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And rightly so. Why should a site rank just because it has the right domain name, if it has mediocre content?
However from what I can see, keyword domains with a great content are just as strong as ever.
Any idiot can buy widgets dot com. Why would that automatically make it a better site?
Google doesn't give a toss about quality its all about pushing its own products and messing the serps up so much that the only way to get traffic is to buy ads
make your own decision about what their motivation is.
You can have the perfect 1 or 2 worded domain...with perfect SEO on the main page..and still might not show up anywhere...
I think the problem so far I'm seeing in this thread [I haven't made it through the whole thing] is people are delusional about SEO these days. The evidence being so many posts like the above, which are totally contradictory -- If you don't even show up in Google [obviously] the SEO of the site is not perfect.
Maybe all that is needed is to create a carnival on your homepage with a lot of little distractions that baffle the user.
Ok, look if I am a spammer am I going to spend very much money for a domain name (a premium domain) on a throw away site? The rage is churn and burn and it works. So is Google fighting spam or enabling spam with these new rules?
Why would they put crap content on their valuable domain right? So they should rank!
Or you have to work really hard TO show up again for your targeted keywords.
[edited by: goodroi at 6:28 pm (utc) on Jan 29, 2014]
[edit reason] Making examples more generic [/edit]
So on another thread it was discussed by Goodroi how much description should be used to describe a product. It appeared the majority favored something less than 100 words. Maybe closer to 50. So going back to this CONTENT theory how will a site listing 12000 products ever outrank blogs and news articles if Google is so hung up on CONTENT. I take it at Google they all read the 30 page documents instead of the executive summaries. There you have some CONTENT.
It should not trump by any means but it should carry weight. Other things like an SSL should, a shopping cart. Potentially EV SSL only because it does provide for some external verification. Dedicated server etc
Starting today (Jan. 29), the first seven of hundreds of new generic top-level Web domains—the suffixes that appear to the right of the dot in a domain name address—will go live on the Internet. If all goes as planned, hundreds of new domains will roll out all year representing the largest domain name expansion in the history of the Internet.
What's rolling out?
Donuts, the largest registry for new gTLDs is introducing: .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles and .ventures. The registry, which applied for more than 300 gTLDs, plans to roll out an additional seven on Feb. 5: .camera, .equipment, .estate, .gallery, .graphics, .lighting and .photography.
From what I've read, most of these new domains will be very expensive, which could be a "signal" that whoever owns one is a "serious player", and therefore merits a higher ranking just on the basis of having the money to pay for it.
I've also read that some big brands have been given an opportunity to buy these domains ahead of time in a special private auction.
i wonder how the search engines will handle the new special domains that started rolling out yesterday