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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]
dusky: well laid out! thx... i also noticed that keyword in url is currently very strong for ranking, do you see that, too?
My troubles started back mid February. Anyone similar or before this?
[edited by: tedster at 7:00 pm (utc) on May 7, 2010]
Massive sites with thousands of pages, years of authority and thousands of IBLs have lost out which is ideally not a good thing. Because they have lost out, sites which are still building their authority (but are nevertheless well optimized and possibly micro niche sites) have taken their place.
As one forum member put it, this is probably a transition period where the new updates are being implemented which means the “trust factor” for authority sites have been temporarily turned off. So naturally the long tail pages lose their place to smaller micro-niche websites during this period since the latter is better optimized for the related keywords. So once the update is complete and trust factor is turned back on, these sites will (hopefully) get back to their original position.
Just a quickie - how far back have people lost traffic?
I work with one site that has historically received a lot of off-theme long tail traffic - pretty much an accidental match based on high PR. That traffic never really wanted our page and most of the visits were bounces. That traffic has now vanished.
FWIW, we have an established PR7 site and haven't seen any change in long-tail traffic (or any other traffic that Google sends us) in the last several months.
How to remove all the pages from G's index and have them reindex the site?cien - You can do that in Google's Webmaster Tools, but it will take months to come back. This is what Google says, but I've no experience with an entire site. I wouldn't do it if I were you. I'd wait for Google to fix it through their "normal" process.
Content removed with this tool will be excluded from the Google index for a minimum of 90 days. You can use the URL removal request tool to reinclude your content at any time during the 90-day period.
Just a hunch but this has the feel of a changeover that went wrong. I guess folks at Googleplex are desperately searching for the bugs they have caused and are trying to fix them one by one.
Google Referrals Way Down Since the Change?that Brett_Tabke started here [webmasterworld.com...] which I am hoping we'll discuss it here, Brett raises an interesting point which a lot of us myself included failed to raise.
The last week was the biggest single change in our referral profile graph since florida 2004.