Google search engine question.

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I am not a web master but a photographer. If this is the wrong forum for this question please direct me to the correct forum. To a non-web-master person even the forum categories look Greek (lol).
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Ok here is the question. I feel that google is penalizing my page rank and I want to find out how or why so I can inform my webmaster as to what we should correct.
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We managed to make it to page one of google with my keywords "fashion photographer". In other words if I enter in Google search " Fashion photographer" my site is on page one ( yea!) The page-one ranking stays for a few days then gets bounced back to page 10. Obviously I want to try and keep the page-one ranking as most people do not surf as far back as page 10 of their search.
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At first I thought it was simply because there are millions of sites with those key words, but this same exact pattern has repeated over 30 times. Again the pattern is "page one for a few days, then bounce back to page ten"
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It can not be a coincidence. How do I find out how I am being penalized ?
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Ok thanks in advance..
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http://www.richardwarrenphotos.com/
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A few questions...

Is the site relatively new?
Do links into the site change ?
How often do they change?

Is all text visible on all your webpages?

Does your website link to unrelated websites?

Just a few questions, without checking your website but something that you would / should also ask and confirm from the webmaster.

My site also appeared on the first page of google results for a couple of terms, but quickly disappeared, I do not know why and I have not used any bad methods to try and gain links ... I am hoping it is just that my site is relatively new, and that I am not suffering some sort of google penalty for something that is beyond my control.

Ideally, if using google sitemaps for submitting the sitemap to google, your webmaster should receive a notice if there is any penalty ( although not everyone will receive notification, I believe that is googles aim to try and help legitimate sites combat spam sites by offering some loose feedback via the sitemaps).
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First of all thanks for taking the time to respond. I really appreciate it.
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I had a flash site and felt it was not helping my ranking so I put the flash site on a new URL (not using my name on the URL of the flash site) and made the main site all html. The html site is about 5 months old but it does show up on page one so google is seeing it.
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I do not know that much about it and my web guy knows less. My first thought was that I am being penalized because of the flash site. However the title , bio, photos are all different on the flash site so it is in no way a duplicate. So yes the site in question is relatively new.
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You wrote: Do links into the site change ?
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RW writes:. Not sure what you mean but I have about 60 links on related sites linking back and about once a month there is a "pass-around" new link.
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You wrote: Is all text visible on all your webpages?
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RW Writes. Yes

Does your website link to unrelated websites? No.

RW Writes. : I do not have a site map and I do not understand Google Sitemaps program. Is there a link or forum where I could read more about how this works ? Maybe this would help.
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Many thanks
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It's probably best to checkout the Google sitemaps page to learn more about their program. That's what I did.
https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitem ... view&hl=en

Basically, your webmaster has to create an XML document and submit it to google. There are programs out there that can crawl and create the sitemaps for you which is really nice. The program I use is GSITE crawler. It creates XML and HTML sitemaps and I use both in my sites. Their site is http://gsitecrawler.com/. I would also create an HTML sitempa for your HTML site so the crawlers can find every page easier.

I noticed that your HTML site is a different domain name. How long has the HTLM site been live. If it is relatively new (under a year old) then it is probably in the google sandbox. That would explain the ups and downs of your ranking.
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Yes the html site is less than a year old. Thanks for all the help. I am going to use your suggestions..
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You could be seeing different data centers. Google has a few different sets of results. Each time you search a different data center could be returning the results. Right now I see you in the top 10 on every data center. Check here:
http://www.mcdar.net/dance/index.php
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I went to the page you mentioned . Which tool gave you the information about top ten in different centers..? Anyway good news about the ranking
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Its improved since I started this post. I suspect when google updates I will be in good shape..
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When the page from the link above loads just put you search term in the search box and choose one of the radio buttons to the right of the search box.

That page is the tool. Change the radio button choice to see different datacenters results.
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I just looked at the datacenter thing - seems ok and may be useful for some people.

For sitemaps, yes it is much better to have one generated and then it is quite simple to implement on google.

I also noticed today that sitemaps has changed a bit, as it is still in development so hopefully it does become a more useful tool to help legitimate webmasters combat spam sites and such like.

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