zarathustra2011 - 7:06 pm on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: zarathustra2011 at 7:08 pm (utc) on Oct 1, 2012]
I see a lot of spammy EMD's, but plenty of decent ones too. Even though the site they destroyed isn't an EMD (and has always been high quality/authoritative in its subject matter), I now seem to have a penalty set against me. I believe even if I wrote an amazing page, full of unique original, and innovative content, it would never appear beyond a certain place within the SERPs because of what has transpired. I've spent today searching certain unique key phrases, and sentences from pages that were always ranked highly, and I either do not appear at all, or I appear below the most spammiest scraper sites I've ever had the misfortunate to come across, that have taken just a few sentences or a paragraph from my pages.
This update can't be just about EMD's, but at the least, why don't Google simply prevent websites from having a boost in the results for choosing keywords in their domain name, rather than going to the other extreme of seemingly penalising them? Also, why the inconsistency, because I am see plenty of very poor content EMD's (and non EMD's) at the top of the results I've tried today.
I have a lot of one way backlinks from a very diverse range over many years, including many authoritative websites, yet scrapers are kicking my arse now. What a mess google. There must be better means for determining "quality" than this.
[edited by: zarathustra2011 at 7:08 pm (utc) on Oct 1, 2012]