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Google’s Algorithmic Change-Did You Get Hit?



You may already know by now that Google made a big Algorithm change last month. I didn’t realize how severe this change had been until I kept reading new posts on the same subject from the blogging fraternity. It’s also the first time I’ve seen Google openly announced an algorithm change so publicly and fiercely if I might add too. Here is what is said from Official Google Blog:

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’s The Impact:

This change is impacting about 12% of search results, so many people have been greatly hit by this search algorithm change by Google.

Niche sites have been hit most simply because many people have been exploiting the relatively easy opportunity to earn quick money online this way. Even the recent Google May Day debacle did little to keep them away from going the easy route including creating MFA (Made for Adsense) sites at their own risks. Even if their sites were not specifically MFA, they still resorted to using clever softwares e.g. auto blogging software that could scrap content easily from other websites.

Google was targeting sites that are low quality and specifically those that do not add value for people. Some article directories fall into this category although interestingly with different magnitude. Even Ezinearticles took a hit although not as much as others. On the other hand I cannot understand why Hubpages took a very big hit from this algorithm change since it only accepts unique content before approving these pages. But as of now, duplicate content is still not penalized so long as they are not found on the same site.


Has the new Google Algorithm affected my 20+ niche websites?

No it has not and that is a relief. I can only say many of my niche sites’ keyword ranking remains the same because I preferred to focus on writing quality contents on my niche sites. I avoided any black hat techniques as I like my visitors to have a feel good experience when they land on my sites, even if they are a small niche site. So it pays to have unique content sites with good, useful information and it just reaffirms what Google looks for in a good website.

I did have a couple of WordPress blogs that are run completely on auto-pilot but not using the much Google loathed auto-blogging plugin. I used the WordPress plugin called UniqueArticleWizard, to publish free unique articles. I would say Google does not mind this because they are as legitimate as can be as I link back to the author of these articles. It would be kind of like guest posting on my blog.

Well let me know if you were affected by the Google Search Algorithm change in anyway. It just means that Google can be tough if it felt there was a need to make big changes even if it incurs the wrath of thousands of bloggers who are always thinking of clever and faster way to learn how to make money blogging.

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18 Responses so far.

  1. Landscape Design says:

    I was hit by this algoritmic change but in good manner. For some keywords my website was at second and third page in google and now i am on the first page at bottom for these keywords :)

  2. peterlee says:

    Hi Wilson,
    Good to see you here. Yes it always pays to be a friend of Google and not its enemy. Also it feels good to be providing your visitors that feel good experience when they come to your site.

  3. peterlee says:

    No surely you won't find Google mentioning that. I found it out while visiting other blogs who discussed this topic.

  4. I hate all the new rubbish- new comment system, advertisements, annotations, thumb voting, algorithmic demotions, etc, it's getting worse and worse and I can't stand much more of it!

  5. everybody is talking so much about the new algorithm changes, my personal belief is that the content is and always be the king. On page seo together with the age of the domain surpasses the linkbuilding efforts. so, yes I am always focussing on content, for both seo purposes and mostly for my readers

  6. I hate all the new rubbish- new comment system, advertisements, annotations, thumb voting, algorithmic demotions, etc, it's getting worse and worse and I can't stand much more of it!

  7. Suzaniland says:

    How bout sites what sells electronics where all have the same description?

  8. peterlee says:

    It's hard to say without seeing your sites. It depends on the content on these pages. If there is nothing but just a description, then it is not unique. But if it has unique content but with the same description of some sales pitch, then that's OK. But you should just monitor it on your own to see if there is any adverse results.

  9. Dejta says:

    Right on! If we consider Google as an enemy, we're going down. Just give them all the complexities of algorithm and let's focus on our entrepreneurial skills, our relationships, our networks.

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  11. Earnextraincomes1 says:

    Sounds like Google is very complicated- this is discouraging for a newbee to the world of Internet marketing.

  12. The new Google algorithm slapped some of my websites which have only one page or all-same template, but I'm going to leave them away and start building some quality and authority site.

    Peter, seems that autoblog is still working for you? I've been using AMR to build backlinks, I may try to create an autoblog with this software and see how far it can goes.

    What we really need now is quality content and backlinks, keep on working on them!

    Regards,
    Lee

  13. peterlee says:

    I only have one niche site using autoblog and yes it seems to work. However I try not to use it too much since Google does not quite fancy. You're absolutely right, quality content and backlinks are always key.

  14. I hate all the new rubbish- new comment system, advertisements, annotations, thumb voting, algorithmic demotions, etc, it's getting worse and worse and I can't stand much more of it!

  15. […] other factors too. If you don’t then you lose out. I just have to remind you of some recent Google Algorithm changes to bring this point to you. Like the   Google’s Panda Update or the May Day Update. And […]

  16. this is right only. to prevent some spam it is the good way and it is easy to identify the quality site.

  17. used tires says:

    I am really not sure if I was affected by this Algorithmic change. These changes happen so often though, and all the ups and downs, it is tough to tell which change has really affected my website. Nonetheless, all these changes should serve as a wakeup call to all of us… we can go from heroes to zeros so fast in this ranking game. Its great to be ranking in the first page, but with just a simple change Google can take it all away from us!

    -Jean

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