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A special thankyou to Webmaster World for keeping me informed during a very difficult 3 months. It is a shame that Google and Ebay, just 2 businesses have such enormous control over the economy and control so many peoples life's.
My directory (honest real human driven directory) losed 45% of traffic (mostly G referr.)
My listings dropped from first pages for some keyword to page 4-6 on July 21st.
I did a lot of things in this period including restyling, www non-www redirection, removed any possible duplicated content, and then filnally last week I wrote to G asking if my site was suffering of a penalization (answer has been negative)
Surprisingly on Sept 21st everything has been restored to pre-bourbon update.
Is this because of a roll-back in the algotythm or really a new index update, or a penalty expiration (exactly 60 days)?
Will this continue or should I expect another sad joke from G soon?
The rest seem a bit lacking but not hugely.
Sorry to say, I hope this doesn't last! My site has been dropped from a high Google ranking again as of Friday/Saturday. Traffic has disappeared.
I was dropped from Google during Bourbon on May 24, and came back to all original rankings on July 7th. I did not make any drastic changes and received the same reply from Google as others, that there was no penalty on my site.
Now my stats show a drop in Google traffic from 2400 a day to 100, and my income has dropped to 1/3 of my daily average. I have a history site of over 500 pages of historical content in over 50 categories and have been online over 9 years. I have had a high search ranking (1-15) with Google, Yahoo, and MSN for years w/ home page, internal directories and individual pages.
There is no reasonable explanation for this new drop in rankings, except that Google is "up to something" again. I plan on just waiting it out this time and hope it takes less than 6 weeks to return to normal. In the meantime, I intend to channel my frustration into adding new pages; I have added 25 new pages of content in the past two days, so you know how "frustrating" this is!
do you have any evidence that "baning out any old crap" won't in fact help someone?
what differentiates "any old crap" from useful content?
esp if its sophisticated "any old crap" and isn't just strings of keywords.
That is an incorrect assumption on your part
... I spent 10 hours a day "banging out" relevant historical content on the Sea Islands Hurricanes of 1893, Antique French Posters and Book Covers, 19th C. Indian and US Government Relations, Hat Styles of 1864, Hat Styles of 1890, Hat Styles of 1899, Hat Styles of 1903, Irish Immigration, 19th Century Needlework Patterns, etc.
I said I was "frustrated", not an idiot.
I have a history site of over 500 pages of historical content in over 50 categories and have been online over 9 years.
Going live in 1996 or before with a history site must have been a pioneering experience. Congratulations.
those were the days when you wrote your own code and the server was always down.
I can relate to that. Servers weren't down that often though.
About Google: the Google biz is advertising. Midia. Publicity.
They give you free traffic, you drop day job and make a living from your site. Next step : they take it from you.
You buy AdWords.
How GoogleGuy socially engineered his way to get everything he wanted out of bigmouths in these forums is a different question altogether.
Just keep that in mind. Congrats once more on your old-as-the-web site.
The question is: is it REALLY an update?! Coz I don't see any serious changes for any of my sites, on 3 totally different topics. Well, one site moved a position up, another a position down, but I cannot really call it an "update", coz I still see the same set of results, whatever keyword I search for, in all 3 niches.