Last weeks Google update affected many sites that are not content farms including I4U News.
Google released last week an algorithm update in the United States that is supposed to find more high-quality sites. While many content farms, article repositories and scrapers got downgraded many news and review sites got a bad hit too.
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Now it seems Google is adjusting the algorithm one site at a time. Cult of Mac raised awareness through about their traffic loss through a post and also coverage on Wired. Suddenly their traffic got back yesterday. As already mentioned earlier this week on my personal blog our traffic is dramatically down since last Thursday. So Google, where can a site owner request to be reviewed and adjusted in the search ranking?
As always there are no real details on what criteria is now important to compete on Google for traffic. Even the SEO gurus on WebmasterWorld are still just proposing theories. Apparently things can be fixed very easy. Google hand just needs to bless your site, like in the case of Cult of Mac and life can go on.
Google says that they have not "white listed" Cult of Mac. A minor change to the algorithm could have been the factor that Cult of Mac is back. Google opened a discussion thread where you can submit your site in case you feel at a disadvantage through the update.
Related to this is that Google also has stopped considering I4U News as a Google News Source last November. There is still no clear answer from them on why and what we would need to change to get back in. For a tech news site to not be in Google News is devastating to traffic.
I had already to cut staff, but we will stick around. What does not kill you makes you stronger.
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