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Even though most of my sites are ok I am certainly staying away from EMD sites in the future.
How is it possible that domain was ranking as high as it was simply based on its domain?
I have found that most websites that are not testing user behavior are under-performing. Often, dramatically. Averaging 6 pages/visit may look great, but if other sites are running 9 or more then your 6 is actually not good at all.
The internet changes, Google clearly changes and we adjust. But I have to strongly disagree with any notion that using EMDs for some projects was a bad idea.
Cant be true, URL links are the most common and natural form of linking, what is not natural is "best yellow widgets" type links