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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.
how can Google even begin, at an advanced level to detect "low quality"
A number of us have been saying for weeks now, "tell us exactly what is meant by 'quality'".
Sure they can tell user feelings. They hit the back button and select another listing on the serp.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 12:23 pm (utc) on Feb 28, 2011]
Wikipedia's "thin" pages shouldn't get the VIP treatment
how come it didn't learn what people like and take corrective action filtering out the 'content farms' one SERP at a time all along?
...the fact they return to the same SERP and then click on another link, is much more telling.
If the title is changed to the most compelling possible based on existing user data but the user...
The data can be applied in many ways...
But why did they return and click on another one?
Did the first one not answer the question? ...
Until now, they have been focused on "relevance" without regard to "quality." These are not the same thing.
@apauto - I suggest taking a few steps back, re-examine your site and fix anything that makes it spammy, thin or farm-like. Don't just swamp Google with re-inclusion requests. Make it a point to find a dozen things wrong with your site and fix them, then and ONLY then should you file a reinclusion request.
I suspect most will deny anything is wrong with their site. That's typical, and usually wrong.
There is nothing that makes it spammy.