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Another Hurricane A-Comin'?

By - November 08, 2004

fla hurrFunny that I was in Florida last week, because the webmaster boards are lighting up with speculation that Google is about to do another major update to its index. When this happens, the rankings of many keywords and websites shift dramatically, with major implications for the business models of thousands of small sites.

The last major update, dubbed Florida, was just about a year ago, and it killed a lot of affiliate spam. But it also took out a lot of innocent bystanders. Site owners and the SEO community are battening down their hatches, as the holidays are usually the times when Google hurricanes hit. Why? That’s when the pressure to make money on the web is most intense (many online retailers make 80% of their profits in the fourth quarter). That means the attempts to game Google also intensify. Should be fun to watch…but I wouldn’t want to be a small online retailer right about now…

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  • http://www.traffick.com Andrew Goodman

    John, do you have a specific point here? Unlike many of your posts, you seem to be leaving a lot to the imagination with this one.

    – Andrew

  • http://battellemedia.com John Battelle

    Sorry if I was oblique, Andrew. I simply wanted to point out that folks seem to think another major Google update is coming, timed for the holidays.

  • http://dmehus.blogspot.com/ Doug Mehus

    Good. It’s about time. More dummy/redirect landing pages set up by unscrupulous SEO firms for their clients have been cropping again. Time for Google to wipe the bastards from their index. :)

    Cheers,
    Doug

  • http://www.iwebstreet.com/turnkey-business-website.php chris newnham

    can’t wait for the latest google update. I think the results are getting much better.