falsepositive - 2:25 am on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
Collateral damage is expected with such a "big" algo change. Plus weeks of tweaking, filters added, etc. Perhaps they are studying what the results are right now and will add their adjustments based on what the are seeing.
The biggest red flag for my site has been this. So much scraped content that I had never ever given permission to copy. So I've sent Google my slew of spam complaints and DMCA requests.
I assumed though, that Google's dup filter already took care of this, but I am guessing that's not the case. Something is weighing down my site and I'd love to know what it is!
On another note, I would love to know enough about what they are expecting as a "high quality" site so that I can get as far away as I can from being collateral damage in the future!
I scratch my head because while I've made my mistakes in the past with minor ventures into SEO, I've since wiped out those errors. Others, I can't help, when I did experiments with link backs and so forth. I always thought such links would just be simply devalued, not cause a penalty. But I guess I am wrong. The question is, what can I do to ensure a squeaky clean image to Google's eyes?
I see many many many colleagues breaking the Google law with paid links/buying links (I no longer do this ever) and intentionally buying links in the spammiest sites ever, still they stand. Ironically, I have been cited in online sites like CNN, MSN, Yahoo, and those links don't count. Must be that the exterior link profile is not counted here. The focus has been content.
It just seems horribly unfair to those of us who believe we've done the best we can to adhere to truly white hat practices. I did not spend 5 years of my life building my one site from scratch to be broken down this way.... a drop so drastic, if permanent is a massive blow to take. I could have taken a gradual loss of traffic, but a sudden one -- much like the tornado that hits you while sparing others...
Hopefully it will pass and we all learn once more what it is that G wants. Again, am truly not sure at this point what it could be that I've done to trigger this penalty. Except that my site may appear like a "content farm" like a mini EZA site that allowed anyone to lift articles for syndication. Not the case here, I am a content thief victim and I'm being punished.
More DMCAs going out from here!