Seems there is a bit of a Google clean up going on! I might write more about this later, but for the moment I recommend you to read this blog post “How Not to Make Money Online” by BenK. Pay special attention on his tips on the end on how to not to set up your site. I would add another tip: Avoid using “seo optimizing plugins” that everybody uses. I don’t like and never used “All in one SEO” and it seems that was a lucky coincidence…
So far I took from the most recent developments that:
- The old saying “quality content is king” is today more true then ever.
- Google has increased massively his team of human reviewers.
- Using blogspot blogs for building mini sites is dead. (You can still use them for building an authority site, but with the risk that you do that on a platform you don’t control fully and with the risk that Google might decide to delete your blog at will)
- Content is king.
Grizz from “Make money online for beginners” is also writing about having had the same problems and gives his advice what works and what doesn’t work anymore with Google. Read his blog post also, it may save you some headache in future.
So here my own conclusions and personal strategies:
- Diversify the ways of making money with websites. Adsense becomes more and more dangerous to use for small sites. Chitika and Amazon affiliates look better and better by the day. Apart of the crappy 24h cookie Amazon uses obviously ;-(
- I took Adsense, for the moment, down from all my mini sites, that don’t have a minimum traffic of 100 unique visitors per day and / or are not recognized as an authority site by Google in their particular niche.
- Mini site style articles will go in future only to sites like Hubpages and Infobarrel or to other, similar, authority sites, but not anymore on their own domain.
- I will continue to concentrate on “non spammy” topics like travel, pets etc and leave the “make money with …” niches for others 😉
Am I affected? No, actually so far not, I don’t have any mini sites in the insurance, cruises, weight loss etc areas. So far my sites look fine in Google Analytics and webmaster tools, but I will not risk their SERPentine rankings by closing my eyes from the obvious:
Google wants the best sites, information and value for readers on top of the search engines!
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