kd454 - 10:57 pm on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: kd454 at 11:03 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]
I have been thinking about (time on site) and (bounce rate), but all my sites that got hit all have low bounce rates, high page views - an average of 3 page visits or higher per visit.
I also have lots direct traffic, people bookmarking and coming back to the sites. I provide useful quality content or the people would not be coming back.
I think this has something to do with backlinks. My 1 site that I have not been adding backlinks to stayed strong and increased traffic, the rest took big hits (been adding backlinks to them all). The sites I have been adding the most backlinks took the biggest hits.
There is only 1 site that is the exception to this and it has went up a couple of notches due to the ezine articles sites that got wiped off. Google had already put a filter on this site and held it on page 2 due the amount of backlinks I was pushing at it.
I am having a hard time believing this focused on quality, I am sure there are a lot of variables but backlinks played a big role in this update.
I am seeing sites that are big time backlinks buyers staying strong, I do not rent backlinks like these sites do. I am thinking Google see the backlinks they purchase as better quality so they did not get hit.
So quality of backlinks, amount of backlinks over a given time and possibly using to much of the same anchor text seem to part of the problem.
Also newer sites seem to not be effected at all, all my sites that got hit were older established sites, and yes people do copy my content so that could be another factor.
Maybe time to start buying higher powered backlinks? It seems to be what Google likes at the moment.
[edited by: kd454 at 11:03 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]