Re: Think you're affected by the recent algorithm change? Post here.
Mar 21, 2011 3:17 AM
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Crawling, indexing & ranking
I am the webmaster of NaturalHandyman.com, a home repair website that has been online since 1997. We started with Google Adsense in 2003 and, based on all the recommendations given then and now, we have kept our website in conformance will all the "rules" as we understand them.
We have been humbled by our success... and luck... to be so well accepted in the web community. In 2007, our site and owner Jerry Alonzy were featured in both USA Today and on NBC's Today Show (along with a few other quality sites) as a "poster child" for a Google Adsense work-at-home success story. Based on the thousands of emails we received and still receive about the articles, I'm sure we inspired many writers to give the Adsense a shot on their existing or new websites.
Yet, we too have been hit by the recent algorithm change with traffic dropping back to levels we haven't seen since 2004 and the disappearance of our home page from the Google listings under every search term we can think of other than it's name! We had been in the top ten under the search term "handyman" since at least 2000, even back in the days when Yahoo! was the search engine of note.
We understand the reason Google has changed the algorithm and we applaud their efforts to stem the rise of useless content stealing the stage from quality content. But it would be nice to know what exactly in our site design has caused such a sudden and painful loss of many years of work, especially since we have always worked strictly within the guidelines we have been given. We don't mind the work, but without real direction our tires are up on virtual blocks!