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.