dHex - 7:18 am on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have few info websites that have been affected by the change web spam update on Apr 24. The changes are both negative and positive. If you have created a "website" and left it as is without any marketing or search engine optimization, it will probably see positive movement. If you are an established forum or info website with a lot of natural strong links, you will see good movement. If you are a small to medium info website with weak back link profile, well good luck salvaging whats left of your website. That's what happened to one of my websites.
- The website I have only ranks #1 for one term now out of the 50 I monitor
- Its on 3rd page for its domain name without extension
- when I do a search for some phrase from negatively affected pages, my page comes last in SERP and all those ahead of me are people who scraped text from my website, social bookmarking sites, etc
- I have a new section added recently with absolutely no link pointing to them, these pages are close to 50 and they are doing great right now as compared to existing pages. If I do a search for a title of one page from the negatively affected pages, I usually get these new pages ranked ahead of the main page with the title I'm searching for.
The punishment looks like page wise but it also has some singes of manual penalty. I guess not showing for my own brand is a sign for manual penalty? But then again one page survived and the new pages i added are also doing okay.
There is all sort of weirdness going on right now. I really dont know what to think any more. I have been penalized before and I have also learned about it by example from others. But what I see right now is totally confusing.