I am very happy to say that Google loves me as Google’s algorithm change did not affect my websites. It is highly understandable that Google is absolutely sick of having “content farms” showing up in their search results. In fact I am sick of people steeling my content and everyone else’s without using Webmasters etiquette. I am glad that the guys that tried to take the easy way out got slapped!
Here is a brief quote about Google’s Algorithm change from the Google Blog.
Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.
What is Google’s Algorithm?
It is the system that Google uses to get the best search result to show up when someone searches in Google. They are constantly changing their algorithm because people keep finding ways to sneak into the search results when they do not really belong there.
I agree with Google’s decision to try and block out “content farms” but did they get it wrong? See the email I received from one of the largest forums online. Obviously Daniweb.com got hit bad by Google’s algorithm change because they have sent an email out pleading with members to add original content to the website.
DaniWeb needs your help to prove Google wrong
Welcome to the March 2011 DaniWeb Digest, which we start with bad news and a heartfelt plea to all members of the community, young and old, newcomers and long established, beginners and experts alike: if you care about DaniWeb, if you have found help for your problems at DaniWeb, and if you would like to see DaniWeb continue to provide that help free of charge in the future then you need to act now and help us prove Google got it wrong.
Google has recently implemented a major update to the algorithm it uses to perform searches, one of the biggest changes the search giant has ever made to the engine behind the interface in fact. The motives were sound, to crack down on those sites known as ‘content farms’ which exist simply to churn out hundreds of poorly written articles day after day as well as ‘Made for AdSense’ sites which generate revenue by having millions of pages of truly rubbish content. Unfortunately, while DaniWeb is neither of these things we somehow managed (along with other support forums) to get caught in the crossfire of this new search algorithm and have seen our Google traffic drop as a direct result.
Which is where you, the community that has helped build DaniWeb, the people who know just what a useful, relevant, vibrant and informative resource DaniWeb is come in. We need your help to help us survive this difficult period while the Google search algorithm irons out the bumps and DaniWeb gets back into the top search listings where it so obviously belongs.
Here’s what you can do:
Contribute, contribute, contribute. That’s the single most important thing you can do right now, especially if you have been a long time reader of DaniWeb but never really posted anything. Now is the time to start contributing thoughtful, helpful, in-depth postings. Please take the time to remind yourself of the posting rules first though. If there is something IT related that has been bugging you for a while, why not take this opportunity to ask the DaniWeb community about it? As long as you ensure that your question is thoughtful, in-depth and written in proper English (rather than ‘txt speak’ or broken English) you will be helping the community.
Maybe you can write some product reviews or programming tutorials for DaniWeb? As long as these are your own original work and not copied from, or published, elsewhere then we’d love to hear from you. It’s a great opportunity to build an online portfolio of work if you’ve ever fancied becoming an online writer.
The email continues and then finishes with:
To sum up then: please contribute, tell your friends and revisit regularly. We need you to give something back after all these years of DaniWeb helping others, please do not let us down now.
What happened to Daniweb when Google’s Algorithm changed? They sound absolutely desperate! This is very sad because I do not believe they deserve a loss of traffic.
How did I avoid getting hit by Google’s Algorithm change?
- I always post original content. I have never compromised on quality. I would rather wait until the content reaches a certain standard before it gets published.
- I do not buy or sell links on my websites. I do sell a 125×125 add.
- I do believe that duplicate content is bad. (Even though many will tell you it is OK to use)
My traffic has increased and I have moved up in rankings in every way. This website did drop to Page rank 2 but from experience, I expected that. I will get a PR 4 or more back next time because I will just keep working on it. The traffic increased on all websites. maybe it’s got something to do with my new onpage SEO techniques. I know a few of you guys are using the same methods as me and I would be interested to know how Google’s algorithm changes affected you?
Please add your thoughts below about Google’s algorithm change.