zarathustra2011 - 7:57 am on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
My website was built so many years ago, the concept of EMD never even entered into the equation. It's been updated for years, and has always gained in traffic yearly. It's rich in original content, and didn't suffer penguin or panda, but has now lost 2/3rds of its traffic.
Every keyword or phrase where I ranked highly has now pushed me way down in the results.
One of my pages for example, has been popular for a great many years. I wrote it myself, and google always credited me as the author. Hundreds of websites and social networks have used snippets of my text and photos (all of which without permission, but I can't chase them all), but 90% of them linked back to me. Now it seems Google is giving me no credit for my material as of 2 days ago, despite it should be pretty darn obvious I am still the original source with the number of backlinks I have, and the date the material was written.
Even if I copy and paste some key, unique, sentences from my page, sites like flickr.com and pinterest appear, and even smaller websites that have just taken a paragraph of my text, appear way above me.
What is the point of writing original, interesting and unique material if at some arbitrary date, google decides to just obliterate your website, and given everybody but the original author, credit for your work.
Hopefully the algo is still work in progress. If it isn't, I'm through with website development. My website has always been my passion on a subject I'm knowledgeable on, but I can't afford to put the time in, if I can get nothing in return.