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[edited by: tedster at 10:42 pm (utc) on Oct 2, 2011]
I get the impression you think think this chapter has a few more pages left
[edited by: kidekat at 10:10 pm (utc) on Oct 15, 2011]
We recently made a change to our search ranking algorithms, which you can read more about on the Official Google Blog: [googleblog.blogspot.com...]
According to our metrics, this update improves overall search quality. However, we are interested in hearing feedback from site owners and the community as we continue to refine our algorithms. If you know of a high quality site that has been negatively affected by this change, please bring it to our attention in this thread. Note that as this is an algorithmic change we are unable to make manual exceptions, but in cases of high quality content we can pass the examples along to the engineers who will look at them as they work on future iterations and improvements to the algorithm. So even if you don't see us responding, know that we're doing a lot of listening.
I'm guessing here, but major keywords, plus perhaps top 20 of others. So every time Panda demotes stuff, new dross that wasn't assessed surfaces.
[edited by: indyank at 2:39 am (utc) on Oct 16, 2011]
What really needs to happen is that they run it every day because that way everything would be assessed rapidly and they'd deal with new rubbish in a timely manner. After several thousand iterations, they'd probably get a good handle on what was good and what not so good. As it happens we've only seen a total of 7 iterations.A ray of hope among despair and unfounded conspiracy theories that question Google's motives.
I've just checked stats for a website which was probably hit on September 28th, because they had a 50% drop after that, but they recovered on October 4th. So, maybe we affected people shouldn't make radical changes now, but wait a couple days more to see if dust will settle.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:51 am (utc) on Oct 17, 2011]
[edit reason] fixed typo at poster's request [/edit]
Our 12 year old site which was ranking #2nd is now 12th but another site which we started a test with empty wordpress and 2 images with no content or anything is now ranking #5.
So this I know wont stay long and if it does I feel sorry for people searching. It seems like they reset the who thing and we must now wait for it to reconfigure.
[edited by: walkman at 1:44 am (utc) on Oct 17, 2011]
There is a rumor the Oct 14th update hammered sites with redirects and/or affiliate links that redirect.
80 links on my footer
From what I know, the best handling of affiliate links is to send them through a script that you disallow to crawlers.Yp and my sites hit on Oct 14th don't have any aff or other links at all, but just one unit of adsense well below the fold.