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Yes Planet, it seems to be like Panda:-
I guess the evidence in the story above, where Google told me it operates that way. I mean, you donít have to believe that, I suppose. But thatís what they say.
[edited by: crobb305 at 12:55 pm (utc) on May 12, 2012]
We have a network of sites.
The link profile we had is not too questionable...
...and possibly nested in alt tags it really adds up.
As far as I've seen lately, most of the sites that were hit are being hit because of having spammy links.
The link profile we had is not too questionable but the link profile did signal a lot of so called money words. This in my opinion signals google to say "OK these links are legit but let's make sure they aren't over doing it on page with these words".
Can you clarify what you mean by that?
How many sites? Are they on the same topic(s)? Are they interlinked?
Again, it would be more helpful if you could give more specifics. How many links? What types of sites were they on? Are they natural links - or did you do something to create those links?
Yes, that is a good point that people might overlook.
Also I think it is important to look at internal links as well. Specifically, anchor text of internal links.
Also: watch your incoming links. After Penguin my total number of reported links in GWT fell about 10%.
I have noticed that sites in my area that are ranking high after penguin have the least content on the home page. I did cut my content in half after the up date. and have now moved back to the middle of the 1st page.
I also noticed on another site which has rentals on it got hit for certain keywords. As I name the condos on the home page and have repeated the name of different condo names over again. I know if I remove all the condos on the home page my ranking will go back up, but the user
will have to find the rentals so the user's experience will go down.
I have 1 competitor who has 0 text on his home page just a map with links and he shot up to #1. Again no content has helped if you have good old links.
conclusion is google is giving the user a harder time to find good info.
I threw some web2.0 backlinks and social bookamrks at the site that sells the small product but never got around to doing the same thing with the large product on the other site.
And of course the site selling the small product has been zapped, the larger product on the other site is untouched.
A very good thought - especially if the targeted phrase can be picked up elsewhere on your site, or handled by synonyms. Too much "match-y match-y" is clearly trouble.
Write for the targeted user. It does take extra work and effort .. but it's worth it for the health of your respective online business ;-)
I wonder if this is evidence that you can distance yourself from the backlink profile by removing the phrases from your page (rather than fighting webmasters to remove links to your site).
[edited by: Jez123 at 3:14 pm (utc) on May 13, 2012]
I accidentally replaced this htaccess file with an old htaccess file that didn't have any 301 redirects. Almost immediately my traffic returned to pre-penguin levels.