irishsolar - 8:32 am on Apr 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
A blog which has 1 comment on all the front-page posts combined. And the posts are ripped off from other websites. It is 1 year old, poor backlink profile. TONS OF ADS above the fold. Doesn't load quickly. Has a spammy title "Tiny Widgets for Him | Tiny Widgets for Her" is the title.
@garyr_h is it adsense?
Here's what I don't understand: Websites which have no business being in the top 10 are hanging out there for the past month+.
I honestly think Google has made a massive mistake with this algo. When reading about the SERPs in different forums and seo sites I see much more webmasters complaining than praising this latest update.
The ones praising IMHO seem to be less clued-in about how SEO works and the purpose of it - both on-page and off-page.
Good solid SEO helps make sites better. It helps webmasters make their sites more relevant and of a higher quality.
Punish SEO and you are left with exactly what we are getting - garbage.
I know a lot of people were upset by the initial Panda update but at least the results were still relevant. This update has left many of the SERPs in a mess.
This algo is definitely broken.
The SERPs are just NOT relevant in several niches I am looking at and the changes seem to be slowing down. 2 sites that clearly do not have any business being in the results at all have been hovering around the top 3 spots since all this started.
A page with a pixelated image as its ONLY content and 5 pages of scanned copy has also been moving up at a constant rate. It now occupies position 11 in the SERPs for a competitive search phrase. I have no doubt it will sneak onto page 1.
I don't know about anyone else but I am totally fed up with this. Google releases guidelines for webmasters to follow. We follow them. Then Google changes it's mind and we get penalised.
Meanwhile spammers create sites and use the latest tricks to get to the top. If the site falls they just make another one and rank it within a month or two using the new tricks.
If Google ranked RELEVANT sites instead of convoluting its algo to factor in its own revenue streams this simply wouldn't happen.
Hitting sites for over-optimization without telling them what that means is abuse of power. Can you imagine being arrested, sentenced and imprisoned without a trial or even being told what you did wrong?
This has to stop!
Google has a monopoly on the Internet and it should be held accountable for the damage it is causing to small to medium business. At the very least it should be forced to be more transparent.
Didn't JFK say in a speech to the press that, "The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings."
Google is a secretive organisation that holds the financial destinies of millions of companies in their hands - they don't have the RIGHT to be secretive!
I honestly think it's time we stood up to this.