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I'm not afraid of speaking up and getting smacked by the next update. If you ARE afraid of speaking up because you might get hit by the next update my advice would be to start fixing your site now.
There are no tactics Google doesn't know about, just ones they haven't dealt with yet.
if I was unaffected I'd be reluctant to post up here what I'd done for fear of the next "quality update" shooting it down in flames. I'm not worried about people coming back at me verbally either. Perhaps I should have been clearer that what I meant was that I'm not worried that speaking up here means that I'm going to be targeted by the next "quality update". What I did to be unaffected by the update is the things that Google wants a site to do anyway. If you know you are doing stuff they don't want, I guess one might be worried about speaking up.
If you know you are doing stuff they don't want, I guess one might be worried about speaking up.
The affected one is the oldest (5 years) and is the one site that does have about 50 backlinks with not enough anchor text variation. I'm beginning to suspect the "low quality" angle is not related to content but to anchor text...(SevenCubed)
I'll go so far as to speculate that when a site exceeds their algorithm's capability of containing it within their predefined limits they will write an exception to push it back downInteresting - I reached the same conclusion a few days ago after analysing our visitor numbers against Google updates ( all of them ).
@MrSavage - can you confirm this. You talk about possibly thin content and one of many sites. It kinda sounds like you were in the above category.
Regarding this topic. @Whitey I'm not really sure your question exactly. Can you clarify? I'm a bit confused.
If correct then diversifying inbound anchor text and reducing on-site optimisation might see EMDs increase rankings as Google refreshes the data.
inbound anchor text and reducing on-site optimisation
My EMD was hit hard. The drop in search queries as reported in Webmaster Tools is steep with the top ten terms now all in the red.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 10:37 pm (utc) on Oct 13, 2012]
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An EMD can only be an exact match for one term. Either you were caught in one of the other concurrent updates or the EMD algo also catches some PMDs, though I've always found Matt Cutts to be pretty precise in his choice of words.
I believe this is an over-optimization penalty which is keyword-based
I believe this is an over-optimization penalty
Has anyone with significant non-matching traffic also seen that traffic fall off when this new EMD algorithm kicked in?