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So I might be dead in the water.
What about microsites? Are they a good idea?
Microsites were originally created to dominate search results. It was originally kind of a spammy technique. I normally donít suggest it, Mayday and future updates are only looking for quality sites. If you want to dominate search results, you can do things like add videos/images and other data. Microsites confuse users, there are links coming in to another site that isnít your main site, and they are hard to maintain as now you have multiple sites. Itís a jarring user experience; I donít think they are going to work in search results in the future as they did in the past.
Lorel would not then all sites of the network be affected? I run two blogs in the blue widgets niche. One was affected, the other not. The one that was affected still ranks for some keywords but lost much of its long tail traffic and some high volume keywords as well.
The other common element is they were created by the same person. It could even be a simple mistake in the mark up which causes massive repetition in one area of the page.
Also I've not seen anyone mention what they are seeing when they use Lynx or do some keyword analysis somewhere like GoRank. I'd also like to see some reports on the balance between internal links and external back links shown on siteexplorer, also try Open siteexplorer on the anchor text tab to see if there's something there.
It seems to me this is abit like a crime scene where the detectives haven't bothered to do a proper search for evidence.
MY big hit came on June 4th/5th. Dropped three quarters of my traffic over 60+ sites.
One one site stayed at #1 - many #1s to 9-11 many #15's to 300.
All of the above are micro sites with the Url being the keyword.
Funny thing is that one site stayed at #1 and another is still solid at #4. I have looked at those sites that did not shift with a fine tooth comb looking and comparing those to the other sites. The difference is almost imperceptable but I think the ones that fell were over optamized for the 3 word key word phase.
How can anyone build 60 sites all focused on the same keyword and expect Google to rank them all well
Cutts admitted as much that google treats amazon products simply as duplicate content