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Not listed for the main keyword anymore, even there's absolutely no competition

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We are the one-and-only website focusing on learning Swiss-German with over 5000 hand-written blog articles on our German website (https://www.schweizerdeutsch-lernen.ch).

Regardless, we do not ever appear on the first 10 Google pages if you google our top keyword "Schweizerdeutsch" (literally: Swiss-German in German).


The only appearing results are crappy, outdated Youtube-videos (from 2009) and a few newspaper articles, covering the topic only slightly. Again, our website has 5000 articles all around learning Swiss-German.

 

I think our page has been (wrongly) penalized for the main keyword, though we never engaged in any unethical behaviour. My conjecture is that we switched from http:// to https:// in January 2017 and maybe that was seen as "copying another website."

Since we put out more than 5000 handwritten articles and there's literally no competition, we should be definitely in the top 10 on Google, yet I am not sure why we're not listed at all. 

 

Summing up: 

Website: https://www.schweizerdeutsch-lernen.ch
Keyword we are not shown for at all: schweizerdeutsch
Keyword we are shown for all across the first page (~5 of 10 listings are ours): schweizerdeutsch lernen

 

Do you have any idea what causes this huge, misleading skew in Google Search Results? It seems either we've been blocked for this very keyword or the search algorithm is severely broken on this aspect (hard to believe the latter ;)).

 

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Not listed for the main keyword anymore, even there's absolutely no competition

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Hi @Michael J

 

this is the GoogleMyBusiness forum and we do not deal or help here about websites and how Google will rank them.

 

Do yo have a GoogleMyBusiness listing?

If so

Please include the following with your question:
1. Full business name
2. Current business address
3. Current telephone number
4. GoogleMaps Link or GoogleSearch link

 

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Helmut Geissler, Google My Business Top Contributor   |  my G+ profile

Re: Not listed for the main keyword anymore, even there's absolutely no competition

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Thank you for your reply and time, I really appreciate that. Is it possible you still have an idea what caused this search ranking error?

 

I have a Business listing

1. Full business name: Schweizerdeutsch Lernen
2. Current business address: 
Birmensdorferstrasse 208
c/o Freytag
8003 Zurich
Switzerland
3. Current telephone number: +41 76 531 71 44
4. GoogleMaps Link or GoogleSearch link: https://business.google.com/b/110433360668420428862/dashboard/l/04064213527068687286?utm_source=MyBu...

Re: Not listed for the main keyword anymore, even there's absolutely no competition

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@Michael J

 

First of all:

 

according your website https://www.schweizerdeutsch-lernen.ch/ it's  a pure online business (to learn "schweizerdeutsch" online).

Such a business is for sure useful  and nice.

But it isn't allowed by their guidelines having  a verified local listing at the address "Birmensdorferstrasse 208, 8003 Zürich, Schweiz" as you don't meet there your customers or students "in person".

This said I have to say bit more:

the listing in question violates several rules of their guidelines.

 

Nevertheless -  trotz aller Verstoesse gegen Googles Regeln finde ich diesen eigentlich unzulaessigen Unternehmenseintrag (verdienterweise aber ziemlich schlecht positioniert) auf Seite vier aller Suchergebnisse fuer die Suchanfrage "Sprachschule in Zürich"::

 

Screenshot 2017-06-05 at 18.16.16.png

 

Schoenen Tag noch

 

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Helmut Geissler, Google My Business Top Contributor   |  my G+ profile

Re: Not listed for the main keyword anymore, even there's absolutely no competition

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Hello Helmut,

thank you for the feedback. We are offering both online and in-person meetings for language teaching. You can buy the in-person meetings only if you bought the online-course to intensify the language experience.

 

You mentioned that you believe it's positioning is not optimal. Do you have ideas for us how we can improve the positioning?

Not listed for the main keyword anymore, even there's absolutely no competition

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on your website there is no word written about courses at the mentioned address.

 

the guidelines I already linked you specify very clear the conditions.

 

A business at a certain address and specifying "24/7 open hours" MUST be able to meet their customers all days / full days.

You are violating their guidelines imo - basta!

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Helmut Geissler, Google My Business Top Contributor   |  my G+ profile

Re: Not listed for the main keyword anymore, even there's absolutely no competition

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Thank you for the pointer. I adjusted it immediately. Most of our meetings are on-demand and available all around the clock, though.