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"We deeply care about the people who are generating high-quality content sites, which are the key to a healthy web ecosystem," Singhal said.
"Therefore any time a good site gets a lower ranking or falsely gets caught by our algorithm - and that does happen once in a while even though all of our testing shows this change was very accurate - we make a note of it and go back the next day to work harder to bring it closer to 100 percent."
"That's exactly what we are going to do, and our engineers are working as we speak building a new layer on top of this algorithm to make it even more accurate than it is," Singhal said.
what data do you have that shows that the average user/searcher of that keyword prefers to see your site over the twitpic page?
directed at web sites running AdSense in general
I find it somewhat hard to believe that Google would punish sites that run AdSense.... it's that their bread and butter?
I have to think that google can make more money getting advertisers to buy the keywords directly rather than sharing the revenue with publishers. Everyone using adsense has given google all the data they need to make sure that advertisers ads are disPlayed on google for the long tail terms that were driving the publishers business. Since publishers depend so much on google for traffic they really made themselves obsolete.
I have to think that google can make more money getting advertisers to buy the keywords directly rather than sharing the revenue with publishers.
@Mr3putt I've heard this theory, too.
I've got one main broad-topic site which took a hit, and a few narrow-niche sites, which all seem to have benefited from this update. None of them have keywords in the domain.
It's almost as if google is telling me to break up my site into very specific sections and get a domain for each one of those sections. I guess by doing this sites will start to look less like content farms.
I haven't seen mentioned in these forums and that is the power google seems to be placing on DOMAIN NAMES in this update. (Although this could be a glitch, I sure hope so.)
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 11:04 pm (utc) on Mar 3, 2011]
I wonder if what you're seeing isn't so much the keywords in the domain, but the effects on targeted, narrow niche websites?
did a site: lookup on a competitor and theirs is out of order too. wierd.