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    Google Unnatural Links update ?

    Anyone here has received Google warning about " Unnatural Links " ? Some of my friends have received a message in their Google Webmaster accounts telling some sites Unnatural Links.

    I check all my Google Webmaster accounts and So far haven't received any messages. But This can be problematic since you can change or remove backlinks like some in-page element.

    Wonder if Google algorithm trying to move 100% towards content.

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    Recently, Google has been increasing to send email to webmasters with the help of webmaster tools to that person who is doing unnatural link building practice, but it's good work from Google to stop spam.

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    Google's drive to ranking quality content: definitely seen changes to SERPs overnight - but it is early days. It may take several days to complete the update or even be rolled back - have seen some strange results with rankings of old sites with poor content. Has Domain Age been given a boost?
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    Maybe it will be the end of all popular linking software like xrummer and scrapebox. Might be the end of social bookmarking and web directories. Content writers will have a bigger demand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluearrow View Post
    Maybe it will be the end of all popular linking software like xrummer and scrapebox.
    From what I've been reading on the Google webmaster tools forums, people are talking about how it's opening more doors for competitors to sabotage each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronLuke View Post
    From what I've been reading on the Google webmaster tools forums, people are talking about how it's opening more doors for competitors to sabotage each other.
    I totally agree its one of the first thing i thought when i the email, I got one on my account just warning about it. My sites are fine so far though fingers crossed.

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    i have had one of my sites penalised and it dropped from PR3 to PR-NA as i had been using services to build backlinks

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    24 hours into the new Webspam Update - this one is BRUTAL. I'm seeing Goog traffic-losses (meaning more accurately, keywords being pushed off of Page 1) of 20%-40% across dozens and dozens of sites I monitor. And this is happening across niche after niche.

    It's too soon to say, but I'm observing 4 things in the Position #1-#10 rankings on Page 1:

    1. Google's blogspot.com blogs are ranking better - higher than they deserve to.
    2. Legit bloggers with Google + Author profiles are showing up with their pictures more and more.
    3. Squidoo Lenses seem to still rank well.
    4. Age of most domains on Page 1 is very high - usually 4+ years
    5. YouTube videos with good keywords/SEO an increasing part of the mix.

    That's just my quick analysis 24 hours into this recent carnage. Anyone else noticing any discernable patterns in Page 1 of SERPS?

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    On the results page I am watching most closely it appears that there are retailers sites appearing in place of sites offering genuine information. (I suspect that most of these retailers are AdWords Customers.) Aside from WikipediA there is only one site and YouTube videos that offer real information, the rest are retailer pages with equipment.

    That site dropped off the first page earlier in the month for the best keyword. Yesterday it was not in the top 100 for the phrase, but site traffic actually increased a bit.

    An interesting side note is that with 2nd page traffic plus a higher percentage of Y/B traffic the time on site and page view metrics improved, but the Adsense clicks are all but non-existent. I have seen affiliate sales from the site as well, and the rate of click throughs on the affiliate adds is about the same as when it was on the first page.

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    penalizing site for unnatural links if people start using this to get rid of competition. Maybe Google will totally ignore all those unnatural links eventually. Which I think would be a good move if they do.


    I'm keeping an eye on site traffic but so far noticed only those usual fluctuations. I have been focusing on content rather than backlinks for a while now, Ever since Google has started this PandaMania . Apart from Bookmarking service here I haven't done bookmark submissions. I was thinking about doing some SocialMonkee submissions but now I have second thoughts about it.

    Any ideas about how they would judge links ? What about links spread by site visitors ? Like lets say someone here post a topic full of great free SEO tools and everyone decide to link to that post in their blogs and sites. Will Google see this unnatural too ? Or it will be just those social bookmarking, General directories, unrelated blog comments and xrummer forum profiles ?

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    I just checked again and my site is back in the top 100 at about 60. I had not looked past 100 so I don't know how far it had dropped. It sat at number 11 for a couple of weeks then once at 12 and day before yesterday it was at 13, then yesterday and earlier today it was missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluearrow View Post
    I was thinking about doing some SocialMonkee submissions but now I have second thoughts about it.
    I wouldn't bother. There network looks like it has been de-indexed along with Backlinks Kingdom's network. I was checking a few of there sites recently on both networks and I couldn't find any that were indexed, so I assumed the whole network was dealt with like how Google recently de-indexed Build My Rank, Linkvana and SEO Link Monster's blog networks.
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    I hope this will stop those xrummer spammers too. It has really annoying. I can't see I feel bad about this update. Now everyone will need to focus on building quality content. This will probably hit those parked domains too.

    @ Wink0r : If you haven't receive that message in Google webmaster tools then probably Google must have reverse the changes. someone my friends got back their old places in search result too.

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    message in Google webmaster tools
    I just looked again and I have no messages in WebMaster Tools. I had looked yesterday as well.

    I had let the site sit too long. It had a top 3 position for probably at least a year for the search term and the first alternate, so I got complacent.

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    If there aren't any messages in Google webmaster tools then you are safe ! These days everyone must add their sites to Google webmaster tools as soon as they launch their new sites.

    I wonder if Google trying to push everyone towards web 2, web sites to have more dynamic and continuously updated content.

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    I have an idea of what might have caused the big bounce there. I have two hosting accounts with different companies. I moved the site the other day because the one server is a bit faster particularly with anything needing database calls. I thought the faster server might help since Google likes speed.

    I have another newer site on that server. It is an alternative health site. When I set it up last year I had grabbed the theme from this site with all of my tweaks. I forgot that there is a footer link usually pointing back to the main site from the blog, but now pointing to the site I was moving, as part of the theme footer template. I had noticed it in WebMaster tools, so I corrected that. There were over 8000 of those footer links. They are way off topic from health to sound and with the move would be from the same IP address, so they would probably have been discounted at some point anyway.

    I'll have to keep my eye on things.

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    I cannot find my website I was working my way up in the SERPS and it is nowhere to be found. This was a hellacious update I take it. any ideas how to get this corrected ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jduke6 View Post
    I cannot find my website I was working my way up in the SERPS and it is nowhere to be found. This was a hellacious update I take it. any ideas how to get this corrected ?
    Have you received a message in your Google Webmaster account ?



    So 2 sites which share same IP and interlinked can get you into a big trouble. ? I might have the same problem. I have to check all my sites again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluearrow View Post
    Have you received a message in your Google Webmaster account ?



    So 2 sites which share same IP and interlinked can get you into a big trouble. ? I might have the same problem. I have to check all my sites again.
    I have not gotten anything from google in my webmasters account - how do you check the IP and interlinked sites? I have no idea if that could be my problem.

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    Ah sorry that part as directed at wink0r.


 

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