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I can still see a lot of crap sites ranking on the first position of the serps, simply because they have the keyword in the domain name.
I'm seeing less and less keywords in domains. Just today after some current searching I'm drawing a deeper conclusion.
I'm just offering caution to anyone shopping for domains. In my opinion Google didn't just lower the value, in fact I feel they killed it entirely.
Since when does a keyword in a domain equate to quality?
Since Panda, the only site I look after that was affected - lost 4 places on page one to Keyword domains - the sites that 'leap frogged' mine, are badly made, have very little content, slow to load and have, from what I can see, very little merit for the industry - apart from the Domain name.
[edited by: Webwork at 2:00 pm (utc) on Sep 6, 2011]
You seem to be the only one who is seeing this?
Is it time to say the keyword domain marketplace is dead? I'm sure people selling domains don't want to believe it just yet. For sure I'm noticing it. Anyone else monitoring those trends?
I can say regardless if people disagree with me, the fact is all those expensive auction domains are fools gold. Sure the Google algo can change but in this regard it's not going to imo. It's all about Panda right? Since when does a keyword in a domain equate to quality?
It's entirely possible that Google is retaining some value in .com, but lessening the rest.
In other words, one that niche can fit under the umbrella of say, CNET, Engadget etc, that keyword domain will succumb to the new Google way of establishing rankings.