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Google made one of the biggest changes ever to its search results this week, which immediately had a noticeable effect on many Web properties that rely on the world's biggest search engine to drive traffic to their sites.
The major tweak aims to move better quality content to the top of Google's search rankings. The changes will affect 12% Google's results, the company said in a blog post late Thursday.
Comments from site operators lit up on the WebmasterWorld.com forum starting on Wednesday. Many webmasters complained that traffic to their sites dropped dramatically overnight, and others expressed concern that they can't adapt quickly enough to Google's changes to its algorithm.
It is really irresponsible for Google to make this gigantic change during this economy, I am so sorry that you need to let some people go...
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Google's seemingly rash and irresponsible way of manipulating the search results
"Sites of this type have always been controversial," said Daniel Ruby, research director at Chitika, Inc. a search advertising analytics company. "On one hand, they often do produce extremely informative, well-written articles. On the other hand, they put out countless articles on a daily basis, and some claim they exist only to generate the top result on as many keywords as possible."
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It is really irresponsible for Google to make this gigantic change during this economy
BTW, if G thinks that something is wrong with our sites, they should have warned us not impose ban on us.
WHERE WAS YOUR PR PEOPLE GOOGLE?
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Nobody even knows what happened exactly with the algo change at this point. If you do, please let us know and you will get a gold star.
Please be mindful of the original topic of discussions and be respectful and courteous to other members. Posts that are rude, insulting or belittling toward others are not appropriate and will be edited or removed. Discuss the topic, and not other members.
SEO is a fluid profession. Techniques and tactics are always changing, and absolute rules are in short supply. There are only educated opinions - and it's common for opinions to run counter to each another. Tolerance helps to clear up the discussion much more than conflict.
We don't need a brawl - it doesn't help anyone.
Professional courtesy returns NOW - thank you all.
I wish (HOPE someday) we'll start reading posts here about how people lost their rankings, and their bottom line might take a hit, but they were prepared...
The idea of Google trying to determine that through an algo, and the guaranteed huge fallout from that (on non-spammy sites) should be enough to make anyone scared.
As people have so wisely pointed out, there are only 10 slots and if they are not filled by you... then they are probably filled with sites that are stealing your content ;)
Now that I have very little to lose I get to unleash some of those ideas...
albeit with less funding...