We all know the latest Google change has gone after the content farms. However I am also hearing about many simple websites getting hit by it also.
My tourist site just got smacked yesterday; my popular articles are nowhere to be seen.
That is puzzling to me as I do everything right with that site. No duplicate content, no bad links, good articles and so on.
I do have links going to it from Hubpages but that should not matter. I think after it's all over my site will raise up again.
Has anyone else got a website that seems to have been smacked by the latest Google changes?
Nobody huh? Alrighty then, chances are my site will bounce back up once everything is done and set. Just disappointing to see when your doing everything right and correct on your site.
I have plenty of people complaining that their websites have been smacked, with some stating that eHow have jumped above them
Ultimately, we just have to wait and see I would like to see a huge PageRank update occur to reflect the changes in link values, that will give everybody a picture of what has happened.
Glad to hear it's not just me. I see many new sites ranking above mine I never saw before. Seems like they really did a job pushing up ones that never ranked well.
Oddly however it's just that ONE site of mine taking a dive. All my others, over 2 dozen, are ranking about the same.
I actually severed all ties between Hubpages and my own sites over the weekend. It was just the prudent thing to do. There probably a few links on hubs that I can't remember, but as I find them, they're gone.
You've made a lot of changes in a short time. That can cause issues for a short time. And we really don't know what G is thinking these days.
Some of my sites are up - some down. But that's typical.
Surely a link cannot have a negative effect though?
It can have very low value, but never less than zero value?
I doubt that cutting off the ties right now is a necessary move, you should've waited more time for things to settle down. I've had plenty of links go from hubpages to my bakugan site, and now my bakugan site rose absolutely above HP under same keywords, basically zero negative impact from HP at this time. My gift idea site also performs no worse at all than before, what's even better is the keyword "gift ideas" found my site on 2nd page now instead of on 4th or 5th like it once was, and I've had quite a few links going here as well. So I don't think the ties between HP and your personal sites present any troubles at all, in fact, it still helps, so why cut them?
Oh I think it can. IF G now considers HP a bad neighborhood (i.e., content farm), I don't want the links. I want to contain the damage every way I can.
Hey they can always go back.
Yeah I was thinking about how that is the only site where I just changed my theme. That theme should actually have better SEO.
However I can see how Google could kick it back a bit because of the changes. I noticed some of my results now show the breadcrumb feature.
In other words, in the past of you wanted to rank for "mardi gras parade" It would show how it found the words in your title.
But now I see the words in "home>category>universal-studios>mardi gras parade.
I have a question Bill, maybe you or someone here can answer.
I sometimes see sites with the name of a specific product as their address, like: sonyplaystation.com (just an example).
When looking at these sites, they generally have direct links to amazon. Are these legitimate sites? Or are they mirror sites? I'm not talking about the company brand sites.
oops, had to delete www.
Hi Rebekah, beautiful day in Florida today huh! In general, those sites are affiliate sites someone made for the sole purpose of capitalizing on a brand or product.
So they are legitimate sites, but often small with links to a sponsor, as you said. To be honest I'm thinking of making a few sites like that myself.
Like, you could get the name "besthoovervacuums.com" and fill it up with sponsor links to Hoover brand vacuums. Yes they can rank very well.
However they are not high quality content, of course. But they still rank well.
Yes, it is beautiful here today! I got slammed yesterday with the tree pollen! Allergy season is here..
I wondered about these sites because sometimes they look like low quality, sleazy sites and I don't think, as a consumer, I would buy from one because I would wonder about quality or fake goods, etc.
There is one ahead of one of my hubs now, and I used to rank higher, directly under the company brand site. I want to run him off that page!
I use to think that the domain name does not matter. Theoretically, you can have the name "bigdumbsite.com" and as long as you fill it with quality content about your subject you will rank well.
BUT, I have seen that is not the case. If you buy a crappy but keyword correct domain name, at least for a while you will rank high just because of the name.
That should not matter but it does. I have proven this with a few sites I already have. As for that site your talking about, if it is not that great then in time it should fall back.
Well I'm happy to say it looks like my site is going back up in rank. I'm starting to find my articles that seemed lost a few days ago.
I guess the new theme made G confused a bit, although normally themes don't. However this one really changes the content on your home page a lot.
No, but RPM is still not great. Traffic is unaffected, and the SERP I checked is holding up well, but Adsense is low. Not clicks, but RPM.
I had hoped that it was just end of month budgets running out - and it may still be because there is plenty of day ahead - but right now, I'm a teeny bit concerned.
Bill I'm glad your Orlando site is popping back. I'm shocked at how fast my Cape Cod posts are being indexed, within 10 minutes. I do think G loves this theme. I've also started getting adsense clicks with it, so I'm a happy camper. Not bad for a week old site.
Glad to hear it's moving fast. I got fast indexing and clicks with my electronics site I just made I used the theme on. I am convinced now my slide was just due to my old content coming out different on the new theme.
Monday's earning was quite amazing and it has continued
My own 'content farm' is jumping up 30000 Alexa rankings per day.
Although I will soon be switching to 'contributor' status with a minimum post of 400 words.
This is typical of the shite google is allowing on the front page because it uses the keywords in its title
It is spun rubbish, completely nonsensical, and it is at #4.
Yup, I'm afraid that is true and it's pretty easy to rank high just by having the keywords in your domain, at least at first.
I plan to make many small niche sites myself, but I intend to make them a nice little site with good information in them.
It's almost as fast to make a small quality site with useful info as it is to make a crappy one!
According to what I have read answers.yahoo.com has seen an increase in traffic, and that has to be one of the worst sites I have ever had the misfortune to visit. The information on it is utter utter shite. and then some. Also a number of Demand Media sites are unaffected (hmmm), yet quality sites have been majorly hit. I'm sure it will settle, but in the meantime there has been some serious collateral damage, and from what I can see, it hasn't been particularly effective at weeding out all the crap. Its still there, and spun articles continue to rank well. How hard can it be to tell if an article is 50%/75% spun and penalise it. I can tell for god sake!
rant rant rant
you're right, it's dropped quite a bit. I guess all of this is going to take some time, patience, patience. Things are going to go up and down.
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