drall - 10:57 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
That's all fine in theory and this is what we have been doing well before Google was backrub. With confusion there is profit and we are plenty confused.
You tell us to go after the user, well we do. We build a high quality site chocked to brim with 100% unique content. We have so many natural links I stopped looking after a half million. We produce a page that is 5 scrolls long on 1920x1280 that takes us a week to make.
This page steps people through a very tedious task in a very popular game. Within 3 weeks of this page going live 4 years ago we made position 3 naturally for it's main term. Over the next year we move to position 1 and stood there firmly for 2 years. We update said page monthly to stay up to date with the game. Bazillions of links to this page from ontopic sites and forums and even the game author.
Four 30 minute videos taking people through the steps, dozens of screens and mountains of unique content.
Last year we drop from pos 1 to pos 3 then pos 9 and as of your most recent update pos 24.
The pages that have replaced us are not even remotely close to our page in terms of end user usefulness and I emailed your team to point this out. They have 1/1000th the natural links if any and are in general riding on the main domains strength.
They are a series of half baked articles made by people lifting knowledge and repurposing it mixed with massive amount of onpage mashup and a cheesy 30 second totally useless garbage video.
Our page is made by experts who have spent tens of thousands of hours playing the game, far more detailed in every respect and built for a novice to understand. Thus the natural links. So why in G's name does this get pushed down by pure trash from ehow, a general wiki mention page with 1 paragraph x3, legions of ehow clones and such?
Here is my question, are you going to hit the biggest content farms? You know who they are, you know what they are doing! Or are you just going to hit the little guys with a side helping of col damage and leave the real offenders who are pushing the good stuff down?