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But serps are so bad, that it looks like every second site was in this network and be punished directly or indirectly. Meanwhile is see ebay/amazon affiliates rise to the top.
For example, I searched for a "large red widget" and they ordered it "widget red large." To a human this would make no sense, but Google is giving them a lot of love.
The problem with penalizing websites that use exact match terms is that it deviates from how human beings ordinarily communicate. If that is why many of the small but quality topical sites are gone from my search query, I'd hate to see what it would take for them to recover. Judging by what I viewed, they might be able to recover by throwing all their text into a blender and posting it to their pages. Sad it is, but what other lesson is Google teaching us in this case?
Sad it is, but what other lesson is Google teaching us in this case?
It is almost certainly what hit my site and why I'm down 20%.
It's starting to get to a point, where we all might need to team up and promote Bing on our home pages.
I've always appreciated Google as a company over the last decade. But the last couple years, they've made unacceptable changes in their search algorithms...and it's becoming borderline disturbing. Especially how they listen to nobody, and do whatever they want. Like an autustic kid playing with his legos.
Our site has ZERO ads.
(and I am also happy to say that Bing/Yahoo referrals are still slowly increasing).
[edited by: CaptainSalad2 at 12:43 pm (utc) on Feb 11, 2014]
That's interesting as over here eBay features big in Google Shopping. Infact since Shopping went paid it is around 99% eBay!