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Major Google Update (April 24th)

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #30 on: April 24, 2012, 10:07:33 PM »
Here's another doozy in the search results:

Keywords: "cheap purses"

More Google Gaffes... Keep them coming... I think they jacked up 97% of the search results and remaining 3% of sites have moved up.

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.




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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #31 on: April 24, 2012, 10:08:26 PM »
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.


Fear not:

http://prosperative.com/public-forum/search-engine-optimization/dan-thies-proof-of-'negative-seo'/

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #32 on: April 24, 2012, 10:09:17 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



Thanks for pointing that out Jonathan, this will be an interesting couple of days.

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2012, 10:11:32 PM »
Today my site shot up to page one for a very difficult term: "Sports picks"

Just to try and get some details: what kind of backlinking have you done for that site?

Thanks!


Well here's something interesting. I brought this up before at this forum:

One unique thing about this site is that I cite things at an extremely high rate. I don't even do much backlinking. I do some Web 2.0 article stuff. It is all high quality articles that I personally write for ezines and the like. NO BLACKHAT STUFF!  If you're not sure if something is blackhat, odds are it is.

So lots of citation and natural behavior, and I'm winning right now.
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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2012, 10:13:04 PM »
So lots of citation and natural behavior, and I'm winning right now.

Thanks for the details. I'm certainly seeing a lot of sites that do very little SEO that are on page one now. Unfortunately many of them aren't following your example of focusing on quality...

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #35 on: April 24, 2012, 10:13:22 PM »
Yep definitely seeing some big fluctuations in rankings for several of my niche sites and marketing blog although I had a number of interlinking admin sites with footer links so that was probably a bad idea to start with (major cleanup underway there). Majority of my blog traffic is referral traffic from blogs and social media so not overly concerned there although the search is definitely down for the last 3-4 days as the update has been rolled out.

My advice would be not to panic just yet as a number of sites tend to spring back up after a major update provided you are link profile is "relatively" clean.

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #36 on: April 24, 2012, 10:15:54 PM »
Here's an interesting one:

Keywords: "cat pictures"

An ancient blog of mine (well, ancient in Internet terms) that I haven't updated since 2008 is ranking on page one (which it hasn't done since I stopped working on it in 2008):

http://felinephotos.blogspot.com/

I've done nothing to the site other than do a one-click template change in Blogger a few days ago. No links, no content, no nothing. And it has a lot of low quality backlinks to it, too.  My, my...

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #37 on: April 24, 2012, 10:19:27 PM »
I've had nothing but major improvements in the last month and more so this last week.

I stopped building backlinks for a while and Google is moving my site up like crazy for many different keyword phrases. I only post about once per month too.

I was averaging around 50 visits per day just one month ago and now I'm averaging over 100 per day.

On a keyword that gets 6,600 monthly searches, I was in position 9 on page one and now I am in position three on page one.

I don't know what Google is doing, but I like it.

Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #38 on: April 24, 2012, 10:20:16 PM »
I'm pretty sure that they have already been doing this on a limited amount. I've seen a site loose just one of their keywords from number 6 to below 50 after getting the "un-natural link building" email from Webmaster tools. It is hard to know that it is what actually caused if but the site was doing exactly what Cutts mentions here.

That is articles with links back to the site that are unrelated to the content of the site.  Before the webmaster started his blog network campaign he was at number 17. Afterwards, number 6 and after the email  from Webmaster tools he was below 50. He lost some number one rankings for other keywords but they stay above number three. He has seen his traffic go from 3000 uniques per day to 1000 per day.

The thing that gets my attention is that it fell far below its original postion. Indicating that possibly there was a penalty.  The webmaster is sitting on pins and needles now waiting to see if he is going to further hit.
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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #39 on: April 24, 2012, 10:23:29 PM »
In general, my sites' ranks have been jumping around much more today than any other day. I have 30+ sites and I'm seeing no pattern in what it moving up and what is moving down.

I think that Google just decided to put some random values into the algorithm here...ugh.

I've always thought that the algo was flawed in that it doesn't give fair treatment for actual businesses that are DOING the thing they are talking about. Talk about spreading false information on a large scale.

Jon, I really liked your post on your blog recently about being Google independent. That is so key.
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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #40 on: April 24, 2012, 10:26:05 PM »
Wooaah! I have an SEO site that has been hit but hard! I was in the top 5 for my search terms in a local search engine but four fifth's have been completely dropped and the rest are off the first page. I only used  well spun articles and never used any dodgy backlinking techniques. I guess I will wait and see.

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #41 on: April 24, 2012, 10:26:28 PM »
Jon, I really liked your post on your blog recently about being Google independent. That is so key.

I didn't realize how well timed my post was until today. :)

UGH! Keywords: "make money online"

As of right now makemoneyforbeginners.blogspot.com is now sitting pretty at #3!

It's like AltaVista's been resurrected with Google's logo on it.

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #42 on: April 24, 2012, 10:29:38 PM »
Okay guys. I'm off to bed. I'll check back in a few hours to see if anything has changed.

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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #43 on: April 24, 2012, 10:32:19 PM »
makemoneyforbeginners.blogspot.com
yikes

they can't put a "Done" tag on this update can they?
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Re: Major Google Update (April 24th)
« Reply #44 on: April 24, 2012, 10:35:38 PM »
Here is my chart from this last month. Notice 127 visits yesterday.