Resize Equals Google Penalty?
I changed a link on a blog post yesterday and Google dropped it 50-odd places in the search rankings for its primary keyword. On one hand, it isn’t that big of deal, on the other hand, what if I changed all my pages, say for a resize?
A different site of mine, my freelance writing website is looking a little dated. When I started the business back in 2008, it made sense to go with the 800 px width, because that was considered the “safe” width that “everyone” had. Fluid layouts were still sort of sketchy because IE couldn’t support standards well and you never knew how it would end up looking
Now, I’m sure 1024, is more than safe and fluid layouts are generally fine if done well.
But, after my experience with Google hammering a webpage’s ranking because of a small change, I’m worried about changing my business website. It’s not like it ranks 1st for freelance writing or even freelance writer Colorado or freelance writer Denver (maybe that will help :) but it does alright for businesses and others who are actually looking to hire someone like me.
I guess my plan is to change when I take vacation in the summer and then hope it recovers during the few weeks I’m gone.
Anyone else go through this?
Am I just be paranoid?