Over the past few months I’ve been fairly quiet about the last several updates from Google. If you’ve not been keeping up, back in April Google released a fairly large update to their search algorithm where, among other things, they started applying feedback from consumers into their search results. Overall it was good news for those using Google as it was a strong attempt by Google to weed out content and spam farms from the search results. Unfortunately however, for many legitimate sites (including groovyPost), the changes had a fairly significant negative impact on organic search traffic.
In other words, after the April 11 update codenamed: Panda, here on groovyPost we experienced a drop in traffic of about 40%. Obviously I’ve been working hard to figure out how-to improve over the past 30 days and I’m happy to say we’ve recovered significantly by making a few tweaks here and there but this evening I decided to do some additional testing and that’s when I discovered the Google Search results are still a little funky as they are still ranking websites who
steal repost our content word-for-word above our original posts.
Odd isn’t it….
How does it make me feel? Well, what needs to be said? That’s just the way it is. No need to freak out about it (although it is terribly annoying). I know Google is trying their best to get Junk off the internet and after all, Google is a business just like any other. Google Search is NOT a public service so I really don’t have any expectations from them. If they want to screw around with their search algorithms, super! If they want to adjust search results to funnel traffic to sites which brings in the most Adsense revenue, great! It’s a corporation and like all corporations, they are in business to make money, not provide a public service to people like me.
So, rather than Rant-and-Rave about it and demand Google fix something that may or may not be broken, I’m not going to worry about it. I’m just going to continue doing what we do best here at groovyPost: Create original, super groovy content for our amazing readers!
I’m confident that over the long-run, Google will get things figured out and our traffic levels will return to the growth levels we’ve been experiencing over the past several years. A good businessman will never put all his eggs in 1 basket so this is a good reminder to all. Our future traffic may come from Google, Bing, Reddit, Stumbleupon or perhaps Facebook??? Oh no… did I actually tell you how-to delete your facebook account? Uh oh.. Nothing like biting the hand that feeds you! ;)
Anyway, So, it’s been an amazing ride these last 4 years and I have no plans on going anywhere because I love what I do, writing groovyPosts! So stay tuned for some groovy announcements shortly and thank you for all your support!
Ok, got that off my chest… We will now return to our normal programming!