I’m going to keep this short and straight to the point.
How We’re Doing
So if you haven’t heard about it yet, Google released an update that targeted EMDs. As many of our readers know, we’ve been going for this type of domain as part of our main strategy. Basically 70-80% of our sites have been hit and we’ve taken a significant decrease in adsense income. We are still sorting through everything at the moment, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a distinction from sites that did get hit versus sites that didn’t. It’s almost as if Google fired a shot gun blast and just happened to miss some sites here and there.
To top it off, the authority sites that we were building were hit as well. What’s interesting was that these authority sites had no backlinks being built to them and they were NOT EMD.
Predicting The Update
So why didn’t we see this coming? Well, to us it still doesn’t make much sense. Many of the sites we built ranked because there weren’t any other sites covering the information. When we check Google for some of those keywords now, lower quality information shows up. It seems that the favor is going towards the bigger and older sites even if they are not addressing the keyword that is being searched. Is this the case for every EMD out there? No. And that’s where it seems Google bit the bullet. They probably knew that they would open gaps in their search engine, but followed through anyway knowing that they would cut out the extremely spammy sites that don’t provide any sort of quality. I’m assuming that their hope is that these bigger sites will pick up the slack and patch these new holes.
Anyway, what’s done is done. Though we are still sifting through the debris, the future of our method for building niche sites looks grim. Until we know more about the entire situation we are discontinuing the building of our sites. If anything changes, we’ll provide more updates.
How Are You Earning Online?
What we’re going to be focusing on now is still to be decided, we’ll likely be testing completely different methods of internet marketing – we are the “WSOtesters”, are we not? so it’s probably about time we start testing other WSOs. So my question that goes out to you guys is this… Have you already been making money online? If so, what area are you making money in? If you have a great method, email us and we may test it out and feature it in a post!
All the best!
Josh @ WSOtesters.com