Google algo change today?

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I am seeing massive drops on one of my sites across most terms. Is anyone else seeing big changes today?
#search engine optimization #algo #change #google #today
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  • Profile picture of the author momo3
    Yse I am too. It has just happened. I have lost a massive massive amount of rankings for my entire business. I am feeling borderline suicidal.
    • Profile picture of the author Lyanna
      Originally Posted by momo3 View Post

      Yse I am too. It has just happened. I have lost a massive massive amount of rankings for my entire business. I am feeling borderline suicidal.
      Same. I feel really bad because I really worked hard and my sites are good quality.
    • Profile picture of the author ketset
      Originally Posted by momo3 View Post

      Yse I am too. It has just happened. I have lost a massive massive amount of rankings for my entire business. I am feeling borderline suicidal.
      I agree, i mentioned in another post i had actually lost some sites altogether!? This is Google asserting their dominance in an era of no Competition - You must do what we say

      Where's a good rival when you need one!? What about Facebook becoming a Search Engine!!
  • Profile picture of the author Thinking_man_too
    One of my best sites jut got hit today. So much for "Write good content" It was 100% niche focused. 100% custom content. Well written quality. No warnings from google and no explanation. Sites that are above it, a lot of them are crap.

    Oh well. Time to figure out what the new game is.
  • Profile picture of the author esmein
    Same here. 100% unique, hand written. So much for trying to produce useful content. Google comes. Google judges. Google flips the table if it deems you unworthy.

    They have every right to do so, I can understand that. I'm just sick and tired of slaving on content 8-10 hours a day for beans to see it fall like that.

    Sometimes you just wonder if being straight-forward with your efforts pays off.
  • Profile picture of the author Thinking_man_too
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    • Profile picture of the author athenistic
      Hold on to your hats, guys - this update smells really funny.

      I've lost all rankings to pages - they aren't even showing up at all, but I have a massive increase of rankings for tag and category pages.

      All that and I'm still on first page for my main keyword.

      Methinks this is another blip. Don't do anything rash - I wouldn't be surprised if it were sorted out by morning.
  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    • Profile picture of the author saxenar
      Originally Posted by wolfmmiii View Post

      "Reward High-Quality Sites"
      Ha Ha Ha.
      On one of the biggest keyword
      "Make Money Online" there is a blank wordpress page on the top 10 (#7 in USA). With ONLY 1 SINGLE WORD- Make.
      So the definition of 'High Quality site' is- It should be light weight, neat & clean (every empty thing can).
      Remove your all content, keep only in domain/sub domain/page name.
      & Title, off course- 'Make'
      P.S.- Latest this site is now #1 on above keyword.
      Follow New Rule ASAP.


  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    ugh...So we are back to "make money online" returning an empty page on the first page of serps? Doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy.....
    • Profile picture of the author kduncan773
      Lost all my page 1 rankings for the homepage due to the update. Though the interior pages are ranking still.

      I have noticed that my homepage rankings are swinging a lot, from 300 to 90 back to 200 - all within a couple of hours.

      This might be a glitch (hopefully).
    • Profile picture of the author mrultra
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  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    same here ....lost ranking for most of the words i was ranking for...but as someone else mentioned am still on page 1 of google for main keyword....before today i was rank #1, this morning #2, noon #4 and now #7..........all other words i was on page 1 for are gone....on page like 9 for the one....ugh....

    you really think this is a blip?

    lost 90% of traffic to my site...wow

    any more info??
    • Profile picture of the author Thinking_man_too
      Now it looks like almost all of my sites were hit. HARD

      A few of the sites NEVER had any link building done ZERO. they were 2 of my original sites that i built before I new about links and never bothered to afterwords as by then I new enough to realize that the niches were not very good.

      I am deleting all my google analytics and webmaster tracking as the only thing I can think of at this point is google hit all the sites I OWNED. Related them to eachother and devalued all of them.
  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    ive not noticed any change to my sites. My newest adsense site which i built about a month ago continues to rise in the serps :-)

    i drastically try to improve my bounce rate and time on site on all of my new adsense sites now and it def helps in rankings

    paul
    • Profile picture of the author TheAdsenseGuy
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      ive not noticed any change to my sites. My newest adsense site which i built about a month ago continues to rise in the serps :-)

      i drastically try to improve my bounce rate and time on site on all of my new adsense sites now and it def helps in rankings

      paul

      Hey Paul,

      Can you tell us exactly what type of backlinking you were doing? Were you using spun content?
      Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author momo3
    I need people to tell me its just a glitch. I feel completely terrible. I personally feel if G does not roll some of this back, that this may effect the economy. I'd say its the biggest change G has ever done.
    • Profile picture of the author aygabtu
      Originally Posted by momo3 View Post

      I need people to tell me its just a glitch. I feel completely terrible. I personally feel if G does not roll some of this back, that this may effect the economy. I'd say its the biggest change G has ever done.
      I agree, this really really sucks! I've been using google adwords since the site was launched, spending around $750 per month to drive traffic to the site. This was losing me money every month up until this month, which I was on track to turn a small profit. All that money wasted?!?!?!

      Come on google! Get rid of the crap sites, but don't trash the good sites trying to promote themselves against long standing fierce competition!!!
  • Profile picture of the author Franksol
    Is it confirmed that G has rolled a new update? Does this has anything to do with the recent killing of blog networks and penalizing sites?
  • Profile picture of the author TheAdsenseGuy
    Yup. All my 10 adsense authority sites got wacked. Had many page 1 rankings on each website. They are now between page 5 and nowhere.

    There are some individual pages that are still ranked on the bottom of page 1 and 2. And hey what a surprise. I never did any backlinks to them using spun content. All the other pages I was using spun content for backlinks for the past year or so.

    So thats probably what nuked my sites. Anyone else see that same pattern?
    • Profile picture of the author aygabtu
      Originally Posted by TheAdsenseGuy View Post

      Yup. All my 10 adsense authority sites got wacked. Had many page 1 rankings on each website. They are now between page 5 and nowhere.

      There are some individual pages that are still ranked on the bottom of page 1 and 2. And hey what a surprise. I never did any backlinks to them using spun content. All the other pages I was using spun content for backlinks for the past year or so.

      So thats probably what nuked my sites. Anyone else see that same pattern?
      Maybe they aren't finished with me yet, but I still have a couple keywords not impacted or only dropped a few spots, but I used the same SEO techniques with all my keywords. Not sure why 90% of my keywords aren't even ranked anymore but some are(a very small number) are still in the top 10.
  • Profile picture of the author mrultra
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  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    yeah this is bizarre...something seems wrong here....right?
  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    i checked 10minuts ago, no change with my sites serp. same as before.
  • Profile picture of the author RyanHogan
    I'm thoroughly sick of Google.
    • Profile picture of the author aygabtu
      Originally Posted by RyanHogan View Post

      I'm thoroughly sick of Google.

      I agree! They have all the data they should need with google analytics installed, plus cookies every where tracking our every move. Can't they tell from all that data what sites give the best user experience? So what if we promote our sites through tools and other automated methods that may costs us money. How the hell is that any different that Coke spending money to promote themselves to your kids with ads on kid channels or even us paying google to post our links through adwords?!?!

      This is BS!
  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    im not sure what went on during the other algo roll outs because this is the first one that affected me....but does all this seem fishy?

    did this type of stuff happen during the other ones?
  • Profile picture of the author tshay
    Very weird - My best Adsense site, went from page 1/1st place to second place and I have 17 pages of great content. Now number one spot for my keyword has one page, and it only has 10 links on the page, no content, only the keyword in the domain name and it's a .com where mine has the keyword in the domain name but a .org.

    Google is strange and I hope they will fix this.
    • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
      Google's ranking changes are a total roller coaster. They do this all the time and change the game entirely.

      Are you getting any visitors from the other larger search engines? See if SEObook still has their Rank Checker tool available and working. It might not be a bad idea to also pay some attention to getting ranked on other SE's and not just Google alone.
    • Profile picture of the author Architex
      Originally Posted by tshay View Post

      Very weird - My best Adsense site, went from page 1/1st place to second place and I have 17 pages of great content. Now number one spot for my keyword has one page, and it only has 10 links on the page, no content, only the keyword in the domain name and it's a .com where mine has the keyword in the domain name but a .org.

      Google is strange and I hope they will fix this.
      That is nothing. I have 1000's of pages of content, a PR 5 site, and 11 years old site and now I am nowhere to be found. I am glad I do not get the majority of my business off G. This is beyond ridiculous. I do not even rank for my companies name without the .com now and I was #1 earlier today and have been for years. My Facebook page ranks #4 though. Pretty LOL if you ask me. This will obviously have to be tweaked. The results are nowhere close to being helpful to the G user.
  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    im not sure...but i am hoping to wake up tomorrow and be sitting pretty again....my rankings dropped yesterday evening....i got a solid 23 visitors today....sick
    • Profile picture of the author aygabtu
      Originally Posted by wAvision View Post

      im not sure...but i am hoping to wake up tomorrow and be sitting pretty again....my rankings dropped yesterday evening....i got a solid 23 visitors today....sick

      Yep, it is definitely inconsistent. I used the same SEO process for all my keywords and most dropped, but I still have a #1 positioned keyword, and a small handful in the top 5 and 10. But most dropped 50+ positions or aren't even ranked anymore.

      Like I said, same site, different keywords going to different pages, but same on-page and off-page SEO technique.
  • Profile picture of the author coronaborcalis
    One of my website always got hit every time Panda comes but always back after couple of months and yes search engine is all about mystery and weirdness
  • Profile picture of the author Ashera
    Every single one of my sites found a major boost in the SERPS today, and the ones already at #1 are still there. Look's like my manual labor and white hat tactics are paying off. I do feel sorry for all that were hit by this but it's a wakeup call that automated SEO tactics and junk backlinks are only a temporary solutions.
    • Profile picture of the author wAvision
      Originally Posted by Ashera View Post

      Every single one of my sites found a major boost in the SERPS today, and the ones already at #1 are still there. Look's like my manual labor and white hat tactics are paying off. I do feel sorry for all that were hit by this but it's a wakeup call that automated SEO tactics and junk backlinks are only a temporary solutions.
      ive never used a single automation tool......as many others that got hit.......
    • Profile picture of the author Yimes
      Not everyone that got hit today used black hat or had bad content. I have a wide variety of sites ranging from sites about my interests to sites about my work. Most fared well with very little change up or down.

      One site did get hit hard and for me it is the one I would have least expected.

      The site is about a legal claim against an insurance company. I am a Lawyer by trade and I put this site together a couple years ago to help people make this specific type of claim without needing to hire an Attorney.

      The content is 100% original and it clearly explains the claim and how to make it successfully. It was sitting at #5 for the main keyword and in the top 12 for several others. It is somewhere around page seven or lower now for all keywords. The first page now has sites relevant to the topic, but they are all sites looking to sell the information I was giving out for free.

      I was not asking for anything in return and did not even have my name or telephone number of my Firm on the site. I know that the user looking for this information has lost a valuable resource. BTW, most of my Adsense sites and Amazon sites remain where they were.

      The reason I write this is that a fair number of posts here seem to insinuate that if you got hit it is because you were doing bad things and deserved it. If you believe this, then you should drink the Google Kool Aid because you obviously believe that Google is perfect and can do no wrong.

      The truth is, that this update, like the one rolled out and reversed last week (or whatever that was) has hit some legitimate sites and has made some search results look downright stupid.

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