backdraft7 - 2:37 pm on Mar 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
@ - epmaniac
How can inventor of a niche be gone?
Simply because Google doesn't care who pioneered a niche. They know if you were there first, but they could care less. Alexa can prove who was where & when.
How can you be gone? One word: scrapers. Once they find your niche, they'll exploit it with wordpress MFA sites and dilute you out of existence. Your only hope is that they steal your images or other content so you have grounds for a DMCA filing.
One area to be very vigilant is finding evil competitors. I have one jerk competitor who posts bad links from bad neighborhood sites back to my site. He also uses an alias to post negative reviews on my site. So it's not always Google, it's evil SOB's who manipulate links and false reviews to cut you down in the serps.
@ - TOI & MIW - definitely seeing some very odd movement and even "Day Parting" (see, I'm not using the Zombie word anymore) or throttling periods where G must be diverting traffic through more paid channels. I believe if they had their way, they'd eliminate organic results overnite for a 100% paid system. The Wild West days are over my friends!
Just one positive move, that's all we ask.
Most of us can agree that every move since May 2010 has been downward for veteran sites. The new surge of easy to set up WP sites makes any 5 year old a webmaster again and Google seems to like their non sense and stolen content.
BTW - If you enter a store and put a pack of chewing gum in your pocket without paying, you'd get ticketed, fined and have a record that would follow you for the rest of your life, making it hard to even find a job if they search your criminal past.
So, why doesn't Google take DMCA violators as serious? Stealing content is theft, and theft is a crime.
You want to use my content ? ASK! and provide a back link and you'll usually be OK, Doing otherwise and you're just an untrustworthy, sneaky criminal. I've seen scraper pages removed, yet Google still trusts them enough top place even more of their ill gotten content on page 1. What happened to the "Trust" metric?