Recovering Failing SEO Sites with the Kitchen Sink Method

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Around 550 results on google. 354 valid and 900 excluded on search console. <- does this mean quality is low or no? around 700 articles posts total and like 5-10 pages I believe.
The 900 excluded pages don't indicate anything. People panic about that but it tends to mean that Google is working the way it should and only showing canonical pages.

That you have such a broad discrepancy between 550 results on a site: search, 354 listed as valid in the Coverage Report, and 700 total posts tells me somethings really off with your content.

You mentioned in another thread that you didn't really format, set headers, add images, interlink, or whatever. I'd say that's part of your issue if we're talking about the same site.

Based on those numbers it also seems like you may have a bunch of random categories or tags. Is this the case? If so, I'd consolidate the categories some, and either get rid of all the tags or at least set the tag pages to noindex. That's what I'd do. Others around the net may tell you different, but I'm all about not diluting my page rank to worthless pages and bloating my indexation which reduces my sitewide quality score.

I have my article written date area removed so they don't know how old my article is. So, my articles can last longer.
Removing it from the user-facing part of the screen is only a part of the battle. If you're using a CMS like Wordpress and/or using plugins like Yoast then your date is likely still in the <head>. Not showing a date is an unequivocally bad thing for users. You're better off not showing the published date but showing the updated date, and updating that date so it's never super old.

Also, pretty much every page I have is a "money page" aka review.
Read this quote below from the opening post of this guide about this subject:

2) Google Fred: BoFu & Above-the-Fold
[...] Also, if your site is one of these Top10BestProductReviews.org sites that only works the bottom of the funnel, RIP. I doubt you'll recover. Do not publish only "money pages". You need more top of the funnel (ToFu) and middle of the funnel (MoFu) content than bottom of the funnel (BoFu). Or you're a spammer in Google's eyes. Yes, some sites survive, so what. 99% of them did not.
Google dropped an update called Fred that took care of this. People always argue with me about this point because there's survivorship bias. "But top15reviews.info didn't get hit" Yeah but everyone else did, and that stupid site will get hit in the next update. There's always a few survivors or sites that were new enough to slip through the cracks. Then they get kilt in the next update.

Also, for future sites, is it bad if I have affiliate links in info articles/supporting articles? I mean you can sell hard in info articles, but does that affect rankings?? Cus now it would be considered a money page right?
No, it's fine. I make more money from affiliate links in info articles than I do in reviews these days. And they still rank fine. I wouldn't hard sell in info articles because that goes against the intent of the search queries. Just mention the product if it's a good fit or helpful solution. You don't need to hard sell it at length, though. THAT can hurt your rankings for the very reason you stated: Google won't know if it's an info page that serves the intent of the query or if it's a bait and switch money page (which they created an algorithm update for maybe a decade ago).

Also, I didn't know about topical authority so, this site is on internet marketing basically. Extremely general stuff. From Affiliate Marketing, Dropshipping, Amazon FBA, Courses, WordPress Plugins, Webhosting, Funnel Creation Softwares, Make Money In X ways type of articles. Is this site like a complete waste or is it salvageable?
I'd say that's perfectly fine and a great way to form topical authority in that vertical. It's not a waste. It's kind of like gaining topical authority for Sports by talking about soccer, baseball, football, etc.

In my experience, you gain topical authority by including articles on a topic, not by excluding articles on other topics. You see the subtle difference there? Just because you DON'T talk about baseball doesn't mean you're suddenly more authoritative about golf. You have to talk about golf a lot, even if you talk about baseball.

Also, what do you recommend for say this site I have like over 120 affiliate links.
But, some are broken because I haven't gotten approved or someshit happened.
So should I bother sending them to the landing page even though the affiliates haven't approved me?
You're better served to not have broken links on your site, period. Your best move is to remove broken links. Your next best move is to make sure they're all nofollow regardless. You could send traffic to the landing page if it's not broken, if you're into giving them free sales. It's not hurting you and might be better than deleting the content if you can't get approved. Quality content is quality content and is good to have, even if you can't monetize it the way you intended.
 
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I don't use any tags on any of my sites. Also, have no idea what breadcrumbs are. I yesterday switched to rankmath. You also said it's not a complete waste meaning it's salvageable so long as I write more supporting articles? The problem with this is to add the supporting articles to 700 articles, would that mean I need to add 700 or more articles pointing to each right? Also, most of the articles are review type so I would need 700 more articles right??

"You mentioned in another thread that you didn't really format, set headers, add images, interlink, or whatever. I'd say that's part of your issue if we're talking about the same site."

Yes, if I fix this you think I can recover without adding any more new articles?? If I improve each one and do some proper interlinking.

I didn't know that if you did topic clusters, it's easier to interlink them and it makes sense to interlink and this way you can build backlinks off only few supporting pages so the link juice flows on all. But, with 700 which aren't in tight clusters that's not possible.

Also, you think there is a plugin that updates each blog post's date every month or so?

How would I know if my backlink profile isn't one to blame? Like I had bought web 2.0s and some other stuff and I also disvowed some links so I bought a package from a guy from legiit and he finds the spammy ones and you disvow them. That only hurt my rankings more.

Also I read these 3 errors do you know how to fix them?
-> /wp-content/plugins/social-warfare/assets/fonts/sw-icon-font.woff?ver=4.1.0 net::ERR_ABORTED 404
-> /wp-content/plugins/shortcodes-ultimate/includes/fonts/fork-awesome/forkawesome-webfont.woff2?v=1.0.11 net::ERR_ABORTED 404
-> mywebsite com/detroitchicago/cmbdv2.js?gcb=195-0&cb=03-5y0c-5y18-4&cmbcb=20&sj=x03x0cx18&abt=UseStandaloneForAll net::ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT

I don't even use social warfare anymore. I tried installing and uninstalling shortcodes ultimate. and that last one i don't even get.
 

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"You mentioned in another thread that you didn't really format, set headers, add images, interlink, or whatever. I'd say that's part of your issue if we're talking about the same site."

Yes, if I fix this you think I can recover without adding any more new articles?? If I improve each one and do some proper interlinking.
I don't know if you'll recover from doing this. But without doing this, there's zero point in you asking any other questions or doing any other work on the site. If you aren't going to do the very basics, you're wasting your time, Google's time, any website user's time, and BuSo user's time. You don't need to worry about advanced topics until the basics are covered.
 
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I don't know if you'll recover from doing this. But without doing this, there's zero point in you asking any other questions or doing any other work on the site. If you aren't going to do the very basics, you're wasting your time, Google's time, any website user's time, and BuSo user's time. You don't need to worry about advanced topics until the basics are covered.
I only ask to see if it's better to work on my other sites or recover this that's all.
 

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I only ask to see if it's better to work on my other sites or recover this that's all.

Give this site a fair shake first before you reach for any conclusions. I think that's kind of the point. What you're asking cannot be known until you've done what must be done.
 
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I don't know if you'll recover from doing this. But without doing this, there's zero point in you asking any other questions or doing any other work on the site. If you aren't going to do the very basics, you're wasting your time, Google's time, any website user's time, and BuSo user's time. You don't need to worry about advanced topics until the basics are covered.
Okay. so basically I am looking over at some of my articles, some aren't that bad, I just realized for some of the pages I have:
nerd wallet, g2. and all these MASSIVE sites ranking. Should I get rid of these articles? There's no way I am gonna be ranking since I won't be adding supporting articles to increase relevancy.
 

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There's no way I am gonna be ranking since I won't be adding supporting articles to increase relevancy.

"How long is a piece of string?"

You seem to ignore all the obvious advice telling you that you need to change your attitude and mindset first, rather you turn around and ask questions that are deflections.

You have so much fear and negativity, couple that with laziness and lack of work ethic, I am not sure how you even manage to get yourself out of bed let alone try to compete in this world for what you want.

If this is the generation coming up, they're already dead. You want a guarantee that if you do X, lazily, you'll succeed. The only guarantee is death, that it. You can put in 10 years of work and fail, that's life.

So either get to work or don't, no one give a fuck. You getting money or not will not impact any of us.

You're just a number to the world and right now you stand at 0. Take action or don't, everything else is procrastination based out of fear.
 

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  1. Indexation Quality - Look for big problems like blank pages being indexed, security issues with auto-generated spam pages, search query pages being indexed, and extremely low quality content being published.
  2. Link Problems - Accumulating, without your awareness, crap like PBN links, automated web 2.0 PBN links, bad neighborhood links, etc. Also over-optimized anchor text profiles.
  3. Page Speed - I'd improve this as much as is reasonably possible. It can act as a ceiling on your potential rankings, because Google doesn't want to send their users to sites with bad user experience.
welp it worked.
Did a little bit of number 1 and a ton of number 3 and fixed some issues relating to word filtering. Never did anything to disavow links.
Climbing like crazy and starting to get a very nice flow of clicks from money keywords.
Never had this much response to promotion / 301s before.

Starting to think page speed optimization and paying attention to what you're indexing for is a holy grail money making process if you have an existing traffic base.

Looking at your big list again and trying to pick a couple more items to try.
 
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4) Indexation Bloat & Quality
Do a site:yourdomain.com search on Google and note the total indexed pages there. Look in Search Console's index reports and check the total there. Do they match with your number of published posts and pages? If they're low, you have a quality problem and Google doesn't want to waste resources on your crap. If it's high, then you have a bigger problem which is also dragging down your Panda quality score. Find it and fix it. I go as far as to noindex paged archive pages that are paginated, like /category/page-2/ but always allow the first page to be indexed. Always keep them all dofollow, because the page rank will still flow.
I tried the site:yoursite.com on google and a bunch of Page 12 of 15 - Site title is showing up. Is that what you mean by archived pages that are paginated?
 
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@Ryuzaki I've been awfully quiet lately with my head down still cranking on my kitchen sink method site. Figured I'd share another update here. While I don't make a TON of money here, if this were a high-paying niche I'd be doing a lot better. That said, I'm super happy with it and glad as heck that I listened to Ryuzaki with this site. It works if you work it.

What are my next steps here? Simple:

1. I post an update daily (at least one).
2. I continue to optimize posts/pages.
3. I keep looking for new monetization methods.
4. Repeat the process.

My goal is to hit 1,000 posts on this.

Unfortunately, this site will not be able to hit a ton of money a month or retirement exciting level like that, but with consistency, it could be something decent.

Thank you again Ryuzaki!

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