gradyp wrote:I think you may be right, JC, because my site where I've been getting a higher bounce rate was definitely more affected. Though I still don't have my traffic up where I want it, I'm beginning to look to see if I can figure out what can help the bounce rate on that site. James gave me one idea that, while still too early to tell, may help. Then again, some of the changes may reflect that I'm getting fewer tire kickers and starting to get more "return visitors" now that I'm posting regularly again and interacting with other people. For me, at least, it's still too early to tell the effect the latest tweak will have on my site.
Now brands, they are really dominating. They started to really dominate the rankings after the first few Google updates last October. But now; they’ve taken over. If you Google a review on any kind of physical product, 90% of the time the first two pages will be full of brands.
Big brand review sites like Epinions and Viewpoint for example. No longer are there many independent review sites built by Internet Marketers. That side of Internet Marketing appears to be very much screwed right now.
Brands and massive authority sites are dominating. Little niche sites have been mostly wiped out and some authority sites are still ranking. But the majority of all niche sites have lost a substantial percentage of their traffic.
Overall it’s not a great time to be doing SEO unless you’re a brand or gigantic site. I honestly think people should lay low for a little while and focus on other traffic generation strategies. Most importantly I believe it’s time to dive into paid traffic.
jimcoe wrote:Hey Mark,
I'm wondering if there's some way you could get some credibility elements onto your pages?
Maybe testimonials from travelers who have used your site? Maybe your number of trips or a map with "pins" of the spots you've visited? Or some travel association or other membership emblems? Or Italian city or region medallions?
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