Aug 07

It seems like Google is coming down hard on our directory and traffic that used to come on a regular basis for years is now just a memory. Its amazing how things can change in so little time. Bing and Yahoo continue to send us a fair share of their search results and rank our site quite well. Why have so many of our articles that were ranked at or near the top of Google’s search results on page one now non-existent?

Apparently, based on data from various online sources, most article directories are sharing a similar drop in traffic. We continue to receive requests from various authors to remove articles and/or links pointing to their sites from ours. This is due to Google sending warnings to these websites concerning unnatural link building.The days of mass submissions to multiple article directories are gone. Quality trumps quanity every time.

I am still surprised to continually receive these removal requests from Google because on Monday, May 6, 2013, we changed our outgoing link structure to nofollow links. Google no longer follows any of these links (see … and…

We implemented nofollow tags in order to deal with so many people, on a daily basis, constantly asking to alter membership information and remove/alter links or articles. We deemed this as being the most efficient manner in dealing with the issue, otherwise, we wouldn’t have time to do anything else.

Doesn’t Google know that our link structure is different and websites that have links on our site are not getting any link juice from doing so? Can Bing and Yahoo be doing a better job of recognizing and rewarding this? Obviously, Google does not do everything perfectly as far as ranking content management sites. Google used to account for 60 - 80% of our search traffic results but that has tumbled to 30% lately.

The total number of URLs currently in Google’s index is now around 240,000. These URLs are available to appear in search results. This number changed significantly from a high of 1,370,000 on December 30th, 2012 as new pages were added and indexed, and old pages are removed. Apparently more pages were removed than added. Needless to say, Google did not wish us a very happy new year and the trend continues.

We continue to evaluate incoming article submissions closely, as usual, trying to weed out poor quality articles. Authors that submit multiple articles at once are clearly throwing up warning signs that they are spamming multiple directories at once. These are usually the first articles that get refused.In other words, some things never change.

Our goal of providing our users with the best most informative articles available to us will never waiver. We will continue to work hard at maintaining a high quality, user friendly site. Eventually, Google will have no choice but to recognize and reward our efforts.

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