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How Do I Recover From The Hummingbird Algorithm?

robting8
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How Do I Recover From The Hummingbird Algorithm?

Hi guys,

I need my help with my site because I don't know what i'm doing wrong.
About a month ago the hummingbird update hit, and I got hurt bad. Many of my kw rankings droped from 1-4 down to the 3rd page. This was most likely because I didn't spin my duplicate content I had posted on web 2.0 sties enough. (over the course of time I forgot to keep it above 50% spun)

Now, my rankings ar at the bottom of page 2 page 3 in google. Still high in other SE though, but my problem now is that when I try and boost those ranks by building more backlinks, they just stay the same. They never move, when they were originally very easy to move.

The only thing I can think of is that I aren't varying my anchor text enough? Although I do vary it. I know my site is not banned. is it being filtered?

Can anyone tell me what they think is going on, and what to do to get re-ranked.

Thank you for your time. Rob
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cecille.l
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Hi Rob,

I'm sorry to hear your site was affected by the Hummingbird update. Have you looked at the quality of the links going back to your site? These days, it's not just about the number of backlinks, but the quality of the backlink as well.

You might also want to consider targeting long tail keyword variations. The Hummingbird algorithm makes use of users' natural language as well as relevance of topics. The following articles might help:
How Google is Changing Long-Tail Search with Efforts Like Hummingbird - Whiteboard Friday
Why Google’s New Hummingbird Algorithm is Good News for Serious Content Creators

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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robting8
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Hi Cecille,

To check to quality of backlink, would I just check the page rank of the page the link is on?
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cecille.l
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Hi Rob,

It's not just the page rank. You can look at the niche the site is on. Is it related to yours? Does the site look spammy or not? Google is not just looking at page rank now. They are now putting more weight on quality and relevance.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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joelpalarca21
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And are you sure that you hited by google hummingbird? There is no penalty for google hummingbird. Google hummingbird is not a penalty its all about longtail keywords.

http://searchengineland.com/google-hummingbird-172816

everytime google rolled out panda and penguin algorithm. Maybe you hit by the two its either panda or penguin. Did you change your theme?Your content? and how about your backlins? Thats the questions. .

You can post your url here so we can see, if its ok to you.

Or you can review here 1st.

Site not doing well in search
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/34444?hl=en

Google's Webmaster Guidelines
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35769?ctx=99302&hl=en&ctx=NCUI
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cecille.l
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There is no penalty that accompanied the Hummingbird Algorithm. However, this a major Google update. The Hummingbird algorithm is an entirely new search algorithm. It changes the way Google sort information when we run a search. You may retain your page rank, but that doesn't mean that you're still ranking on the top 10 for your target keywords.

The following articles describing the Hummingbird algorithm might help:

Hummingbird Unleashed
FAQ: All About The New Google “Hummingbird” Algorithm

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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joelpalarca21
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cecille.l wrote:There is no penalty that accompanied the Hummingbird Algorithm. However, this a major Google update. The Hummingbird algorithm is an entirely new search algorithm. It changes the way Google sort information when we run a search. You may retain your page rank, but that doesn't mean that you're still ranking on the top 10 for your target keywords.


This right! :)
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tankctrlr
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I think I heard Matt Cutts mention that Google's page rank uh updater link to the toolbar, not sure what it's called, but anyway it broke and google didn't bother fixing it and they might not because they don't like it anyway. So PR is very outdated and won't get updated much, PR shouldn't be a concern (hasn't been for years) but now we really should Not care if it's broken lol.
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jamiep741
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You were probably hit by google penquin 2.1 update on 4th October 2013 and not hummingbird which was a week later than humming bird. The recent penquin update targeted anyone linking to badly spun material or spam sites and excessive anchor text on internal pages. Many people were hit by this rather than humming bird. The update targeted thin sites i.e 5 - 10 too. When using web 2.0 sites you need to make sure that your articles are unique or manually spun and ensure that they read well and that you vary you anchor text. You can use linkquidator.com which will show you how unatural you link profile is and then remoov to contact any domains you need to remove links from. My site was hit as well but seems to be recovering this week. Just use the google disavowal tool through google webmaster to clean up any links you can't remove.

Cheers

Jamie
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mark schaaf
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I haven't heard about Hummingbird at all and none of my sites have moved but does this mean that google may soon be able to somehow read articles on our websites to see if they are good or bad. And would this mean sites with well written articles with good information may be going to the front of the page rather then a page with lots of links.
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cecille.l
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And would this mean sites with well written articles with good information may be going to the front of the page rather then a page with lots of links.


This might happen sooner than we think, and all for the better really. Google is looking into relevance now, not just the number of positive backlinks you have on your site. They are also looking at long tail keywords since these are usually the ones that "makes sense" and are closer to how we form queries when looking for information. Below is one of the latest articles on Google Hummingbird:
What Google 'Hummingbird' Means for Your SEO Strategy

Have a good day!
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amit4
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I am very much sure that your website is not hit buy hummingbird update. It would be great if you share your website's link with us.

You should check your website's links, content and UX analysis. Because hummingbird update was mot direct related with websites keywords ranking. Also you can check your webmaster tools to make sure that it was not manual penalty.

What kind of keywords are you targeting? Check your competitors , their backlinks, your backlinks and check hoe many exact keywords you used in backlinks. Diversify your used keywords and improve content quality, UX of your website. These action will help you to improve your website keywords ranking soon.

For any further help, please feel free to discuss.

Thanks
Amit
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daljeet.kaur
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Don't worry. Just keep mind that you whatever you are doing, don't do spamming. Just update fresh and relevant content in your website so that visitors like your content.
try to make back links from authority and trusted sites.
Your main focus should be on good and relevant content so that when any user search any query then your site provides relevant content.
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marketing29
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Its better to have proper links for your site and using the good quality content for your website.
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accounts-receivable
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The key to long-term SEO success is not to take shortcuts and have good, natural content and quality links. It seems the last few years of updates are Google identifying link services and evaluating the relevance and quality of various links.
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pulkit.sharma67
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OP, I don't think it was Hummingbird.
Hummingbird wouldn't have anything to do with links.
Besides, it actually came out a month before the official announcement.
Usually, the date of the nosedive and the date of an update explicitly coincide when the damage was really caused by the update.
Yours looks more like the Penguin case as someone has said here.
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dmellojesse
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Start optimizing for conversational search: People changed the way they used to search for e.g., Earlier they used to search “sandwich in town” but now they search as “Where can I get best sandwich near me”.
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