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[edited by: tedster at 4:54 am (utc) on Apr 1, 2012]
[edited by: Play_Bach at 9:16 am (utc) on Apr 26, 2012]
What should also be taken into account is that off-page SEO is designed to mimic what occurs naturally i.e. building backlinks deliberately in a way that would normally happen naturally in an ideal world.
That is exactly what I said earlier
I also strongly believe that if a site with proper on-page SEO for her niche terms had engaged in some targeted backlink building (prior to this update) they would have blown her out of the water
Another unpolished diamond?
It's funny how many people say they do x,y,z as it is necessary for ranking, but also that they have never violated quality guidelines.
Nope, its a Google fail.
Structure, coding and the rest help Google in correctly understanding the content. That's SEO, Google style.
Paid, swapped or otherwise built links not legitimate ways to get pages to rank, according to G.
Like it or not Google's algorithm was built on counting backlinks
on-topic, organic links are powerful, as is content. Google deliberately rewards those.
IMO now that they have messed with the fundamentals of how their search engine works everything has went haywire.
But all SEO seems to be getting targeted not just the black hat because Google can't tell the difference between good content and bad content
Some people obviously think they should devalue all types of SEO and IMO this is a basic misunderstanding of how SEO works.
Anything that enriches the web should be rewarded. Proper SEO should always enrich the web. Proper SEO is just marketing and everyone in this forum is a marketer - so is Google!
in the results I'm looking at it's not just good websites being usurped by bad websites, it's also relevant results being usurped by irrelevant results