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1. Been an authority in the segment (high competitive) for years.
2. Going back and forth from the index, with a few key terms still in the first position.
3. First time to really have problems with Google (November last year).
I understand what Google is trying to do by limiting spam and duplicate content, but during the last year or so, it seems like the results for a lot of searches have gradually gotten worse, not better.
Admittedly, I am a bit biased since a few of my sites have fallen off the map and have been replaced by other pages that have directly copied my original content. I don't know how Google is scoring pages these days, but it does not seem especially fair. The more work I do, the lower my ranking goes and the better my competitors rank.
Am I the only one who feels this way or have others experienced the same thing?
Search this Good God Google has completely lost it. I get sick of this from a search engine that prides itself on showing useful ads.
I see a couple of websites other than that nothing but shopping sites and I wonder what the
#1 spot has "This IS the placeholder for domain" A parked domain #1 wonderful useful glad I wasted my time.....
what qualifies it in all our vast SEO knowledge to be #1... I am beginning to wonder if allot of the results are being manipulated by human hands as some of the shopping sites are doing searchs so how does Google spider perform a search?
The results are getting better - not to mention that MY site is doing better. I don't deserve 1st page yet, but I didn't previously deserve to be in oblivion eirther. I would say I NOW have a spot that makes sense considering the time I spend linking.
My other industry is about the same. One big money term is doing a little better, the other a little worse, but in the same realm of existance.
You don't need the "best" product to win - you need the "Impression" of the best product.
Coolio. It's only half true, but the "impression" is done so badly in general, that it seems totally true.
New auction sites appear monthly, all claiming to be better than ebay; very one I've seen is cr*p.
Well....what I think I'm seeing is local auction sites replacing ebay.
So masses of money + appealing even more to human laziness and a way to channel traffic. I can only see Microsoft being able to do that.
Microsoft is solid and will get there some time (but when?). There are thousands of business groups that have the means to start a search engine. Easiest would be to buy search results from Google and with original marketing they would be able to get in. But these days originality is the bottleneck.
Google fast, uncluttered. People want results yesterday, they don't give a damn about beauty design.
Oh, they do, but not at the expense of usability.
I haven't the slightest clue why our sight fell, we don't spam, our site has been on the web since 2001 and always has been on page 1 in the top 5 results (on all search engines, not just google). I hope we come back soon, this is so frustrating.
I see a lot of crappy sites ranking high for some very competitive keywords.
I see those sites in and out all day. I think Google is trying hard but the guys on the other side know what they are doing. Hard to believe but seems like those guys beating Google in their own game because i see those sites in the results for awhile