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New Google Update On The Way?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Sund97, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. ritafairclough

    ritafairclough Regular Member

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    I've noticed this too... One of our hardest hit pages has around 1500 words.

    Some listings on page one (where we were) have 200 words. It seems to me that the huge brands are once again taking the tops spots.
     
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  2. nobrainsnoragrets

    nobrainsnoragrets Junior Member

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    Woah. My site just went down to the 2nd page for the major kw. I'll give this a week and try to do some updates.
     
  3. nikoles

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    My website traffic is dropped about 80% for over 3 months now maybe they fix it soon.
     
  4. James008

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    Notice some changes but not in a big way. Will still have to check and update my sites.
     
  5. MoneyValue

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    So I have a big site of mine that has survived all the updates from the past few months, until last night.

    All of a sudden at one point, the site lost ALL of it's rankings in one instance. It now ranks on page 5-6 for every keyword. The site has 500+ pages of content (2k words avg length), with 1-2 new pages added daily. In the last 60 days, 10+ natural editorial backlinks have been secured as well.

    I'm not sure what happened here, and the way everything just flew to the 5th page is nutty, especially when it has happened across 30,000+ keywords.

    Even if you search my site's brand name, I'm only on the 5th page.
     
  6. gbugmenot

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    Haha, I thought I am the only one, Same here, all the no.1 rankings gone to page 5-8. Let's see how it goes.
     
  7. t2van

    t2van Regular Member

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    Hows your page on mobile? There has been a massive mobile update last 2-3 days and still, ongoing it seems (looking at semrush) it may have had a knock on effect.. ?
     
  8. AbsurdMasakr

    AbsurdMasakr Junior Member

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    Exactly the same here, unfortunately I found manual actions due to unnatural link building in a search console, check yours.
     
  9. MoneyValue

    MoneyValue Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Yep, a few hours ago I received a "unnatural link building" message. Time to start going over everything.
     
  10. Cshark

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    I have been associated with guest posting and outreach for the past 2-3 years and all I can say from experience is people are more focused on getting follow links instead of no-follow links.

    That makes me think some webmasters don't read or pay heed to what's happening around.

    Not only a healthy follow/no-follow ratio is necessary, you must also keep a heathy mix of money, non-money, generic, and branded keywords in play.

    And then some of us don't understand the rational behind unnatural link-building.

    Unless you folks start thinking from the prospect of branding your business, as well as understand intent of your users, these periodic Google updates will continue to wreck havoc on your sites. Most of us start branding our businesses from link building, which leaves very little value to the links we create.

    Just my 2 cents.

     
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  11. what_hat?

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    Hey @Cshark what do you exactly mean by that?
     
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    Cshark Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It has got to do with INTENT. And that's why while unnatural link building is getting pulled up by Google, natural link building is getting rewarded.

    A link can be natural, niche-relevant but the brownie point is associated with how relevant it's to a reader that might glean over the post and be inclined to visit the link you left in a parasite, a niche site or even in a news site.

    The drill of white-hat link building has gone through a noticeable change in the past years. Then again, not every one of us has woken up to it. And those that did are banking hard while most of us are looking for ways to beat one Google update after the other.

     
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  13. ryuken

    ryuken Regular Member

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    Wowser guys, that's absolutely crazy. Must be tough to take...

    Do you think this so called "unnatural link building" warning is manual or algorithmic?
     
  14. MoneyValue

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    A combo.

    Something was changed with the algo, which flagged websites for manual review. Reviewer comes along, confirms the findings, and then administrates the penalty.
     
  15. ryuken

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    I see. I wonder what they've updated in the algo which is causing these flags.

    I've been punished in the past for a site which I was never able to recover, so had to abandon it. With my current site, I've managed to escape this round of updates, but you just never know what's round the corner. Hate it when we're not even sure what caused the flags.
     
  16. yesfuture

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    So, guys, what do you think triggered that "unnatural link building" thing.. what was the mistake you've done?
     
  17. MoneyValue

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    Yea, it definitely surprised me. In the last 3 years, this site hasn't been affected by a single major update. It's just been trucking along and killing it.
     
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    Now I get it. Makes a lot of sense, thanks for your insight!
     
  19. David Jones

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    same issue facing since 2 days, around 200+ top 3 ranking keyword drop to 4 th pages average.
     
  20. gbugmenot

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    It's an unnatural link building penalty, you will receive a message in google webmaster shortly
     
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