Mr3putt - 9:40 pm on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have been reading these forums since the algo change took effect. I had to join to put in my two sense and get in on the conversation so I could mention something I haven't seen in these forums.
I too have taken a 35-40% traffic hit. I used to rank for around 8,000 keywords and now it's around 5,000. I have about 300 posts all of which are unique content about 1 core topic. All in all it's about 120,000 words of unique content and over 12,000 images that accompany those posts. Google has me indexed for 1,870 pages.
I wanted to shed light on something I am noticing in my particular nitch that I haven't seen mentioned in these forums and that is the power google seems to be placing on DOMAIN NAMES in this update. (Although this could be a glitch, I sure hope so.)
After running through some main, mediocre, and longtail keywords I used to rank highly for I am finding sites ranking on the first page that have those specific keywords plastered in their domain name. A lot of them are thin content sites running adsense. Some are even adsense for domains.
It's almost as if google is telling me to break up my site into very specific sections and get a domain for each one of those sections. I guess by doing this sites will start to look less like content farms.
I keep hearing quality over relevance. But what if part of quality is being measured by very specific relevance?
It seems in this algorithm change google might have neglected all the user behavior data they have collected over the years. Where is that showing up in this algorithm update? It's like it totally disappeared.
My site has a lot of pageviews per visit, a low bounce rate, and over 2000 Facebook likes a month, or at least it did. Meanwhile sites I created years ago that are absolute crap and frankly that I have forgotten about seemed to have united together to make me $30 bucks in adsense yesterday.
I really hope some changes are made and some rankings are restored before this change rolls out all over the world. If not I guess all I have to look forward to is the sites I had forgotten about climbing up those SERPS.