Google update again?!

cedomir87

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I'm still down 60% so it's time to try and fix it. But damn, take a look at dr axe, losing 8 million visitors, that's got to sting...

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I'm glad some of you have your rankings returned :)

My client's and my friends' website rankings have all returned too. One of my friend's site is about 2 years old and she is ranking way better than before. No blackhat or anything like that, just pure blogging and social media sharings and postings. Like us, she was frustrated and terrified when the update happened and I told her to just wait. She waited (since late July or so) till just a few days ago and her rankings and traffic returned as normal. So whitehat isn't dead yet, don't give up!

My rankings have returned too. But some are still bouncing around. All these 'ranking returns' happened during the past 2 days. So I would give it another 1-2 weeks.

And what we all did? Nothing. We all just wait and carried on as normal. Many competitors with junk content were wiped out... there are still a few hanging around but not as much as before.

So I would say the update itself does improve Google's search results - giving users quality content. Kudos, Google.
 

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I doubt an About or Author page will help, one of my client's (whitehat) also has a press page, a landing page to his book, all his press appearances, and his site still dropped 50% (he's in the finance industry). His rankings are slowly coming back.
I will say this about the bightside of this update, it has given me more opportunities to position my other services (cross-sell) to my clients. Especially after I illustrate how relying soley on SEO is not a smart game plan - while positioning video, social media and PPC to diversify their traffic sources...
 

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I just signed in but I've followed this Topic since the really beginning!

My website dropped like 30%. After it was fluctuating, some days more or less as before, next days good as hell after decrease, increase etc.

So for me its still dancing, but yesterday I had a solid day. Today its panned.

I will let it go. As other says, I am pretty sure its a matter of time. What really hits me bad is on the KeyWord Google Flight and variation for the french market, went from 6-7 to 16. Decrease my impressions by 10 000 a day. LOL - This one I really hope it will come back. My website is close to 11 months
 

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I have seen dance on one of my website others and my client's websites are all stable. Is that any news about the update recently I am curious to know.
 

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My site is currently experiencing the "google dance" as well. It's quite frustrating as it seems I'm doing everything right yet I keep going down in rankings for my target keyword.
 

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My main KW ranking did not come back.
Is it important to have social media sites also with images on every site?
My site has currently not any images just my logo...
but i ordered a product image for my site and i also added a self made youtube video.
I hope ranking will come back
 

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I'm lost. Most of my links have not lost position at all. Most are still in front page 2-6 place. But my traffic keeps going down. I honestly don't what's going on. August 1 is when my traffic started dropping.
 

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What makes you all think I am obligated to share the trick?
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I understand that you have no interest in sharing your "trick" with your competition, but then why even bragging in this thread that you've managed to fix the issue? I don't get it.

What can you do if you were hit?

1- Add a privacy policy page
2- Brag about credentials on the about page
3- Add a Blog section even if it is not required, Google loves it.
4- Press section is a huge plus
5- Have an author bio.

That's pretty generic information, but thank you anyways.
Would you please share in which niche is your website?
Were all rankings recovered?
Thank you.
 

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That's pretty generic information, but thank you anyways.
Would you please share in which niche is your website?
Were all rankings recovered?
Thank you.

If you see my post I have written "a small tweak did it for me". I never said I am going to share a magic trick that is going to fix all the websites. Also, it was an update that impacted all the sites differently. There is no single fix that will work for all. It worked for me because I think it was the only thing my site was lacking as compared to my competitors. I dug deeper into the matter and figured out this update was all about how much trustworthy your website looks than other factors. It was a generic update so expect a generic answer.

Btw, the niche is gaming and it has completely recovered if regular fluctuations are ignored.

I understand that you have no interest in sharing your "trick" with your competition, but then why even bragging in this thread that you've managed to fix the issue? I don't get it.

Sometimes, we do stupid things in excitement. I will remember to keep it to myself next time.
 
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I'm glad some of you have your rankings returned :)

My client's and my friends' website rankings have all returned too. One of my friend's site is about 2 years old and she is ranking way better than before. No blackhat or anything like that, just pure blogging and social media sharings and postings. Like us, she was frustrated and terrified when the update happened and I told her to just wait. She waited (since late July or so) till just a few days ago and her rankings and traffic returned as normal. So whitehat isn't dead yet, don't give up!

My rankings have returned too. But some are still bouncing around. All these 'ranking returns' happened during the past 2 days. So I would give it another 1-2 weeks.

And what we all did? Nothing. We all just wait and carried on as normal. Many competitors with junk content were wiped out... there are still a few hanging around but not as much as before.

So I would say the update itself does improve Google's search results - giving users quality content. Kudos, Google.


What was your niche?
 

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What does E-A-T refer to guys?

I imagine the A stands for authority?

My sites have taken hits and i decided to wait it out and let the dust settle. The rankings have not returned in most cases and the dust has most certainly settled so its time to act.

I have just added an about page on one of my affected sites and i am in the process of adding a author bio to my posts.
 

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Just read about this update now. Seems it's a hit on YMYL/EAT -- essentially authority of information and owner when it comes to keywords/topics that affect a visitors health or well-being.

Decent discussion/overview here and here

Seems that health/nutrition/fitness/medical sites were hit hard.

As someone who is in and starting more health sites, how long until I need a PhD in order to rank for a nutrition article?

With net neutrality and greedy ISPs and this, it seems we're moving in a direction where only the rich companies or highly educated are going to be able to prosper on Google/internet. Fuck the little guy.
 

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Look.
Even if this EAT is now a thing and google really wants to protect an innocent reader from navigating to a low EAT site in organic SERPS when searching for "keyword A" - what about ADWORDS? So even though a site has low EAT and can't rank well in SERPs due to this, the admin can still invest in Adwords and pay a good amount for above the fold position for the "keyword A" and become #1.
Where is google's protection of readers now?
Or are adword ads also ranked using an algo, regardless of the amount you're ready to pay for 1 click?
I'm sure you understand what I'm getting at here....

What a load of shit from google. That's a Cool story - EAT.
 

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Look.
Even if this EAT is now a thing and google really wants to protect an innocent reader from navigating to a low EAT site in organic SERPS when searching for "keyword A" - what about ADWORDS? So even though a site has low EAT and can't rank well in SERPs due to this, the admin can still invest in Adwords and pay a good amount for above the fold position for the "keyword A" and become #1.
Where is google's protection of readers now?
Or are adword ads also ranked using an algo, regardless of the amount you're ready to pay for 1 click?
I'm sure you understand what I'm getting at here....

What a load of shit from google. That's a Cool story - EAT.

I'm not an adwords guy so I am not competent here. However, you're acting as if Google or any profit-driven company actually gives a crap. I'm sure adwords has some rules to prevent ad spam or low quality, but even if they didn't that's favoring the wealthy--the people who can afford these YMYL expensive ads.
 
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