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June 2nd Penalty & Regaining Long-Tail Traffic

   
7:40 am on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)



After reading about many webmasters affected by the June 2nd update and also long tail keywords, is there any correspondence between the two?

I was affected by the June 2nd update and haven't recovered much traffic since the update. I was considering on going back through all my websites and start focusing on long tale keywords and experimenting with combination's in the title tag. I have to go though most of my sites anyways and update wordpress.

I just wanted to ask what step's you did to regain rankings that were lost due to the update and or the change towards long tail keywords?

Examples are welcome! Thanks for reading and taking the time to respond.
7:02 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Hello Rhinoman10, and welcome to the forums.

June 2 was a kind of tweak on the Mayday algo change - Google's goal was still the same, to serve more trusted websites for long tail searches, even if that means "ignoring" some technical SEO factors that some sites depended on to auto-generate long tail relevance.

So the fixes I've heard about - and they are not common so far - have involved unique changes in each site's case. I've got no rule of thumb to share, just the general guideline of knowing what Google's purpose is. Do whatever you can NOT to look like automated backfill of long tail query terms.
1:22 am on Sep 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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"Do whatever you can NOT to look like automated backfill of long tail query terms."

Tedster is correct in his statement.

1. Perform a site search on you domain.
2. Click on the "cached" link
3. Click on the text only version link.

This will give you a good idea how google is viewing your pages.

Then you need to ask yourself.
What makes each page unique from the others?
7:21 pm on Oct 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My longtail pages in google don't have a "in cache" link, how come?
7:53 pm on Oct 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



The cache links on the SERPs come and go - during a data update, during a data glitch, whatever. There's not much you can read from that either way.
8:41 pm on Oct 19, 2010 (gmt 0)



even with all original content on my sites they have not recovered yet.

I tried under optamizing 5 and that did not help.

The only thing that appears certain at this time is that keywords as urls don't work like they used to.