nomis5 - 12:34 pm on Sep 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
nomis5 - have you ever "built" links to the sites that got hit?
Absolutely not, both are hobby sites of mine developed in case one of my main sites was ever hit. Not a single link bought, sought or encouraged.
The third site I mentioned as not being affected looks like it is now but not as bad as the others. Possibly because the domain name was a plural. All SERPS for the single name keyword though appear to have disappeared.
I have several of these semi-sleeper sites and another EMD is unaffected - yet.
Also the largest of my semi-sleeper sites is unaffected but it's only a partial EMD.
The immediate financial effect of this update is small for me because the main sites are unaffected. But it has wiped out a significant part of my disaster strategy in one go.
I have been in this business for many years and am totally convinced the affected sites are of solid, good quality. Not a trace of black hat at all. Wiping them from the SERPS is unacceptable collateral damage from this latest algo update.
The affected sites are all on the same Adsense account (not the one for my main sites), all use Adsense alone. They not travel sites.