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And what makes you guys think this is uniquely British behaviour?
I'm not sure at the moment - I'm going to spend the day thinking about a new strategy and see what I come up with.
Anyone with a hit EMD that wasn't previously hit by Panda or Penguin?
No - because the ranking loss not just the domain name, it's also Google's assessment that the content is low quality. That won't change with a domain change.
But there is still something else going on
I think when Matt Cutts says "low quality" he is basing it on the link profile and other measurable metrics, not the content itself.
suffer from the -950 penaltylooks you are right, Moved from 2nd page to last, so penalised for what? Has to be more than just EMD.
Link profile is already in the core algorithm. It wouldn't take an algo tweak to include it. Something more is going on here.
Possibly removing the higher set bar then opened up EMD's to Penguin. So perhaps an initial drop and then a plummet into the depths of Penguin.
JamesMacf is now at #1 ( in his target market )..for KW EMD..so the dust may not yet have settled..