Google update again?!

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As before, with a lot of keywords I'm targeting it is the case that thin content is on page 1. 3 of the 10 results are straight up Amazon link tables.
 

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I think yes

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I think this is something to do with personalized search results. A new AI for personalized search results deployed ?
 
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Same here, most of my keywords are being outranked by Amazon, eBay, and Pinterest, WTF. My sales have pretty much died and the traffic I am getting is not converting, Even when traffic is up its almost like Zombie traffic. I have been kind of optimistic since August that things would change to some degree but right now I am losing my optimism.
 

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My opinion:

Google decided that some niches have to be blocked in a sandbox. For now, nothing is working to get rankings boosted: i have tried 410 pruning, url changes, meta title changes, anchor text changes.
It seems Google is deciding and taking time and data to make the final decisions. This means, i hope, that shitty websites and big player pages (Amazon and eBay) will drop again.
 

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Yes the serps have gone to crap, nothing but pinterest, ebay and amazon for most keywords. One of my target keywords and this is the top 5 results
#1 amazon
#2 amazon
#3 ebay
#4 pinterest
#5 facebook group
 

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Seeing some improvements, what about you guys ??
What have you done to start seeing improvements?

I have not seen any yet. Weird thing is that most of my pages aren't ranking anymore, but a very few are - and it's strong money keywords. But still, traffic and income is lost by 80%.

I have started to build some links, but too early to see if it helped.
 

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Still no signals here. The only thing i see is that the descent trend seems stopping and a bunch of apparently random keywords are going up again.
 

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Wonder what google hopes for this kind of update. What I see they just try to get big brands like amazon,ebay for top of the serach result. So quality is not there. Once quality bloggers discourage to post quality content, google may suffering lack of quality content in the search results.
 

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Apologies if this has already been asked - but has anyone else noticed an unusually high amount of crawl errors being reported in WM tools since the update?

Typically for my site I'd have 200 or so a week to redirect, no biggy (ecommerce site), then two days ago WM reports 1500 crawl errors.. crazy high. I redirect all of them, all good until today when I get an email from Google advising of an 'unusually high amount of 404 errors', I check again and there's another 1100 crawl errors.
I inspected the majority of them and they were legit 404's, I'm just curious why it's finding them on such a mass now, maybe the update is causing the crawl to delve deeper?
 

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those f#cking guys in google web spam team. Hope they will suffer, especially its head.
It's nothing personal, they are just doing their job. Nevertheless, the last core update wasn't their finest hour and I doubt users are happy with it, too. E.g. travel is now even more infested by huge intermediaries with very limited value while real results like hotels dropped heavily. Same in other niches.
 

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Apologies if this has already been asked - but has anyone else noticed an unusually high amount of crawl errors being reported in WM tools since the update?

Typically for my site I'd have 200 or so a week to redirect, no biggy (ecommerce site), then two days ago WM reports 1500 crawl errors.. crazy high. I redirect all of them, all good until today when I get an email from Google advising of an 'unusually high amount of 404 errors', I check again and there's another 1100 crawl errors.
I inspected the majority of them and they were legit 404's, I'm just curious why it's finding them on such a mass now, maybe the update is causing the crawl to delve deeper?

Actually, I've been getting some crawl errors too after the Aug 1 update. Not sure if it has anything to do with the update but could be worth keeping an eye on.
 

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So... I just recently started to learn about SEO again as I'm in the beginning phases of a affiliate niche site, but after seeing this thread... Well, is it still worth starting from scratch with no experience in SEO? I mean, having seen that even huge players got hit and small ones too, how does one even go about creating niche site for money making purposes? Overall looks kinda gloomy.

Your thoughts are appreciated
 

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It's certainly not easy, Wooter. 10-15 years ago, everything was a lot easier and ranking a medicore (no offense, but the first sites are rarely masterpieces) website was possible without much effort. Most people didn't have a clue about SEO, so even without being a real expert, it was easy to succeed with a bit of experimenting. Today SEO is much more data driven, more mature, there are professional players in most niches that have the knowledge and a budget.

Doesn't mean you can't become successful any more, but it requires work and you shouldn't be scared of setbacks, because there is no blueprint or secret formula, cutting corners isn't possible.
 
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