well, looks like google has been doing their homework
here is the "webspam" site mentioned
who owns this domain? you are in BIG trouble... you ruined it for the rest of us!
Ok. He didn't ruin it for you. No offense. You did and everyone did. If you didn't know types of links are like types of stocks, then you were/are sorely mistaken. High risk links, links in unrelated, spun garbage were bound to be caught. Now, I'm not saying spun content is bad, but linking from a health article to a mechanic website or a sports/baseball website to barbie dolls is quite ridiculous! I know people who ranked with that stuff for upwards of a year! I never subscribed to that.
I'm not trying to be "holier than thou" in this, but I thought it'd seem logical to not link to something completely unrelated. Related content (even spun) is better than unrelated linking. Period.
I don't really see from that article that they are going to be able to target spun content. Unless they do a manual review, I doubt that their bot is going to be able to pick out poorly spun content from normal content. Something I picked out in this article is "Notice that if you try to read the text aloud you’ll discover that the outgoing links are completely unrelated to the actual content." That reminds me of services like LinxFish. They would stick your link in the middle of Wordpress posts on entirely different topics and where it made no sense in the sentence. I don't know how widespread this is, but I can see why Google wouldn't like it.
I think people are missing the most important part of this post
The image he's referencing is of a terribly spun article with 3 links. He makes a comment about the spun content, but the part where he mentions those links are used in an unusual pattern is what got my attention. The spun content would be harder to identify through machine learning, but linking patterns is something easy to identify with a very large sample.
What could they be using to define "unusual"? Sentence to Link ratio? Word Count to Links ratio? 3 link pointing to the same site?
I agree here. It's not so much the spun content. It's the unrelated link in the content. I mean come on man? Seriously? What are/was anyone thinking? And, if you knew it was low quality, I hoped you know/knew it'd catch up with you.
dancin out of the top 100......
I'm dancing for terms I've been in the top 15 for, for 9mo-12 months. I heard that Google is doing some "rollback" as well.
For instance, look up "make money for beginners" or "make money online for beginners"
The top URL is : http://makemoneyforbeginners.blogspot.com/
I mean look at that URL! What the....??!?!?! No content? The title and h1 only have "make" in them. Yet, my site(s), with 100% unique content, informative content over 750-1k words just went to page 8-11? Makes no sense.
Well, something is going on. My main site that has been in the top 3 for it's main keyword for 5-6 years now has dropped to number 12 for that keyword, and my second best keyword that fluctuated between 9-12 has dropped to 64. This site has made it through pretty much every update for the past 6 years unscathed, never received one of those illegal backlink warnings, but this one got it. Funny thing is it's not even getting links from sites like the ones described at the google blog.
I think my days as an internet marketer are numbered too.
I want to give you some advice, if you're willing to hear it. I read this in a book and have heard to numerous times in my life. Never make life altering decisions on Mountain tops or in Valleys. Why? Because those times are marred by emotion. Weight this out. I've been online for 5 years and the last 2 have been the most brutal as far as changes, but I've made the most I ever have.
Just think, if you can't keep up with this, how is the business owner, dr, lawyer who needs leads and exposure going to?
If MS Word can pick up spun content, then so can the Google bots. Spun content just doesn't work as good as it once did.
Uhm, the computing power to do this for the WHOLE internet? Pretty massive. One day maybe, but right now, it's more about links and anchors. I do, from observations, see google picking up on LSI/relevancy better. Of course, the next step is spun content and grammar.
I got hosed bad too, about 4 hours ago. I thinkk they are going to have to roll this one back it seems a "bit" extreme.
Wait it out. Read my other comments to others.
lolz google does not roll anything back.. ever heard the song .. "working 9 to 5 what a why to make a living" ?
Disagree. Read my above comment about a site that hasn't ranked for terms in forever, but has no content, title, or h1 tag and is #1 for 2 keywords for "make money for beginners" and "make money online for beginners". Crazy. Their "refreshes" sometimes seem more like "system restores" and then they work back to where they want the algo to go.
We'll see. 3.1% of queries is pretty sizable compared to 1%-ish that other "refreshes" and "updates" had.
If these SERP changes I'm seeing hold, we are gong to need to turn off that "profanity" filter because this is a blood bath!
Too funny. Maybe be. Indeed. Maybe my friend.