Jane_Doe - 4:59 pm on Mar 4, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 7:45 pm (utc) on Mar 4, 2011]
Wow reading the comments in the Wired article, even old time WebmasterWorld user EFV, the ever optimist, has been hit with 30% traffic loss. First time I see him complain.
With some of these sites that got hit I don't think the problem is a lack of good content within the site. The problem is the presence of a lot of pages without any good content and the ad to content ratio. I had been wondering if EFVs site was hit when I looked at some of the other sites owners reported on the Google forum. Too bad for him, but his site does fit the same layout pattern as some of the other sites listed there.
That list on Google's Webmaster Central [google.com] is a gold mine of information.
I do feel for Matt Cutts and the other Google spam team employees. I think they are basically nice guys who would like to try to help people but at the same time if they give out too much information to people to fix their sites it just makes it easier for their results to get spammed.
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[edited by: tedster at 7:45 pm (utc) on Mar 4, 2011]