Google’s February Algo Update

Interesting to start seeing results of how this ‘Farmer’ update has effected serps and traffic.

Google’s statement that it effects 11.8% of its search results is surprising.  Targeting sites that have a low level of original content sounds good to me, sites like ezinearticles.com and articlesbase.com have lost out. The dubious seo method of spinning content then blasting it out via auto submit software to juice links has always been a ugly method.

Google is now a monster generating $30 Billion in revenue last year and the barriers to entry keep getting bigger.
Google’s engineer Amit Singhal said; “this week’s change is the “biggest in years that targeted site quality” in particular…”
Sistrix data shows low quality sites losing out;

#DomainChangeSISTRIX (before)SISTRIX (after)# KWs (before)# KWs (after)
1wisegeek.com-77%121,5828,2274.02421.940
2ezinearticles.com-90%65,086,65184.50854.277
3suite101.com-94%54,043,28178.37336.904
4hubpages.com-87%55,167,40152.99850.178
5buzzle.com-85%43,256,5586.47224.423
6associatedcontent.com-93%38,292,57216.42953.512
7freedownloadscenter.com-90%30,263,0142.4867.992
8essortment.com-91%25,732,3227.5017.459
9fixya.com-80%28,785,8362.03436.167
10americantowns.com-91%24,882,1826.0009.799
11lovetoknow.com-83%25,754,2849.54417.833
12articlesbase.com-94%19,961,1682.27431.365
13howtodothings.com-84%21,203,3933.2227.601
14mahalo.com-84%20,493,2333.8759.740
15business.com-93%17,241,1321.5564.813
16doityourself.com-77%20,894,9023.2566.870
17merchantcircle.com-85%18,432,6793.34734.681
18thefind.com-83%18,953,2774.50645.495
19findarticles.com-90%16,981,7464.81020.189
20faqs.org-91%16,521,4633.64811.142
21tradekey.com-89%16,831,7937.36416.268
22answerbag.com-91%12,931,1167.31426.054
23trails.com-87%12,051,6238.3468.511
24examiner.com-79%10,542,1970.78131.272
25allbusiness.com-88%8,861,0816.4576.034

Source; http://www.sistrix.com/blog/985-google-farmer-update-quest-for-quality.html

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