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I’m still getting lots of emails and articles sent to me about the well publicized “Google Alogorhytm Change” from a week agoo (Feb. 24, 2011) that is supposedly affecting and hurting some sites and webmasters – especially those who rely very heavily on article marketing to make a living.
1st off – let me say that you should NOT worry or be more concerned about this UPDATE than any OTHER update because the fact is Google is CONSTANTLY changing how it ranks sites and web pages – it happens regularly.
The main difference that I can see is that a few high profile “article sites” that are pretty darn big – maybe even TOO BIG – such as ezinearticles.com, buzzle, associated content, squidoo and hubpages in particlular – have been said to have a significant reduction in traffic from Google because THEIR rankings have dropped.
It may open up more slots for us and our high quality real content web pages!
Unless it is affecting you personally and you have seen TRAFFIC go down – keep in mind almost every time something GOES DOWN that something else will GO UP! So – do not stress out about this!
Is it affecting ME personally?
NO! I can’t say it is. I have seen ONE of my big money keywords DROP off the front page onto page 2 – but I have so many of them that ONE alone is nothing to worry about and may not be related to the changes.
Hardly anything at all has changed for me and my sites. I’m still doing very well!
Traffic numbers are the SAME overall.
Plus – this kind of stuff happens day to day so who is to say this is even related to the BIG CHANGE???
One of the things I teach people is that you need to diversify and not put all your apples in one basket.
If all you do to make a living is submitting your articles to ezinearticles, you might be in trouble! If you have your own sites that deliver value to the end user and you are NOT a one trick pony – you will be fine!
If you have more than one site or better yet several or many and you mix things up and deliver value to the user – you should not be impacted very much or even at all by the recent changes at Google.
If your sites offer real value with good site structure and no dirty tricks you should be fine – perhaps even better off as more slots are opening for you to rank in easier.
Google still wants good sites with value to rank on top. That’s exactly what we do – right? They just want a few sites in particular that offer LESS VALUE to rank on top LESS OFTEN!
I think that’s good!
So what are the changes that Google has made in ranking sites???
Who knows for sure. Also – it is NOT affecting ALL RANKINGS.
I have checked and I still have the number one position for my most important sites that I have been working hard to keep on top. No drastic or radical change there.
As far as I can tell Google has made a decison to devalue pages from certain kinds of sites – they happen to be some of the BIGGEST article sites – mainly ezinearticles.com as I hear them crying the loudest right now.
To be honest – I never did think that ezinearticles.com deserved so many TOP RANKINGS just because of their overall JUICE (PageRank).
They are crying big time because to them a change that affects a lot of their rankings is enough to hurt them because ALL OF THEIR APPLES are in one basket pretty much.
They live on the free traffic they get from Google and their Adsense earnings.
You can LIVE or DIE by one site alone – especially if you count on traffic from Google.
ezinarticles.com in my opinion never realy delivered premium value content. Their articles have always been pretty weak. and they are really not even special or unique because people take their articles and put them on many other web sites.
I’m not saying ezinearticles does not deserve any traffic from Google – they do – but I can see how Google may have looked at them and how they seem to rank on top for almost anything and Google said hey – let’s tweak a few scoring factors so ezinearticles.com – which is a low to mid value article directory is not ALWAYS rewarded with a top ranking UNLSS they REALLY deserve it.
So this may be good for us – because now – ezinearticles.com and other alledged MONSTER article type sites will need to EARN their rankings with more text links just like us regular folks!
We’ll get MORE top rankings because our pages are BETTER and we have more LINKS pointing them!
That’s good, right?
I’m curious what you think. Tell me!
Also – here is a revealing blog entry from the main dude at ezinearticles.com that has a comment tsream a mile long! People are really reacting strongly! Christopher at ezinearticles is scrambling and is really worried, complaining and even originally said he was changing the author bio links to NO FOLLOW to try and make Google like him more. It may make Google happy but it will hurt him even more if he pisses off the people who use ezinearticles.com to get links.
That’s why most people submit articles to them, right??? For the text links from an authority site and for the traffic ezinearticles got from top rankings on Google.
If you asked me – ezinearticles is going TOO FAR to kiss up to Google and try to show them it is a PREMIUM CONTENT site deserving of MORE top rankings. I’m sorry, but the stuff that they do is not really PREMIUM quality f you asked me and they don’t deserve the top spots based on their level of quality or hie monster PageRank.
I’m not saying ezinearticles is bad. Don’t get me wrong. ezinearticles.com has been a fine place to submit articles to get backlinks and traffic. BUT ezinearticles does not AUTOMATICALLY deserve top rankings because their content is better – in fact – very often it is NOT as good as the other stuff out there.
Here is the link to the discussion at ezinearticles:
Read it at your own risk! There is some negative energy in there for sure!
It’s very long and filled with many ANGRY comments and over-reactions.
There is no reason to fight over this stuff – at least not here – what we do is offer value and hopefully we deserve all the top rankings we are getting!
Also – here is the official announcement from Google:
What do you think?article marketing, PLR Articles, rankings
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