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Sites that believe they have been adversely impacted by the change should be sure to extensively evaluate their site quality. In particular, it’s important to note that low quality pages on one part of a site can impact the overall ranking of that site.
you can have 8 banner ads and be /look fine
For one of my keywords, the positions are constantly changing every couple of days. Before the algo update, the page was ranked second, then moved down to 10, then 7th, and then 11th and now it settled at 7th since yesterday.
[edited by: Globetrotter at 4:25 pm (utc) on Mar 6, 2011]
It's a shame that AskTheBuilder was hit.
the pages are now returning a standard 404 error. I don't think I'm going to bother requesting a removal via Google... I'm not in a big enough rush, and with a site my size it gets crawled pretty quickly.
If you cannot have Ads in the content what's the point of having ads anyway? It's also the position the Adsense team recommend to put it there
Agree, but I think G don't want the ads in the content area.
[edited by: indyank at 5:03 pm (utc) on Mar 6, 2011]
Also - I don't get the reluctance to reduce ad units. There are only a small number of quality relevant advertisers for each keyword, and they will be in your first ad block. After that, they diminish in quality and your final ad block will have 5 cent ads in it. So remove them, they probably aren't helping you financially anyway.
Never do a nofollow for the sake of preserving PR to your site as google has long changed the way they distribute link juice.By having a nofollow you are just wasting the juice.It is better to credit it to the source.
Offcourse, this doesn't mean that you should not use nofollow at all.But it should be rare and there should never be a situation where you want to write most of your stories referring sources that you don't trust.
Our recent update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites, so the key thing for webmasters to do is make sure their sites are the highest quality possible. We looked at a variety of signals to detect low quality sites. Bear in mind that people searching on Google typically don't want to see shallow or poorly written content, content that’s copied from other websites, or information that are just not that useful. In addition, it's important for webmasters to know that low quality content on part of a site can impact a site's ranking as a whole. For this reason, if you believe you've been impacted by this change you should evaluate all the content on your site and do your best to improve the overall quality of the pages on your domain. Removing low quality pages or moving them to a different domain could help your rankings for the higher quality content.
Personally, I not only yanked mine, but I even made sure they all return 410 codes. If I ever decide to reconstruct any of that content, I'll not only redo the content so it's much much better, but I'll present it as a completely new url. The old is gone forever.
Whether or not noindex or a robots disallow is enough...maybe not.
Bing and Yahoo are too important to cold-shoulder. Take that into consideration when playing with Google's algos.