back to its https form?
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  7. Goodfella

    Goodfella Well-Known Member

    Thanks will take a look at their service :)
  8. Dan

    Dan Well-Known Member

    I found the exact same situation in my case. Makes no sense.
  9. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    The data from ahrefs isn't going to show you how many visitors you've gained or lost (and is only accurate up to a point since many sites block their bots anyway); it's a backlink / SEO resource.

    To track visitors (so you can tell how slow / busy your site is over time) try Google Analytics. Login with your Google account, add your site details, then input your Google Analytics Web Property ID into your forum admin control panel under: Options > Statistics and Metrics

    Over time you'll be able to see how many visitors you're getting. Using the various reporting options you can see where they are coming from, the sites / domains that referrer them to your site, and the parts of your site that get the most / least visits. Plus lots more besides.
  10. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    All url rewrites are ok. They always have been ok.

    A part of it is probably because the ssl ciphers you are using.
    I checked my site at SSL labs and I have an A rating
    You can check it here https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

    I know. Backlinks is one problem and loosing visitors and the problem that comes after that.
    I also use GA and AWstats. I'm loosing visitors.
  11. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    So what does your GA visitor graph look like for the same period? And have your top referring domains changed over that same period or remained constant?
  12. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    It's stable until august, during august I saw a 1/3 drop an it stayed like that.
  13. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    What's your website address / domain @Fred.? (Assuming you're happy to post it publicly?)

    Also, as part of moving to SSL - did you change domain or the structure of your site at all?
  14. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    <removed at author's request>

    No, I didn't change domain. I was thinking about doing that a long time because i'm still on the .info domain where I started. But I was always scared to switch domain.
    I just 301 redirect the other domain extensions I have to the .info
    I only removed 3 subdomains when I switched to SSL. There where a few banner links on there but nothing else. No other structure changes.

    I just removed a few forums from the forum list and closed them. They are still accessible. Most of the threads are low quality content. I just want to prevent posting of more low quality content.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 22, 2014

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