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Latest Google Search Engine Update

Posted by geeknews at 2:10 AM on May 3, 2012

Nothing more depressing in seeing your page-views drop, and you having no idea why. While the hit has not been super large I can see a drop off. In the recent Google search engine update we took a hit on traffic and for the life of me I cannot figure it out. The large majority of content here is original, and with over 11,000 original articles we have enough posting history this should not have happened.

The only thing we think it could be is in the way we do show notes for the podcasts. We provide links to all the content we cover, and those show notes/links do not have a lot of context, so in all likelihood our goal of providing links to the content we cover in the podcast is hurting the sites traffic in the eyes of Google, which is really sad as those links are cherished by the 125k plus people that listen to the show.

We started using no follow in the podcast blog postings a while back, which obviously did not help. The Google Webmaster tools are not helping us either as they say everything is good on the site. Sucks but hey its happened before and we will figure it out and regain the traffic. If your a fan you can help by linking to us and if you have some skills would love to hear from you.

2 Comments

  1. From AndrewH at 10:06 am on May 3, 2012

    SEO Moz put out a great article yesterday on Panda and Penguin updates with some links to other good recaps. It’s a good blueprint for site owners to go through and try and figure out the culprit for post-update traffic dips:

    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/penguins-pandas-and-panic-at-the-zoo

  2. From Manny at 3:03 pm on May 3, 2012

    If you go to Open Site Explorer and see what backlinks you have you will notice that many have an anchor text almost exactly matching your main keyword: geek news, geek news central. Without having too much variation that would be most likely the reason why you were hit.

    Resolution? You won’t like it, but you may need to contact a lot of people to simply change “”geek news central” to “click here” or other anchor texts. Since that is not a feasible solution you may want to try to contact Google a reconsideration request.

    Here is another article about the issue:
    http://searchengineland.com/penguin-update-recovery-tips-advice-119650

    and here is the link for reconsideration request:
    http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35843

    Hope that helps, Todd, and keep up the awesome work :D