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Been like that for months. Check the backlinks they are being pushed up with the spammest links you can build - and it's working great.
Yeah, I've been watching it, but I thought surely it was going to be temporary. It's getting worse and worse, and all so a few 5 to 10 year old established sites with trust and perhaps a handful of bad links can be punished. It is a scammer's haven now. Fly-by-night sites and press releases.
I know this all to well. Negative SEO is rampant in this niche right now and it's working - victim of it.
In a case like this, it seems to me that Google should have their human evaluators contimually check the top results to protect consumers from fraud.
How about them YouTube videos dominating the finance SERPS?
<snip> Some of these sites were nailed over the past year or two because of Google's immature view of unnatural links. <snip>I am in part thinking that is part of why my main site (a now relatively broad based forum) literally crashed after the 25 July "update" - So many "unnatural" links.
[edited by: Elsmarc at 5:08 pm (utc) on Sep 2, 2012]
I saw a big change on Mozcast yesterday. Most change recorded since the beginning of August. It looks like something may have started to roll out Friday-Saturday.I do see some sites that were heavily suppressed are now appearing in the positions 40 to 70. I see at least 3 that have returned to the top 100. And prior to today, they were well above 200. I still see the press release garbage, so I don't know what to make of it.
"MozCast is a weather report showing turbulence in the Google algorithm over the previous day. The hotter and stormier the weather, the more Google's rankings changed."