In recent years, Google’s war on black-hat optimization techniques has continued to become more brutal. Panda and Penguin updates make manipulating search indexers harder than ever, weeding out sites still employing unethical or unsportsmanlike methods and creating a fairer playing field for those following the rules.
When Google released their Penguin update back in 2012, more than 1 in 10 search results were affected immediately: content of a poor quality was eliminated and some sites vanished. Google’s penalties are designed to make businesses and site-owners re-think their approach to online-marketing: if their content-strategy sees their rankings drop severely, then they need to cultivate a re-imagined campaign.
How can businesses recognize when their site has been affected by a Google penalty? (more…)