Yes I agree. Its a #*$! idea to rely on one company. People doing this (like we did until today) let that company run the web site. We did that.
I am still in the process of determining if panda update is the cause of the change. How can I be sure?
There is at least one thing troubling me:
The search phrase is <snip>. Try it yourself if you want :)
I did a search, the top two results are a news article containing a case study of somebody claiming to be selling the product, second is a website which essentially aims to do exactly what our website is doing -- selling the product.
I read that the panda update would use AI to rate websites more accordingly to how a human would. How can it be that a website which does exactly what we do, just 10 times worse rank 50 places or more higher? It is essentially identical to our website. The only difference is low quality photographs, ours has photographs by a top photographer in our country. The website has a few instructions how to order the product, we have a shopping cart. We have a top level domain name.
We have more information. Apart from that, the two websites are identical. I fail to see why the above differences but us on page 5. It would be more logical that two similar websites ranked next to eachother?
We are on the middle of page 5, perhaps you can find us after reading the above description :) that would be fun.
Anyway, how can you be sure the panda has struck? It sounds probable, but I think the above is a good point. Do you?
Also, hit number four on page 1 of the search is a blog we own. What do you reckon?
Thank you for your time.M
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 7:13 pm (utc) on Nov 17, 2011]
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