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Major Google Update (April 24th)

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2012, 09:42:11 PM »
Thanks for the post, and it totally coincides with what I've been seeing too.  For example, I've seen this website ranked on Page 1 of Google for a couple months now and it's been driving me absolutely nuts (this was even before 3 of my legitimate LLC-registered business sites took major hits recently).  Here's the copied search result, and note the meta description - LOL. 

It ranks#7 on Page 1 for "Mobile Marketing" with only "About 1,100,000,000 results"

Harper Design
www (dot) harperdesign (dot) com/
Index of /. Icon Name Last modified Size Description ยท Powered by Apache2Triad.

I'm not seeing that one when I search for "Mobile Marketing" (not even on StartPage.com which removes all of the personalization).

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2012, 09:49:11 PM »
Hey Jon,

This is an interesting subject. Searching on Google for the same search term gives me different results to yours and the blank site you mentioned does not show up on page 1 here. However, I did click on another one of the results on page 1 - took me to a generic search page because the target page could not be found - it does not even exist any longer!

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2012, 09:50:26 PM »
I've totally disappeared on my major (one word) keyword. Page one position 5yesterday. Just now, I stopped looking once I got to page 12.

This was the only thing making me any money. (Yeah, I know, diversify).

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2012, 09:50:59 PM »
Here you can see the screenshot showing it in my results (and I have not clicked on it).  But I don't see it when searching on StartPage, so not sure the issue.

http:// awesomescreenshot (dot) com/07548h6fb

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2012, 09:52:57 PM »
http:// awesomescreenshot (dot) com/07548h6fb


Ah, it's a site that's local to you. Google is localizing your results to Denver, CO. That's why Harper is showing up.

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2012, 09:53:11 PM »
As i read MC post, isn't the algorithm update will be applied in the next few days? Isn't this too soon to make a judgement?

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2012, 09:55:46 PM »
As i read MC post, isn't the algorithm update will be applied in the next few days? Isn't this too soon to make a judgement?


That's what the page says, but Matt Cutts says it's already out. Check his Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/#!/mattcutts

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Google just pushed an algorithmic ranking change: http://goo.gl/At3SB Coverage at Search Engine Land: http://goo.gl/TISZ1

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2012, 09:57:49 PM »
That makes sense...  But it still makes me wonder why this site is Page 1 of Google for "Mobile Marketing" even if localized to Denver (or anywhere for that matter).  It just demonstrates how poor a job Google is actually doing.

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2012, 09:59:28 PM »
For me it looks like sites that have been using blog commenting a lot have got a huge bump out. So now you can probably bomb out your competition by making blog commenting with their links :-)

Sites of mine where I have been using article writing and spinning, web 2.0 properties pretty much stays the same.


Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2012, 10:00:22 PM »
Does anyone know of a tool that can tell me if a site I am getting a link from is in a bad neighborhood?

Does anyone know of a keyword density tool?

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2012, 10:03:40 PM »
I've had a page in my site staying on 16 forever then it jumped to number 1 in the credit repair industry with over 22 million results. According to Traffic Travis, which was spot on with my other pages I was monitoring, it was adamant that this page was still 16. I kept going back and it was jumping from 1 to 16 (the Google dance before my eyes). This continued for a day starting 3 days ago. Then it settled on 12. Yesterday, it rose to 5 which Traffic Travis later confirmed. It has stayed there ever since. My other pages have climbed with another 2 plus a video now on page 1 for their respective keywords from 15-27 million results. The funny thing is that the site is a simple Adsense site with good original content and good optimization without going overboard. The pages that are doing extremely well all of a sudden are ones I put up 2 weeks ago but it was the first time I CURATED my pages. I also have videos and images on all pages.

It seems they were scratching their heads with that page of mine until they made up their mind. Perhaps their bots were going through this major upgrade, it appears so.

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2012, 10:04:47 PM »
I've seen drops today across nearly all my sites (40+). Main source of links has been 1WL + small proportion of manual link acquisition. My bet is that they're doing some related-phrase analysis, which would flag spun pages (such as 1WL). A few sites have held their positions, mainly ones that were using 1WL very lightly. This may change however, as the update rolls out.

Interesting times.

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #27 on: April 24, 2012, 10:04:54 PM »
Here's another doozy in the search results:

Keywords: "cheap purses"

Three of the results on page one:

http://www.peopleofcolororganize.com/analysis/transcript-shira-tarrant/

Circa 1994 garbage doorway page.

http://www.polymathpark.com/index.php?option=com_jomres&Itemid=33

Shows a list of houses for rent (say what?)

http://www.joehenrylovesyoumadly.com/discography/shuffletown/

Discography for an album called "Shuffletown".

Wow. Really lousy stuff here.


Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2012, 10:05:36 PM »
For me it looks like sites that have been using blog commenting a lot have got a huge bump out. So now you can probably bomb out your competition by making blog commenting with their links :-)

What do you mean by bump out? Do you mean those sites dropped in rank?
Sites of mine where I have been using article writing and spinning, web 2.0 properties pretty much stays the same.


For me it looks like sites that have been using blog commenting a lot have got a huge bump out. So now you can probably bomb out your competition by making blog commenting with their links :-)

By bump out, do you mean the site dropped in rank?

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2012, 10:06:07 PM »
Oh great, even more ammunition for those that would employ Negative SEO tactics to destroy what someone has worked so hard to build. You would think that Google is too big and powerful to be this naive, but time and again they prove otherwise. This is my first post because I have been sufficiently frightened by the potential of Negative SEO to say something. It was an article on Traffic Planet called Successful Negative SEO Case Study that allowed me to glimpse what can be done. If I was able to post the link to it I would because I think all webmasters need to be aware.


For those experienced SEO practitioners that find this article, can you tell me that the actions described in that article would not be effective against any medium to small site? I would like to believe so but I suspect this is just the beginning.

Whilst there can be penalties assigned to a site for links pointing at them there will be chaos and more page 1 spam sites than ever before. Am I wrong? Gosh I hope so.