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My site disappeared from Google results...(Please help!)

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by dimkalou, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. #1
    Hello there,

    i'm running the business site https://episkeyh-oikiakon-syskeyon.com/ (country targeted) for years now and was going quite good with many keywords on first results in Google, until recently...a month ago the performance and hits started to drop dramatically and today they have fallen to zero.

    Thinking back the only change i've made the last period after yoast's plugin recommendation, is that i changed the permalinks from https://episkeyh-oikiakon-syskeyon.com/ p=123 to https://episkeyh-oikiakon-syskeyon.com/%category%/%postname%/.

    Also, when i'm trying to inspect any URL inside Google Search Console i get the message that "The URL is available on Google, but has issues".
    SEMrush
    Is this change capable of causing this problem and how can restore my site?

    Many thanks!
     
    dimkalou, Jan 15, 2020 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Oso Optimized

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    #2
    Did you do 301 redirects when you changed the URLs?
     
    Oso Optimized, Jan 15, 2020 IP
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  3. JEET

    JEET Notable Member

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    You need to REDIRECT old URL to new URL, otherwise you will lose all your rankings.
    You can do this with htaccess.
    Something like this might work:

    RewriteRule ^/(.+/(.+))$ index.php?cat=$1&p=$2 [L]
     
    JEET, Jan 15, 2020 IP
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    Google automatically removes the 404 URLs. Your old URLs are now 404 and hence removed from SERPs. You should have redirected the URLs from the old to new permalinks.
     
    Brosskart, Jan 16, 2020 IP