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[edited by: tedster at 8:00 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]
Let's make sure of this: You search for site:example.com and the first page listed is not www.example.com but www.example.com/other-page.html ? Do you rank for your 'example' (domain keyword) ? Do you have a fresh cache?
Long time ago there was a penalty, link related, where the first page would be demoted and by extension everything else too.
I'm wondering if this new Farm update undid some of that progress against scrapers? I'm seeing some data that makes me think it has - at least for now - and the adjustment everflux period we're now in has to repair that damage.
I'm wondering if this new Farm update undid some of that progress against scrapers?
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 8:22 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]
Moultano [a Google search engineer on HackerNews]:
We've been working on this issue for a long time, and made some progress. These efforts started long before the recent spat of news articles. I've personally been working on it for over a year. The central issue is that it's very difficult to make changes that sacrifice "on-topic-ness" for "good-ness" that don't make the results in general worse. You can expect some big changes here very shortly though.
Big changes promised shortly at Google [webmasterworld.com]
The "content farm" algo imposes a site wide penalty on you if you have enough copied/repurposed stuff on your site.
How google makes this determination: who knows... could be links, could be bounce rates, could be a mixture of these.
[edited by: kd454 at 11:03 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]