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  1. Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    The change was launched a couple of weeks ago. Have you noticed any effects?
    The only effect I have directly noticed is that eHow.com rankings show significant improvement.

    I hear that the same happened to StackOverflow, but I am not watching their SERPs.

    Heck, Matt's whole "update" could have been nothing but hard-coding those two sites as the original sources of content -- which is completely untrue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    The only effect I have directly noticed is that eHow.com rankings show significant improvement.
    What a bummer, I was hoping that sites like eHow, ezinearticles etc would be addressed. They're full of cr*p content.

  3. Quote Originally Posted by Loko View Post
    What a bummer, I was hoping that sites like eHow, ezinearticles etc would be addressed. They're full of cr*p content.
    Blekko banned all these sites from their index:

    • ehow.com
    • experts-exchange.com
    • naymz.com
    • activehotels.com
    • robtex.com
    • encyclopedia.com
    • fixya.com
    • chacha.com
    • 123people.com
    • download3k.com
    • petitionspot.com
    • thefreedictionary.com
    • networkedblogs.com
    • buzzillions.com
    • shopwiki.com
    • wowxos.com
    • answerbag.com
    • allexperts.com
    • freewebs.com
    • copygator.com
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    Blekko is cool. Especially for their awesome SEO features!

  5. Quote Originally Posted by hubert View Post
    I have a question here, howz Google gonna distinguish who is the original content owner?
    In the past, Google has been terrible at doing this. They appear to be claiming that they are now less incompetent at it -- but they refuse to divulge any factual basis for that claim.

    What can they check?

    • First date the document was recorded by GoogleBot
    • Domain authority

    What else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    In the past, Google has been terrible at doing this. They appear to be claiming that they are now less incompetent at it -- but they refuse to divulge any factual basis for that claim.

    What can they check?

    • First date the document was recorded by GoogleBot
    • Domain authority

    What else?
    Domain authority could be tweaked to add some sort of quality score based on the percentage of duplicate content or trust of the source. Though this could still result in a lot of false positives.

    Google has a new Chrome extenstion to report content farms and low quality sites:

    http://chrome.blogspot.com/2011/02/n...ites-from.html

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    Official Google Blog: Finding more high-quality sites in search

    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.
    Therefore, it is important for high-quality sites to be rewarded, and that’s exactly what this change does.
    11,8% is a lot. Hopefully it will work out alright but i'm curious how Google determines which sites are 'just not very useful' .

  8. This one is unofficially being called the "Farmer" update.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loko View Post
    11,8% is a lot. Hopefully it will work out alright but i'm curious how Google determines which sites are 'just not very useful' .
    It looks like deep links are the key to avoiding pain from this update.

    If you look at the sites which were beat down, many don't look like low quality sites. mathforum.org is a good example. Does that look like a spam site to anyone outside of Google?

    labnol.org and DaniWeb.com were also casualties.

    On the other hand, eHow and About.com were noticeably not caught in this algorithmic shift -- which causes me to label it a failure.

    YouTube and Blogspot did quite well... showing perhaps that being owned by Google is now the ultimate "quality signal" for ranking in the Google SERPs.
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by MrToad View Post
    As for me, I think this is just another reason to stop chasing the algorithm and focus on quality content and quality links.
    I am with you MrToad. I think of course it is important to be interested in the algorithm and how it works, but ultimately it tends towards content. All the algorithm aims to do is to rank quality content and even if google still has trouble distinguishing what is genuine, that is their ultimate goal. So it is a strong bet that if you create quality interesting content you will prevail.

    On another note I heard hubpages.com was supposedly getting effected by this, has anyone heard if that is true?
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by jjackjohnson View Post
    On another note I heard hubpages.com was supposedly getting effected by this, has anyone heard if that is true?
    View their obvious traffic drop on Alexa.
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