---- Anyone besides me not swallowed the "Hilltop" magic pill yet?
caveman - 7:27 pm on Nov 4, 2004 (gmt 0)
The way I read it, the Hilltop/LocalRank "affiliate" filter is quite subtle...
I don't think that we know how it might be implemented by G, or how it may have changed since implementation, if implemented at all.
...would need a pretty heavily cross/interlinked domain farm targeting a single category with relatively few "outside" links for a dramatic drop in the SERPs.
In the examples I mentioned, no cross linking at all. But there was similar code/templates, common WHOIS, etc. Plus some common backlinks from an authority site we are on good terms with. What is hard to know however, is whether our lesser sites were knocked out by a Hilltop-style algo, or by filters, as I alluded to above. I still think it could have been either, or some combination.
All I know is that where we had mutiple sites in a category, most got knocked out by Florida, and the combination of changing similar site traits and acquiring certain kinds of backlinks helped us recover in short order, when others were still unhappy. FWIW.
Personally, the reason I think G may be using Hilltop with affiliations is because I believe Hilltop is also at work in theming, so once you buy into the theming thing, assuming that Hilltop is also at work with affiliations is no big leap.
Still, I would not bet much on this as I'm not technically savvy enough to figure it out. All I know is that operating as though Hilltop is at work seems to help us. That's all I need to know. :-)