New Google Update To Hit Autoblogs?
In late February Google announced a major update to their algorithm, with the aim being to significantly increase the quality of their search results. You can read Google’s announcement here, and read some commentary about it here.
Quite frankly, this has me worried, as it seems to be targeting sites that aggregate content from other sources (eg autoblogs). However, looking at my February traffic and Adsense stats, nothing seems to have happened – YET.
The big losers so far look like articles directories, including ezinearticles.com, articlesbase.com, associatedcontent.com and findarticles.com. Ezinearticles has reported that it’s search engine traffic may reduce by up to 50%!!! It seems that in the case of the article directories Google is hitting the whole domain, not just individual pages.
I guess we will have to wait and see exactly how this plays out. Has anyone else noticed a significant drop in their traffic lately?