• http://seo-theory.blogspot.com/ Michael Martinez

    I think many people would argue that this rolling drop in rankings has affected far more than the independent adult industry. I am seeing complaints and concerns in all forums.

    But if they still had 1/3 of the datacenters left to go in October, with 1-2 months left on the rollout, that last 1-2 months rollout would coincide with what many people are reporting.

    The weekend of November 18-19 marked the start of the continuous flood of complaints at Google across multiple blogs and forums. I don’t believe there has been a week since that weekend where the activity died down.

  • http://www.wolf-howl.com graywolf

    Nice through writeup. Certainly wasn’t a conspiracy, but there was a lot of movement for a “non update”

    And so we’re clear Google wants us to believe they are clever enough to spot linking schemes, and text links that have been paid for, but aren’t smart enough to figure out pages with the same meta data may actually have different internal content …

  • http://sethf.com/ Seth Finkelstein

    I have some further thoughts in a follow-up post:

    Google, Sex, Blogs, and really determining Pornography vs. Erotica

    My *speculation* as to what happened, is that Google’s anti-spam algorithm got set a little too aggressively in terms of what sites are considered porn-spam, but the key element in affecting certain blogs was *linking*, not *language*.

  • http://www.yald.com pgrote

    Good write up, but quick question.

    You said:
    “I’d lose the part in bold. Having that same text in the same place on every page could — could! — be hurting the site under a new ranking system. If I were to change it, I’m make sure the title in its place was richly descriptive, maybe:”

    So that means breadcrumbs are no longer acceptable?


  • http://www.feedthebot.com feedthebot

    Danny, great suggestion for webmaster central, there is also some suggestions being made for the webmaster help Google group here…

    How to improve Google webmaster Help forum