walkman - 5:57 pm on Jul 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
My Pandalized pretty site was hit again these past few days, while my unPandalized ugly site gained a lot and is sitting on record highs (same niche). It's really annoying, especially after spending countless hours fixing the Pandalized site and almost zero hours on the "ugly" site. I heard that "dead" sites in my niche are gaining lots of ground. People who've abandoned their sites are seeing more and more traffic on their outdated work. The interesting thing is that these dead sites (and my ugly site) have no social metric factors and many have no links. I focused all networking/link building/social media on my big site (and have been for a while). None of these made a difference. User metrics on the ugly unaffected site is much worse than the hit site so it's quite strange really.
It isn't content and it hasn't been since post-Panda. I am starting to look at Google as the Gambino crime family, they want a cut, but the Gambinos at least are honest about it and they tell you how much they want. Yet, they own at least 70% of share when counting AOl and partner sites. Instead of not depending on Google we should work on ensuring that no single company (especially a greedy /irresponsible one like G) has this much market share. The internet is too important to let one company manipulate it to satisfy their greed.