Google Panda Update Shifts Estimated 1 Billion in Revenue to Large Publishers.CNNMoney has the details on this story. Interesting that it was so dramatic and few major media sites are covering it.
I should start by saying that I did a google search for the Top 25 Mac Blogs because I was going to write a post about it. Instead I came across a spam post with no way to contact the site owner. Clearly this was done for SEO purposes and not to help the average web surfer. This is why I titled this post in this way. Also you can read more about this back linking strategy here.
If you are looking for a recommendation, can you take someone who is anonymous as a reliable source for information? Instead of putting myself on the top of this list I am going to share my top 25 Google Feeds and sources that I use to keep updated. These are just part of the places where I look on the Internet. Clicking on any of these links below will bring up their RSS feed. Super simple to subscribe to in Google Reader or your RSS reader of choice.
- Ars Technica
- Boing Boing
- Computer Reviews, News, Mac Software for Apple Laptops, iPhone
- Mac Life
- Daring Fireball
- in over your head
- Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO
- Search Engine Land
- Search Engine Roundtable
- SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
- WordPress.com Technology feed
- The Consumerist
- The Next Web
- ThinkGeek :: What’s New
- TUAW — The Unofficial Apple Weblog
- The Big Picture
- What’s Hot in Google Reader
So it got the majority of the list about what it knows about one person. What does it know about you? I am curious so I checked out the link in the article. It was incorrect what it thought it knew about me but it gave me the chance to delete it and opt-out. I did. Go check out the article.
Google Tweaks Algorithm to Push Down Low-Quality Sites – NYTimes.com. The day this happened my results were up 100 views, and it was approaching a normal level (pre-change) for me. I wondered if something was going on. Anyone else notice traffic more to normal levels? The real test for me will be Monday.
Book Review: Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe 9780226395777: Jean-Noel Jeanneney, Teresa Lavender Fagan, Ian Wilson: Books
Amazon.com: Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe 9780226395777: Jean-Noel Jeanneney, Teresa Lavender Fagan, Ian Wilson: Books. I really liked this book. It showed me the self-serving agenda that Google had behind its Google Books. I didn’t really consider things from another perspective before. I think the danger of modern society is that we have so many things happening, it is hard to stop and think if what we are being told is true. While the book is short, I appreciated what it had to say. We wouldn’t have the standard of living, understanding or power if the United States did not listen to its varied voices.
Really Google? Penalizing Good Sites To Get Some Bad Ones. I have already covered the fallout here and based on my experience here. For some lucky people they have their sites reinstated.
I wrote about this a few days ago about how my traffic was down a little. Over 95% of my traffic is from Google searches. Apparently some other sites have had half of their traffic affected. Wow.