April 2012 Google Algorithm Tweaks


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So the day after http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ca/2012/04/another-step-to-reward-high-quality.html was implemented, my traffic was halved.

Of course, at the time I had no idea why traffic (and adsense revenue) dropped so dramatically. I thought it might have been a recent server move or implementing VigLink.

Keywords that my site ranked #1 for 2 years are now appearing at #4-5 :(. Threads aren't being indexed as fast anymore and when they are, they're rarely highly ranked.

This is rather discouraging... Anyone else affected by this change (both positive and negative)?


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Our rankings have actually improved significantly. In fact, we are now on page 1 for our most prized 'single word' keyword!


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I actually saw an increase in Google traffic starting around end of march / beginning of april. I was thinking this was Google coming to terms with my recent switch to Xenforo, though.

Digital Doctor

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Is there something about your content ?
I think traditional forum content will continue to be ranked lower and lower by Google over the years.

Xenforo and all forums need a more robust Content vehicle.