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If that is a possibility why not wait a bit longer and see how things shake out. Since we now have confirmation that there is an update going on, underway, coming soon, it makes sense to wait and see how it ends before anyone writes a suicide note.
It seems like good old SEO is out....my point is why? Is it better to high rank sites with almost no content or usability? Not sure.
I'm also not sold (for current results on DC's) that the age of a site should always be considered as a possible value added, some old junk sites (you know even some with automated link exchange systems and keywords in-the-url) seem to be back with this update.
Low class affiliate type of sites are back, prepare your wallets :)
So just to set expectations, there will still be quite a bit of flux for people to expect near-term. We'll be setting up a way for people to pass us feedback.
Backlink update, eh? Keep us posted, Google. I sure don't want to miss it.
[edited by: Stefan at 12:10 am (utc) on Oct. 19, 2005]
In fact, my pagerank is Coming Down Again. I guess I'll Try a Little Harder, but I Don't Know Why.
Time Is On My Side so maybe someday I'll get some Satisfaction and Not Fade Away.
I'd be a Fool To Cry, but When the Whip Comes Down, my pagerank could be Slipping Away, but then again, You Can't Always Get What You Want.
Google was Hot Stuff when it was new --- and it may be Just My Imagination, but I'm having Mixed Emotions 'cause I think Yahoo's results are more relevent All Down The Line.
Either your site is Hot Stuff or it's just Tumbling Dice... at least I'm not Back To Zero after all the Dirty Work is done -- but PR, I've Had It With You.
I have to be honest and say that a lot of rubbish has disappeared from our industry and that is great! but when I saw half of our traffic go, I used the expression 'baby out with the bathwater'
I am praying that our traffic comes back and there are a couple more switches to press because I feel that we produce damn good and informative sites according to the word of Google and I know that other webmasters like myself are feeling the same.
It is most important to keep some sort of discussions ongoing with such a change in Algo "Stuff".
As a webmaster for many sites and all White-hat ones at that, these days it is crucial to be ethical about posting of information to us all to a degree.
I always report problem sites to you (GG) via the online Google webmaster page tools; I am not the only one that helps Google with the SERPS and Algo in reporting the bad... being fair is a request at this point. We do our part, it's your turn. (Tag your it - Smiling)
Please explain the overpass that fell on me and others.
[edited by: Hollywood at 12:55 am (utc) on Oct. 19, 2005]