garyr_h - 10:58 am on Apr 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
@irishsolar it is adsense, yes, but I don't think that's a reason why they would allow it. Having that many ads above the fold is probably hurting G's advertisers because those people will likely click to just get out of the website since it looks absolutely horrible.
When those sites first started popping up, I thought it was only the algo, but there were many, many updates in March and even now more in April. Why are they still at the top?
They *are* relevant to an extent. But that's not the problem here. It's *quality*. These pages are definitely not quality. As an English speaker, I want to find English web-pages. If I wanted to see Urdu pages, I wouldn't be searching at .com and even if I was, I wouldn't type my search query IN ENGLISH to want to find non-English pages.
And with all the talk about "above the fold", the sites are breaking that rule pretty point blank.
This is one of the bigger paying keywords for my niche and gets hundreds of thousands of searches. The top 10 spots are HUGE earning potentials. So to see these sites there is a huge downer.
And like I said, it doesn't really have much to do with "age of website" because these three are all 1 year or younger. My site is almost 8 years old now and it is only in the top 10 in .hk and .mx and other non-English search engines for whatever reason along with several other older websites. And was in the top 10 for a few days directly after March Panda, but quickly slid out March 31-April 3 update (whatever that was!)
So here's my beef with G:
I want to them to do what they promise. I want pages with above the fold content. And I want them to actually be in the language I search in. I don't think that is much to ask. The first one is harder to calculate, but the non-English thing is really horrible.
Also, seeing angelfire sites ranking is pretty freaking horrible, but I won't go there.