I'm just going to post some suggestions off the top of my head, and I hope others will chime in with any ideas they might have.
1. Comments. A while back (Jan 21st) Google posted on their official blog that they had developed a new page classifier. Here's the link to it:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/ … -spam.html
And here's the interesting bits that they said:
"we recently launched a redesigned document-level classifier that makes it harder for spammy on-page content to rank highly"
"The new classifier is better at detecting spam on individual web pages, e.g., repeated spammy words—the sort of phrases you tend to see in junky, automated, self-promoting blog comments"
Now we have lots of people who have seen drops in traffic are protesting that their pages are really well-written, well-researched stuff.
But what about the comments on the page? They count as text to the Googlebot, and if they have poor grammar, poor spelling, abbreviations, txt-speak and the sort of "nothing" type comments that bots usually write like "nice blog" etc, then your page may have been marked down. "Nice blog" is not a sentence, it's a phrase.
>>>>>So one thing to try is to go through your hubs and remove any comments that are not a complete sentence, and then ping the hub to get it re-crawled. Given the time it takes for G to recalculate, if this works it should show up in traffic stats in about 7 days time.
2. Given the "document classifier" thing, it might be worth beefing up the content on the hubs themselves, just so they appear more advanced to the bot. I'm guilty of pretty short descriptions on my product hubs, so this is something I'll be looking at.
3. Incoming links. If you have been using Ezine articles and similar sites to backlink hubs, and those articles have been zapped, your hub could have simply dropped because the link went. So perhaps get new links from places like a free wordpres blog with no ads, nicely made profiles and so on.
I hope others will chime in with ideas. I just thought it would be more productive to chat about solutions than to post and re-post all the scary stuff the link-baiting SEO blogs are puting out.
While I appreciate your philosophy and sentiment, I have to ask, is this proactive or premature?
A lot of veteran hubbers have offered comments on where to go from here on many of the numerous forum threads on this topic. One prevalent piece of advice seems to be diversify your portfolio, particularly with your own websites. The other prevalent comment is wait it out, and see what the new “equilibrium” will be. Some suggest this may be a couple weeks, others like Nelle and PC suggest it may be a couple months.
While I am just as impatient as the next hubber, and would like to see the crystal ball on this, I think the reality is we all have to wait and see. Seems to me that those that begin making changes now are shooting in the dark, and may regret their early “proactive” actions.
Is there anyone who can confirm or refute the above hypothesis about comments?
There is no way this is the final version of the algorithm. No way. I say that with absolute certainty.
So... don't make really massive changes at least until the algorithm is rolled out to other countries.
My traffic has already just about recovered with no action. A mere blip in the three and a half years I have been here
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