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Over on the Google News thread [webmasterworld.com], there's talk that many legitimate publishers are taking a major hit this weekend.
Just wondering how many AdSense publishers are affected?
We've lost more than 3/4 of our traffic. PR 5, 7 year old domain with more than 750 articles. More 285 links in, on the DMOZ for years. Just broke the Alexa Top 100,000 last month, too.
Even a search for our unique domain name doesn't bring us up until Page Two results, where we used to be # 1.
Needless to say, we're losing 80% of our revenue overnight, the way things look yesterday and today.
It seems more than strange that legitimate sites like ours and many others are going down, while scraper sites and others are in place.
Obviously, if this is wide spread, Google will see a hit in their AdSense revenue...
I've survived every other update just fine until this one. :(
1. On one of my biggest sites (I've published it for five years), Google managed to drop all my existing pages, but retain all the my old publishing system pages that haven't been on-line for over a year. In other words, every page listed in Google leads to a "page not found" error. The results are the opposite of what they should be. And this site is PR6.
2. I have a unique slogan on one of my sites, and as a test I searched for it in Google. About 100 scraper sites are listed with my info --- but my site is not one of them!
The whole concept of how search engines work is obsolete. Put in some popular phrase and get 70,000,000 matches. There are so many matches that the idea of giving you the "best 10" doesn't even make sense. You're really just seeing the 10 that somehow got filtered through their ever-changing algorythm.
The results need to be intelligently organized and presented as sub-topics or grouped in some other way that humans can deal with.
They went from sending me tons of visitors, to almost nothing. I got to work, building an Internet presence and making sure Google knew that I didn't need their traffic, I'll get it on my own and I did.
I'm back on top of the serps now.
And the bottom line is, many sites depend on google to Exist, should it be that way not, but it is.
Scraper sites are Google's problem, not ours.
I dunno about that one, I think that scraper sites are the bane of the internet; they are everyone's problem, from search engines, to advertisers to publishers. (kind of like parasites of any sort.)
I wish there was both an algorithmic way to filter scapers out of search engine results, and, the intiative to do so.
For eg. all those dmoz scrapers all have similar URL strings, cant they just filter that crap out?
Or, maybe... if there was somthing like a human edited directory, which was run strictly by some sort of conglomerate of advertisers. Then they could pick only bona-fide sites, and exclude the crap. Then, the results from seaches would actually be worth something more quantifiable.
Google was solid above 40% since Yahoo dropped Google results from their SERPS but they have dropped to a traffic level close to Ask Jeeves, Dogpile, Mamma, and "Unknown search engines."
I guess if that is the kind of company they want to keep then they are succeeding.
Burbon has been very good to me. Hmmm. Maybe that'll be my drink of choice from now on. I can certainly afford it now ;-)
Before Bourbon I averaged at $175 a day while Sunday my earnings dropped below $70. Yesterday I managed to reach $100/day but I'm still wondering whether I should cry or be happy..
Luckily I'm now even more determined to reach my $333 per day goal.
That's a huge task, though look at Google, it was started by just two guys.
Short of that, spacie, could you share any tips on what you did to get traffic from sources other than the Great Googly God?
I've been hit hard here, lost about 75% of traffic, and I'm tired of dealing with Google's very unprofessional tactics.
Links with other popular sites too, actually. I got a link on a major message board in my niche, on every page of the board, this brought me as many visitors, just about, as Yahoo, after Google decided they didn't like me anymore:(. Free link exchange, they didn't ask much in return, just one prominent link on a popular page. Stuff like this is how I kept visitors.