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    Or those who will learn how to game the new system.

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    There's a post on http://www.seroundtable.com/google-u...012-15023.html that reports that the SEO crackdown has begun over the last 20 hours. There's are 25 or more complaint threads have been started in Google Webmaster help and there's noise on WebmasterWorld.


    I haven't noticed anything. But with this many complaints something must be happening. Though it could be Panda or some other update as well.

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    Based upon some of the comments, it looks like Google is going after interlinked sites that are under one WHOIS.

    This could be an extension of the Google assault on blog networks on March 19.

    The usual vague notices are also being posted in Webmaster Tools accounts.

    With all of the assaults that Google has launched over the past year, their search results have not improved very much--if at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Based upon some of the comments, it looks like Google is going after interlinked sites that are under one WHOIS.
    Ir looks like the update was "rolled back"

    I don't think that it has anything to do with interlinking. The responses to the complaints were mostly "red herrings" i.e. one of the responses put the blame on link exchanges because link exchanges are "paid links". A lot of b.s. in my opinion.

    I just took a deeper look at complaint #11 where the business owner complains that he even disappeared for the keyword
    "red Chilli Photography" (now the the site is appearing). I took at deeper look at the site and he has a blog. All the blog posts are short 150 word blurbs and have approx 10 keyword backlinks in each article back to other pages. So, not so much interlinking sites but rather excessive SEO with regards to all the links in the short posts.

    I recall awhile back that Matt Cutts was asked about interlinking sites that you own and examples of corporate websites were given and in this case he said it was o.k.

    Though I suggest using the rel='me' tag. Youtube has started to use both 'rel='me' and rel='author' instead of 'nofollow'. I think that this is better. You want the bot to follow the content. But you are letting them know that it's you.

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    SEO company get banned adsense account but it's sites rankings are not affected:
    http://www.nichepursuits.com/i-just-got-banned-from-google-adsense-now-what/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    Ir looks like the update was "rolled back"
    Some people are reporting a roll back. It looks like it could have been an experimental update that didn't work quite right. I have have not yet seen any effect from this update on my sites, but a couple of sites owned by a friend were de-indexed and they are still de-indexed today.

    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    I took at deeper look at the site and he has a blog. All the blog posts are short 150 word blurbs and have approx 10 keyword backlinks in each article back to other pages. So, not so much interlinking sites but rather excessive SEO with regards to all the links in the short posts.
    I agree. You see this sometimes with news sites, but why would anyone want to do this with a business site? He has links set up for the words about, nursery, pre-school and a number of other individual words that have nothing directly to do with is business. That method does very little to reinforce keyword themes. The site could be getting flagged as 'spammy' just because of the poor SEO methods being used.

    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    Youtube has started to use both 'rel='me' and rel='author' instead of 'nofollow'.
    I wonder if this neuters the link juice just like the nofollow attribute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ribe View Post
    SEO company get banned adsense account but it's sites rankings are not affected:
    I Just Got Banned From Google Adsense! Now What? | Niche Pursuits
    This is interesting development. It seems that Google is pulling the plug on some MFA publishers. My thoughts are that the Adword publishers have complained that MFA sites are dominating their keywords. In one way you can't blame the Adwords advertisers for complaining. They could be spending a million a month and all the see if five page sites soaking up their money.



    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Some people are reporting a roll back. It looks like it could have been an experimental update that didn't work quite right. I have have not yet seen any effect from this update on my sites, but a couple of sites owned by a friend were de-indexed and they are still de-indexed today.
    Shortly after John MU responded to the problem, there appears to have been a rollback. Has your friends site recovered?

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    https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!msg/webmasters/p-14-ZbK5uc/y4ck-Zz9GGAJ
    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I wonder if this neuters the link juice just like the nofollow attribute.
    Possibly but some sites use rel="me nofollow"

  8. Most of the drops over the last few days were due to yet another Google bug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    Most of the drops over the last few days were due to yet another Google bug.
    Interesting. Google is getting way too giddy about all of their algorithm changes. They don't seem to take into account the way that they devastate businesses when they screw up. At least they admitted to this screw-up and fixed it rather quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    Has your friends site recovered?
    Nope. They are just independent blogs, but they appear to roughly fit the footprint for a blog network site. I think Google is going outside of the list of sites that they have identified as part of the networks.

    According to the Google Groups thread, it looks like a sites on a range of HostGator IPs were dropped from the SERPs. These sites are not on HostGator, but there are A LOT of WP blogs on HostGator.
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    Google has launched the SEO crackdown today. The update targets webspam rather than over-optimization and approx. 3% of search queries are impacted.

    “I think ‘over-optimization’ wasn’t the best description, because it blurred the distinction between white hat SEO and webspam. This change is targeted at webspam, not SEO, and we tried to make that fact more clear in the blog post,” Matt Cutts told Search Engine Land
    Read more:Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Another step to reward high-quality sites

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