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 makes you all think I am obligated to share the trick?
What can you do if you were hit?
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?
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.
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.
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.