Leosghost - 6:22 pm on Sep 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
Where the visitors you used to get in the "old days"and the ads and the clicks you used to get have gone..you tube and ehow
the article is still largely valid..
Panda hurt ehow for around 3 to 6 months, then they changed their model , they still pay people to rip of your content on subjects that they know nothing about, what they did was change their page layout to avoid panda..then they got into bed with Google to make videos for youtube on contract.. and gained themselves a free pass from future panda runs apparently..because they are waaay back up there with scraped, human respun content, ruling the serps again..
Google reps avoid talking about ehow in public, they change the subject, ignore the question, or say that they don't discuss individual sites in public in relation to their algos,..but they do talk about other sites, by name sometimes, strange that ;-)
Between ehow, Google's own properties and personalised ads..what independent adsense publishers can expect is far less than it was..
There are other lesser factors, hence not everyone has had a drop in income, but these are the major factors in the falls in adsense income..
If you put any search term into Google "signed out" and you use the personalised search parameter limitations ( so that only GEO IP targeting may affect your results ( this has been posted many times here ) ..how to see what the underlying non personalised results are ?
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copy the below
paste it into your address bar,
click to "refresh" the page..
the address bar will now read
now put "whatever term" into the search box
Try many search terms..
See how many times youtube and ehow are waaaay above anyone else..
That is the base line SERP..non personalised..everybody's personalised SERPS are a "tweaked version of that" with more or less youtube and ehow in the mix, depending on their personalisation..
That... Publishers ...is the real face of "the competition"..like when you mix acylic paint, you change the colour by adding pigment, but the "liant" ( binder and drying agents, gloss or mat additives are always the same, just their amounts vary a little with each different personalised colour that you mix )..other independent or small publishers are not nearly so important to your site(s) position, as G properties and ehow..