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[edited by: tedster at 11:32 am (utc) on Jun 1, 2010]
Not trying to be an enemy but if this update is to filter out the autogenerated massive sites then I think it is a good thing. We are calling it their 'too good to be true' filter.
"I'm more confused than ever..."
"I never believed a word from MC's mouth. He is a BSer. He just uses scare tactics to keep the sheep at bay. He is been proven wrong many times."
"I found those comments to be the most helpful "official" remarks so far."
"lol, my goodness, tedster, you spin Gorg's recent dismal incompetence way better than any of their employees do."
"...we don't intend to roll-back...we think that it is better..."
"Google seems to think everyone else is the problem when in fact the problem is Google."
"many of us white hats are scratching our heads wondering why your liked us for the last couple of years and today you hate us."
"It's very worrying when so many webmaster feel there is a problem here and GG doesn't think there is anything out of the ordinary!"
"GoogleGuy seems to be making out that what's happening right now is just a normal update with improvements to the algo. But it isn't."
"I'm sorry GoogleGuy, but there's nothing normal about it."
"But as Googlguy always says this time we have it right and those who complain are Black Hats"
on 5th of June there was definitely an algorithm change regarding the weight of the keyword in the domain name.
[edited by: tedster at 10:03 pm (utc) on Jun 14, 2010]
All backlinks are forum comments with the keyword within the anchor text and only that keyword
Example: Search for "Black Duck Beauty In The Winds". ( A famous Chinese musical group that has a CD called Beauty In The Winds". The results on page one are 90% about anything to have the name Black Duck and ignores the Beauty In The Winds. This example is across the boards. Its as if the SERPS have been nuked.
"FIX YOUR SITE"
"Get a real product or service, something original, and build on it. Those who scrape sites for content or are merely aggregator's need to go to the back of the line. Making big lists of sites or grabbing a topic and covering it only enough to get Adsense to notice it are useless. If you sell products directly, have a service that has a value or run a brick & mortar with online presence you're probably not in these forums complaining."
"I think for us the problems reside with the synonyms and other matching /intuitive data going too far."
"Think here that while totally irrelevant commercial SERPs might turn away people, the optimal profit level for Google may be that commercial SERPs be just marginally relevant."
"but please don't assume I typed in the wrong thing and change it first!"
Sean22, what kind of internal links where that? I only link in the main nav twice (from logo and home link) to my main page. Any help would be appreciated as I'm still experiencing the traffic drop.
Oh, and congrats that you solved the problem.