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If you suddenly lose one aspect of your SE marketing it shouldn't tank the entire business.
There is simply no other reasonable explanation for these insane algo tweaks and the way/speed/frequency they are being implemented of lateWell there is, they are not happy with results and trying to correct it, but failing probably as the underlying Panada is not correct. Have a funny feeling...lots more changes to come and these may be on the fly rather than data pushes.
Regardless of your arbitrary opinion of a website, it still doesn't change the fact that in 99% of the cases an EMD is always related to the content of the website.
Now, whether the website is "quality" is a different discussion. Your claim was that EMD is no longer an indicator of relevance and you couldn't be more wrong. Again, people buy EMDs to build websites around the EMD, thus almost always the EMD will be a top indicator of what the website is all about. What EMD is NOT - an indicator of quality, but I don't see how you can dispute relevance.
You're assuming again, that those upset, are depending entirely on Google.
Whilst it may seem to you that all eggs are in the google basket in reality google may be the only basket that is / was still performing.
[edited by: Kufu at 4:54 pm (utc) on Oct 1, 2012]
How so? It just removes a method commonly used to game the system with EMD's vs. good content. I'm sure if you have both then your site will be fine. If your content sucks you'll obviously suffer.
[edited by: WebPixie at 5:43 pm (utc) on Oct 1, 2012]
Seems like the update is a bit of a mixed bag of results.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 5:53 pm (utc) on Oct 1, 2012]
They think they are now clever enough to rank sites properly without using the more obvious signals like this but the results would suggest that they are a bit off the mark as yet.
People looking for candy coating should seek out M&Ms. ;)
Being unfair doesn't make it untrue.
I'm assuming people will update here with positive movement