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Is anyone else seeing a lot of Googlebot activity this month? My site has around 1,000 pages. The most Googlebot has ever consumed in a month is around 2,900. As of yesterday, this month was at 7,200 and earlier today, Googlebot grabbed roughly 500 more pages.
Either I'm in trouble, about to take off, or there is something big brewing.
And I agree with the earlier post - can't the mods change it to Fluctuations?
GoogleGuy posted something once about hotel sites just doing the same old stuff as each other and how this has no value.
Could ad up that same could be said about cell phone content sites (ringtones). These sites have also been hit hard by recent updates. Some things are better now, but as other here complain, good sites have also disappeared or dropped 95 % in rankings. Gone with the trash :-(
suppose you have a page about Athens Travel. If you add your own pictures, your own or user reviews, current news, etc. you will be fine in Google's eyes.
For example the affiliate may have far better response times to email, far better service levels, follow up etc etc
Because he cares more
I can understand Google not wanting all the same results, but in a few cases they have chucked the baby out with the bath water
The reason that a single .co.uk site dominates a lot of flights terms is right there in the Google data for the site. Try a few special searches, and some lateral thinking. It quickly becomes obvious what is driving the rankings.
Since the information on that site is unique, why should it not rank #1?
I think a LOT of travel sites have suffered from the anti-scraper filter. I've been watching some travel terms recently, and it sure looks as if sites with syndicated content, and / or a footprint with similarities to scraped content are hurting. However, I don't believe that Google have targetted affiliates (travel or not) specifically. I do think that some affiliates need to take a good, long look at their sites and ask "How AM I different to a scraper site?". There's too many "datafeed-in-a-wrapper" sites out there
Also, concerning who is #1 in the SERPs for travel search terms, remember that most people building an itinerary will visit AT LEAST four sites before making a decision, so its good to focus on having the best VISIBLE price, and it's also good to focus on your SEO for particular product or location pages. The less steps you make them take, the easier they will find they price you want them to find, and the less chance they will give up and move on to the next site. 5 clicks maximum to get to the booking engine. After they are psychologically committed to your site, then you wrangle out the details.
Problem is Google only looks at what is 'on screen' - you may well be bring added value 'off screen'
Google's job isn't to rate businesses for their customer service (real or imagined) or other "offscreen" added value.
Google's job is to index, organize, and present Web pages based on the value of their Web content to users.
That doesn't mean affiliate sites can't do well in Google. I can think of one hotel affiliate site (add "by" to the name of your favorite major European city) that does a great job of adding value. It normally ranks at or near the top of the SERPs where it's competing, and rightly so, because its hotel descriptions compare favorably with (and in some cases are better than) the hotels' own Web sites. It's a perfect example of the "added value" that GoogleGuy mentioned in this forum.
Sure, they're packaging product that isn't 'theirs', but they're pretty much directories that earn on bookings - their model is somewhat different. Again, no steenkin' aff links.
However, all said and done, I see absoulutely-sod-all-added value aff hotel sites riding as high as they ever have - that death knoll is still sounding pretty quiet to me.
I agree that hotel affiliate sites (including ones without added value) aren't dead by a long shot.
When adding hotels, hostels, books, luggage, car rental and tours, it's much easier to just link to an engine and customise it a bit than to redo the whole thing.
If it works, the tours are good, the hotels are nice, the rooms are clean, the cars are reliable, why change anything? Why penalise?
Any brick and mortar store resells other people's stuff. My corner store doesn't manufacture anything but they sell like crazy.
I don't like the full on feed site, believe me. There are too many out there just churning them out one after the other with a different url, stylesheet and logo without any real add on. Same rooms, same guide, same pictures.
Unique travel sites add a personal feel to a place and personal recommendations on a variety of aspects concerning a trip.
Let's keep those unique travel sites around, even if they resell hotel rooms. Let's get rid of the full on feed.
Again, don't copy and paste, it bugs me.
I have a few directories that cover a multitude of topics which stay in the SERPs but the numbers bounce around alot. One even goes from 14,000 pages to 118,000 pages indexed from day to day.
Thanks for feedback. Much appreciated.
Never thought that law/legal sector is under attack too ;-)
As to advertising/marketing sector which my test keywphrases are related to, I have noticed #1 site got a hit on some Dcs while it just went down to #2 on others. I.e its not settled yet.
I see at the moment changes in the serps of the following DCs when testing my keyphrases related to advertising and marketing
What was #1 moved down to be #2.
And what was #3 has been dropped!
My google.com (18.104.22.168) top 10 are identical now with those of the three mentioned DCs.
Any of you noticed any changes on the DCs?