MikeNoLastName - 9:16 am on Apr 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
This is a continuation of the prior thread? Looks like it started over. Someone should put a link back to the prior one.
Anyway I was polite enough to read the ENTIRE whole preceding thread so my comments include that.
I agree largely with the apparent degrading of internal anchor links and possibly even a negative effect if over done. We had one particular 3 word keyword which we were at #6-7 for in 2010, it got highly pandalized and had FINALLY climbed back to #22 and still climbing after some G bug fixing and internal link optimization. Suddenly April 1 it is back at #299 which is lower than it's lowest panda low last August. Which is funny because it is one of the most useful information pages on our site and doesn't sell ANYTHING (in fact it gives stuff away.) Overall a number of internally link- optimized pages seem to have dropped the magic number of about 250 (those of you who think you "disappeared" from the ranks check in that vicinity). On the other hand one page on the same domain which I've been struggling to get back into the top 10 is now suddenly #4-5 since most of it's anchor links are external.
There was a mention in the former thread about regional aspects and ecom sites coming up more for searches in their own geographic area than worldwide. I wonder if G thinks LOCALS are more likely to stay in a hotel in their own local area or visit WallyWorld in their own backyard versus folks from... ANYWHERE else?
Overall, I can't believe the latest results, especially in my niches (regional travel mostly). It seems they've erased almost ALL ecom sites (i.e. anyone who would be willing to PAY for an adwords link) and replaced them with various wiki's and barely related news articles from major feeds.