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It's one thing to have a fantastic website, but search engines generally need a bit more to be able to confirm that, and to rank your site - your content - appropriately.
- John Mu - Google [productforums.google.com...] Thanks to RustyBrick for noticing this
[edited by: engine at 2:25 pm (utc) on Jun 21, 2012]
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proof that it is related to visitor activity
...That said, if you're engaging in techniques like comment spam, forum profile link-dropping, dropping links in unrelated articles, or just placing it on random websites, then those would be things I'd strongly recommend stopping and cleaning up if you can.
All the engines seem to agree that Ehow is "fantastic." I never trust their info, and I also hate how their site loads (ads that make it jump around while I'm trying to read). But if that's fantastic, I can sure see why sites that load in a non-disruptive manner and contain useful info might seem like crap. ;)
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