---- The State of the Internet (2013) - Summarised perspectives.
hitchhiker - 8:44 am on Jun 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
Share price is up and advertising is up.
I may be mistaken but didn't the changes they made during the Panda or Penguin decrease revenue? I choose to believe the Webspam team's only focus is the 'quality of search'. A hard thing to defend given the current state of things.
I'm not fully convinced but we are gazillion publishers delivering massive impressions per week
Well, personally I'm at 120,000 visitors a day (down 60k a day), the webmasters I've been speaking to via email represent another few million currently a day. Including some of the others I have less direct contact with - it's *somewhere* in the order of 10 million-ish visitors a day. You're in good company (volume-wise).
Power in numbers they say, well we have numbers. So please, join our little band of tired webmasters asking for 'better communication with the Webspam team'
@seoskunk, also thanks for the first question - I've paraphrased it a bit if that's ok:
Question: "We tend to see very little evidence of recoveries via the disavow tool, and it's existence somewhat calls into question the current implementation of 'PageRank'. Isn't this just a 'hack', a somewhat clumsy attempt to fix larger problems; one that needlessly distracts and confuses webmasters?"
I would ask: I believe 'Negative SEO/toxic links/disavowing' should have been something you vehemently guarded against. (The concept of any link or relationship as being 'negative' rather than 'ignored') No external entity should have been able to affect our websites negatively. Why did you choose to allow this to happen, when it has now clearly resulted in yet-another-way to game the playing field?"
This is what some of us are suggesting is our next step as webmasters. Forming coherent, perhaps 'tricky' questions and shooting them squarely at the doorstep of those who can best answer them.
To do that, rather than treat the Webspam team as some nefarious evil beast, intent on our total destruction - we should focus on dialogue as partners whose goal is to combat SPAM. We can help them with that.