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I have seen my traffic grow and I have always been upset to see so many poor site rank well because all of their time and effort was going into SEM instead of content.
I think google is using "quality signals" such as length of time spent on page and amount of content on the page.
The problem being we don't know what "improving" our site means in their eyes
If I sell wire, is an article on cable connectors relevant? Who knows...
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 10:35 pm (utc) on Apr 25, 2011]
apauto I don't know if I would directly answer your question in person ... that why? question in your post could easily be a 5 figure question to get answered professionally, look at the last paragraph in your post and think about it for a while ... Maybe you'll come up with something besides Google's broken.
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They're NOT Going to Change Their Algo for You or Anyone Else.
start trying to figure out the things they don't understand
A LOT of people thought they WERE following Google's guidelines, only to be crushed.
When I search for widgets that I sell that I am now on page 2+ for, the first page is nothing but forum posts, review sites, and nothing from an ecommerce site until page 2. Even articles rank higher. Not even the manufacture's site is on page 1
No, apauto, I'm not on the Google bandwagon ... I'm on the reality band wagon!
They're NOT Going to Change Their Algo for You or Anyone Else. PERIOD!
If you want your site to rank again, the 'Google's Broken' song is NOT going to help anyone ... People need to stop singing it and start trying to figure out the things they don't understand, like why the manufacturer is not #1 for the product query and why that might be okay, to get anywhere.
Rubbish ... Simple logic dictates if the update as an overall whole was not an improvement, as indicated, not by webmasters or what webmasters think is 'better' or 'worse', but by Google's visitors they would have rolled it back and made adjustments as they have done numerous times in the past.
I understand you don't want to give advice you can make 5 figures for, if I had your gift of knowing exactly how Panda is rating I might not either. But how about telling Matt Cutts why he isn't ranking for his own blog post [google.com...] ? He is #5 on my browser and we need an answer other than Google is broken, that's impossible. I took a screenshot just in case. #1 and #5 is a lot different in clicks as we all know.