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If anything I don't have enough of them.
The site is in the travel niche
I've noticed a lot of sites in my niche that used to be prominent are now gone.
Whether that outcome was intentional or not, that is the current reality for travel searches. The worst effected seems to have been the small to moderate sized affiliate sites which suffered a huge wipe-out from the original Penguin.
Google has never been shy about its hostility to "thin affiliate sites," and there are plenty of those in the travel sector.
it's unfortunate that Google seems to have thrown up its hands and focused on brands, but the reason for that shift isn't too hard to discern: If Google's algorithm can't distinguish Scheiss from Shinola, it makes sense to favor sites that are likely to be acceptable to searchers.
If your travel site survived until Feb 2014, then some would say you have done exceedingly well.... but you were probably always on borrowed time.
Sorry for the pesimistic outlook... I've been trying to get some contrary opinions on the fate of travel sites for a long, long, time.... but I've yet to see a differing opinion.
we are effectively saying that the combined efforts of the world's greatest collection of PHD's, applied over 12-15 years, has brought us to a search algo that can't recognise quality or relevance but instead falls back on the old, discredited position of "big must be better". Really….?