Joined: 18 Jun 12
16 Oct 13 10:17 am
I have noticed that the Google search top 10 for my keyword contains only big companies now Amazon, Argos, Ebay, two newspaper articles Daily Mail and Independent , the first affiliate site is at #11. Before 23rd Aug it was mainly Affiliate sites, like mine.
I've done a little more digging and for several other keywords in different niches, these findings are the same, where you would expect affiliate sites, there are none in the top 10.
This would suggest that exact match and partial match domain names are being hit in the rankings as well as the sites with bad organisation, thin content and too many affil links.
Maybe its time to concentrate on bigger sites, authority sites, I have a Satellite tv site which covers a wide range of subject , has not been affected at all any of the Panda Penguin or Humming bird changes, it is reasonably well organised and has never really had any link building SEO, it never needed it to rank well.
Meta keywords? Not sure Google has taken much notice of these for quite some time.