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That's because we are shooting in the dark
We really aren't shooting in the dark. We are shooting at dusk. We can see a fuzzy image of what is out there. Sometimes when we shoot we hit the target and other times we can't no matter how hard we try.
But we waste our time when we start shooting at theories like
- Google is doing this so more people will pay for AdWords
- Google only hits commercial sites
- If you have Google analytics you will sorry
- Only sites doing something illegal are hit by -950
- It's because you have AdSense on your site
- Scraper sites are doing this to us
It goes on and on.
Is it because the phrase based theories are not an easy answer? It does take a lot of work to figure out why you might have been 950ed and sometimes you just can't find the answer. But I still believe that most 950ed pages have been caught in an imperfect phrase based filter.
[edited by: tedster at 9:14 pm (utc) on Feb. 27, 2008]
The removal period is still 180 days, as it always was -- but now you can also request an earlier re-inclusion.
It pretty much fits in with the Google announcements:
Fight on boilerplate content was anounced early this year, since I have not that much I got high traffic.
The fight on link buying gets announced and I have these masses of unsolicited garbage inbounds and I sink as low as never. Just surving on the 6000 direct a day that come anyway without Google.
- High quality backlinks to 950'd pages;
- Deoptimisation, and addition of related, but not keyword-stuffed, text(?)
- Tone down keyword stuffed anchor-text in internal and external links(?)
- Avoid links from cr*p directories (most of them), and other low-quality backlinks(?)
That's as much as I can make out, from what I've read. Just so some poor wretch doesn't have to read the umpteen previous posts.
Depends on whether you are talking about pages appropriately penalized or those mispenalized.
For non-spam pages, high quality backlinks make getting a penalty more likely. They don't help you get out of the penalty anymore than any other random changes do.
The best tactic remains removing the penalized pages with the URL removal tool, and starting fresh on a different URL with somewhat different text and linking. That still doesn't always work.
Still wondering what's shanked _my_ site. In the past, I could guess, and make a fix. Now, it's _maybe_ too many (legit) links from off-topic pages and _maybe_ too much onsite optimisation. But I'd hate to steer you the wrong way.
As someone said in a previous post "Don't take advice from someone suffering a penalty themselves."
My mistake was putting all my stuff on one site. Easier to promote, but, when Google adds a line of code to its algorithm, poof ... you're gone.
Addendum: The other notion in this thread was:
- Google is filtering on competitive terms. You can rank for some terms, and be 950'd for others.
A guess: Google is spam filtering. There are a lot of clever people spending a lot of time trying to game it. Result: Results like MSN's if they don't do something drastic.
Something drastic being: Supplementals, -30, -950, boot arbitrageurs, FUD about paid links etc.
Why? MSN has Windows, Yahoo has it's hand-edited directory and community, Google has only the purity of its results, and Adwords. Its shares are have a silly P/E ratio and the pressure's constant.
I've seen its underbelly: dfk099.sumbum.info ranking on competitive terms. Our whining is just background noise.
[edited by: tigertom at 12:40 am (utc) on May 28, 2007]
It's been unavoidable and involuntary to a good degree. Hopefully the situation will improve some when Google's Adsense program stops subsidizing scrapers June 1st.
Bit like getting rich on drugs and then chucking the habit but keeping the money .. :)
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[edited by: tedster at 7:44 pm (utc) on May 29, 2007]