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I think the loss of long tail is more to do with Google's incredible improvements in Adwords relevance matching. - internetheaven
Long tail traffic in most cases relies on internal link juice, this is how it works. - SEOPTI
[edited by: tedster at 7:44 pm (utc) on May 22, 2010]
So you are stating that google data may be corrupt Tedster? I though that was inpossible.
To the point about much of the current flux having to do with pushing Adwords revenue increases--just an observation but conversions in our Adwords account rose by double digits last week...no changes to the account at all.
has anyone heard from matt or the like for any type of G answer to what so many of us our experiencing?
I run a uk only site (the one that has lost 90% of traffic) and I am getting more traffic from china and luxembourg so far this month
1. URL+initial Title has more importance on kw, just try a longtail kw and see.
2. Internal link juice is greatly diminished.
3. "fresh" content sites on steroids - has gone overboard with adding link juice internally as can be seen by sites like ezine, associatecontent, squidoo, etc.. ranking absurdly on so many terms.
4. additional logic added to site structure to determine site classification (you selling something or reviewing it, better not try to both, get lost in the wash).
Anyone notice Mahalo stats on Quantcast? Totally unaffected. It would seem like their long tail traffic would have been affected.
spot 8,9,10 are changing on different data centers
[edited by: tedster at 5:20 pm (utc) on May 6, 2010]
The supermarket example doesn't really make sense cos in a supermarket you would be looking for the same products every week. Don't tell me that you keep searching for the same term on google every week unless it is a specific website you're looking for - in that case you just type the name.