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Exact match domain (EMD) penalty problem.

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Gervin, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. Gervin

    Gervin Newbie

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    For the last week 5 my sites fall dawn in G top at their EMD keys. Do you have the same problem? I am not sure is it a penalty or just Penguin does not care EMD any more? I would be glad to hear advice what should i do.
     
  2. deviatus

    deviatus Power Member

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    There is no EMD penalty. Black hatters use EMDs more than brandable domain names, because they want short-term seo gains over long-term branding. And the BH seo gets penalized, not the EMD. They still have the same seo benefit on their own, it's all about how you use them.
     
  3. PatrickLSO

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    I would have to agree with deviatus. It is likely not the EMD that is hurting you, it is probably something like suspicious backlinks or keyword stuffing.

    I could be wrong though, who knows.
     
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    Ditto to what the above said. I'd like to add that with EMD, seo needs to be a bit more careful as you can easily trip the over optimization. Try to use LSI keywords to your EMD for anchor link variation and keep your exact match keyword in anchor text to a minimal.
     
  5. darksen

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    Most of my money making blog sites are EMD and I did not experience penalty both from panda and penguin updates. I got like 20+ EMD. For now we can say EMD penalty not the reason why your sites went down on Google.
     
  6. chad362wiley

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    EMD's are fine.
     
  7. JimmyConway

    JimmyConway BANNED BANNED

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    Every poster above me is correct. EMD's are valued in the search engines because of the relevance of course. Any penalty received is some form of blackhat or suspicious linking done to your emd. Say you sent a blast from scrapebox DIRECTLY to your money site. Boom.Anything like that. If you havent made sure you have NO footprints, then you're not doing it right. Not to be insulting but if you got penalized you did something wrong. I was not effected by panda or penguin at all.
     
  8. ron.ray

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    Have many EMD's and haven't experienced any problem with it after penguin. Like others mentioned, it is not reasonable that there will be any penalty for that as it is reflecting high relevancy. Are all of your backlinks anchor texts also targeting the same keyword? that can give a clue...
     
  9. KevinA

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    I think you may be misinterpreting the cause and effect...
    The effect is that your site dropped, but I doubt the cause was due to a EMD. It was probably due to 'over-optimization' - when you were backlinking, did you vary your anchors between naked links, generic words, and target keywords (with the least focus on target keywords)?

    Chances are, you were targeting that particular keyword which the EMD was for, and therefore are serving a penalty due to over-optimization and an 'unnatural' backlink profile.

    Hope that helps?
     
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    Nope, currently have 43 sites that are all EMD'S and there all sitting pretty at number one spot. More likely your backlinking profile has been penalized more then the domain name.
     
  11. Gervin

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    Thank you guys) As i see this is not the worldwide problem and it means that i just got some filter on this keys. Might be over optimization. Thank you for your comments.
     
  12. danmyson

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    Depends on traffic It think. Google wants to dismiss rubbish sites period. An emd with 5 pages of content and a high bounce rate is going to get chopped. That is the problem. 2000 links to a 5 page blog site with adsense/affiliate links out going is a major red flag I am afraid. I just did a test with 4 emd's 6 months ago, they all got binned. NO ads on 2 of them. Danced and binned. Bounce rate is the cause I believe. No one wants to read about "retail jobs", they want to see vacancies or they are off. This gives you a problem. You need add loads of extra content that is actually going to keep someone on your site. You will be basically running a business now to make them work. having hundreds of sites selling affiliate products with high bounce rates will not hang. Nothing to do with the emd itself, they just wont save you if google thinks your site is not giving punters what they want.