View Poll Results: Have you been affected by any of the Google updates?

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  • No - My Google traffic is still strong

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  • Yes - But my Google traffic recovered

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  • Yes - My Google traffic is down

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  • Yes - My Google traffic virtually disappeared

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    Affected by a Google update?
    I've seen so many posts about people having their sites affected by various Google updates that I thought it would make a good poll. Have you been affected?
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    my google traffic is about half of what it used to be.. I have dropped out of site on one of my MAIN keywords... not sure why, fingers crossed that Google is a wheel, like KA is a wheel, and it will all come back around.

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    you never put,,
    yes my google traffic is up ??
    mine is up
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    Mine's down, again - as of April 1?. Traffic goes up and down whenever Google does something ... so, everyone who's profiting now, wnjoy "my" revenue. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil
    you never put,,
    yes my google traffic is up ??
    mine is up
    Stick with "Still strong" which can include going up

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    I was hit really hard by Google on December 16th and these days about the only traffic I get from them are via "images.google.com". It's so bad that when I do a search for my domain name I don't even show up on the first page, yet sites that are linked to mine do. Don't know how that is possible but it's pretty weird and, apparently, I'm not alone as lots of folks are reporting the same phenomenon. I don't know why Google hit me so hard as I do not use datafeeds at all, and I certainly don't have any monkey business going on either. I have around 300 pages indexed by Google but most of them have plunged into oblivion after having enjoyed 1st page rankings on various keywords for over a year. Guess I'll just have to be patient and hope that things improve eventually.

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    thats what i did
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    How long did it take for your traffic to come back Neil?

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    Yes I was hit hard by Google in DEC of 2004. I am starting to see a little bit of traffic by google. But I wish it was back to normal.

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    up,,,up,,,
    mine went up,, not down...
    and stayed.....
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    Three Years Of Tough Google Updates
    Hey Guys,

    Yep, traffic way down across my network of sites. In my three years online I have seen about three very tough updates that have knocked me around quite a bit. This last one was real brutal.

    Hang in their, thank the lord for msn as well as yahoo and focus on those engines, possibly one day google will toss us a bone.

    Cheers,

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    Otherwise, I had been hit incredibly hard the last 6-9 months on ALL my sites. I can see one or two that have going down since they do have a large amount of banners and outgoing links but the others, I am not sure why.

    With one of my sites I have been doing a test since Sept. In it I have been submitting it to ffa's, free classified ads atc. You know the kind of stuff that they say the search engines are suppose to penalize you for. Well anyway, when I don't continually submit to these sites daily my sales and PR starts to fall, when I submit 2's a day, my PR rises and my sales go up.

    Now this is quite contrary to what everyone is saying and I don't know how much of a coinsidense it is, but for 8 months I can continually predict how good or bad the site will do.

    If I knew that in the long run I would not get banned I would continally submit to these sites 2-3 times a day.

    Has anyone else tried any type of testing to see if they can get results that are contrary to convential wisdom?

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    Are you aware that all 3 of the links that you have in your sig are not working?

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    i spoke to soon ,,,,,bo^^ocks,,
    i was ok yesterday on google..
    today it has gone tits up,,,

    it seems like i am on and off google
    more times than charlie and camilla`s wedding..
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    All of my sites were creamed. From just over 1,100 unique google visitors a day to 3 or 4.

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    Jazz Times I'm in about the same as you.. Except mine is over 5000 to basically about 10 a day

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    All of my sites were creamed. From just over 1,100 unique google visitors a day to 3 or 4.
    ouch !
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    Thanks JC101 and Neil. I'm regrouping....I'm just entering my third year in affiliate marketing. Thanks to Leader, womanht, and others who have always recommended salting away cash for the tough times. (I also have a full-time job, so the pain is manageable).

    Finished my taxes this morning. Last year was a good year. Hopefully this one will turn around.

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    I believe Google was a better company before they went public. Now with every investor hands in the cookie pot and the advent of MSN search and other search engines the guys over there are just money hungry now.
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    I just had a #4 yahoo dynamite-page (making about $250 per month) go to #35 today but thanks to the last update, I wasn't even phased. That last big update was an eye opener. It made me realize a few things:

    1. I better hang on to my day job if I have to rely on search traffic to feed my family!

    2. Be patient and work on sites that are true quality. Work for the future rather than the present. My yahoo page that dropped out of site was nothing special - frankly I was amazed that it ranked so well for so long.

    3.There are a lot of things in life more important than money beyond what you need to keep in a place to live, food on the table, and other basics.

    Ironically, Google adsense is now my best single source of affiliate income.
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    Ironically, Google adsense is now my best single source of affiliate income.
    A lot of folks here won't admit that - Build quality pages my friend it will pay off in the long run.
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    up and down ,,,up and down,, up and down....

    wiped out yesterday,,,,
    back at number one today ????....
    i cant understand why i look everyday..
    it does stress you out,,
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    Is google penalizing sites for being affiliate sites? I rarely see affiliate sites on the first page anymore, for many keywords.

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    It's common knowledge that G penalizes duplicate content, which is what makes up a large percentage of affiliate sites. If this describes your site and you were wacked by G lately, figure out a way to make your content unique.

    Also, link exchange programs and site-wide link buyers were hit hard by the last updates.

    The roller coaster that you are seeing with G is due to the swapping of data centers. I've seen results from six different data centers here in Phoenix. They are not always in synch, which causes the rapid changes in ranking. For a while it looked like G ran different ranking algorithms on different data centers.

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    dropped back to number 10 now?????.
    and thats in under 7hrs,,
    i think i will give up on google...
    though my site is very good optimzd site,,,
    no duplicate, but does have affiliate link,
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