CaptainSalad2 - 7:27 am on Aug 15, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: CaptainSalad2 at 8:12 am (utc) on Aug 15, 2013]
Okay, seeing a huge update for the UK service sector this morning across almost everything I watch.
Looks like EMD have been devalued more, seeing a lot of sites with very vague references to the service in the target area dominating from no where (after brand directories and middle men trade sites who act as go between's of course).
Only EMDS holding steady are ones with a large amount of backlinks or on places.
All my sites follow these rules
1) All unique content,
2) W3C HTML/CSS compliant, hand coded, custom sites.. (not templates)
3) Page speed score of 98/100 (google insights)
4) Both mobile and desktop versions (responsive design)
5) Linked to corresponding facebook/twitter/google plus accounts pages
6) Authorship setup
7) Usability - check
8) Accessibility - Check
9) Canonical - Check
10) Social link plugins - check
Nothing else I can do onsite to improve quality.
Anyway these sites have been knocked back a little today, sites without backlinks that focus on onsite SEO pushed WAY back and replaced (in many cases) with programme generated, drag and drop DIY sites lightly targeting the service/area with a vague reference if that in 3/4 paragraphs of text. Failing on every point above I work into my sites.
Basically every on page quality signal you can think of looks like its being ignored for something?
Just glad im in the process of working my way out of the SEO/web design business because I cant support my very young family or make any sort of long or even medium term decisions based on the instability... and frankly random nature of the little organic traffic left on page one! Good luck to anyone who relies on this barbecue!
[edited by: CaptainSalad2 at 8:12 am (utc) on Aug 15, 2013]