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It is not affiliate site only algo change. I think it is inbound link value change.
...but something that has amazed me is a competitors site that I know for a fact he's done nothing with for over 2 years (he's a friend) is now ranking for all his top terms
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 3:27 pm (utc) on May 31, 2010]
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 3:41 pm (utc) on May 31, 2010]
Long tail shouldn't be controlled by a few mega-sites that are deep-crawled and cover hundreds of thousands of millions of key phrases. It makes sense to me to try to spread the results around to get a better sampling.
we were extremely fortunate to be getting any traffic for free from G
It has always been a symbiotic relationship where all parties should stand to potentially benefit.
"Rusty, it's impossible for Brett to know and keep track of all his rankings with close to 800,000 indexed pages."
Walkman, so Brett was wrong about that. Fine.
I think Google's notion that lots of inbound links = quality content are and have always been fatally flawed.
Google need to accept that this is a flawed system to base your main ranking factor on.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
 Systems and methods consistent with the present invention address this and other needs by identifying compounds based on the overall context of a user query. One aspect of the present invention is directed to a method of organizing a set of documents by receiving a search query and identifying a plurality of documents responsive to the search query. Each identified document is assigned a score based on usage information, and the documents are organized based on the assigned scores.
Didn't Brett say his rankings are the same but the referrals are down due to the new Google design?
do they not deserve to benefit