• http://www.healthwriterclachar.com sarah clachar

    How does this algorithm change affect syndicating content i.e. ezines.com or other article directories that have higher standards?

  • Ralko

    Hello, I’m from Spain and I own a couple of spanish business directories, being my main income sources. The farmer update has affected only the US, but it would spread worldwide soon, so I’m worried about my rankings.

    It’s difficult to have high quality content in pages as “lawyers in xxxxx (a little town)”, where the only stuff I can show to users are the very few business in that town. It’s obvious in a business directory you have many many pages like that.

    Any advices please?

  • http://www.wendypiersall.com/ Wendy Piersall

    Vanessa, did they say any more about the unintended collateral damage from the update? Two of my 7 sites were affected, but not as much as most other sites. If you want example pages I can provide them, but suffice it to say they are original content, not scraped by other sites, not stuffed with keywords, have significant numbers of Likes on Facebook and of course no black hat *anything* touches my domains. And YES, plenty of far less quality and relevant content is now outranking these pages.

    You know, if I just dropped a few places I could live with it. I would be 100% fine. The fact that my site has been affected worries me greatly, though, because they have stated that “low quality content” could impact an entire site rank. To any normal person, my content is not low quality. But now that the algorithm perceives it as such, will my entire site continue losing traffic? Because there is nothing to “fix” to make it any more compliant with Google’s guidelines.

  • http://www.job-interview-site.com/ J.S.

    Over the last decade, as Google became the dominant search engine, their AdSense group created an entirely new mini economy: that of the small independent publisher and expert.

    Some of these publishers made and sold their own products along with generating income by running Google ads. That’s what I did. Other publishers created unique content based on their unique personal expertise, but had no products of their own to sell. They did very well also.

    I noticed the AdSense team took great pride in helping small publishers earn enough that they could quit their day jobs and go full time into publishing their web site, blog, newsletter etc.

    Most of these small publishers / experts are “one man shows” or “one woman shows.” Sometimes it’s a married couple. Sometimes it’s a small family business. But mostly it’s a one person business.

    My own “one man show” was actually earning enough between our own products and the AdSense revenue that we could hire freelancers such as graphic artists and copy writers. We were stimulating the economy in our own small way.

    The revenue also bought me the time to create more new products. I even had time to write an eBook.

    Recently I’ve met a few of these small independent publishers who were once making a living in the AdSense mini economy. Some were twenty somethings, while others were in their 50’s and 60’s.

    All were exceptionally intelligent and highly motivated people.

    All were extremely knowledgeable about their subject matter.

    All had a real passion for creating new and unique high quality content. They loved creating the new content, and knowing that Google AdSense ads would probably reward their time, effort and expertise.

    It was a great mini economy. During this last recession, these small businesses probably grew faster than the overall economy. I know mine did.

    So it’s sad, that Google, for whatever reason, is now dismantling the economy they built.

    As I read this thread, I can sense that for most small publishers affected by Panda Search, that unless Google switches back to the old algorithm, their small businesses may not survive.

    Some publishers are keeping busy adjusting their web sites in hopes they will discover the new magic key to ranking high up in the Google searches. I sense this is more just to keep distracted so as to avoid the pain and helplessness of seeing one’s traffic and revenue drop off and knowing that next month you will have to find some other way to earn a living.

    I could be wrong, but I doubt there is much one can do to get back into the top 10 unless Google changes something. Thus I am not making any changes to my web site. It’s quality was good enough to attract over 6 million visitors a year and to have Google do two case studies on us. So I doubt our fall on Feb 24 was due to quality. Sorry Matt Cutts, I think your very wrong about the quality aspect of Panda Search.

    Perhaps one day we will look back on these last few years of Google AdSense and see it as a Gold Rush that suddenly and inexplicably dried up.

    Too bad. I thought that what Google did by creating this mini economy of small independent publishers and experts was pretty cool.