Originally Posted by Ohnsorg
handling ever growing masses of information, Google & Co. have been, gladly, forced to be more selective during the past Years. Just linking your site with someone else does not longer prove to be effective. Backlinks to a Site must today be combined with 'searched for' information, when placed on other Sites, to be PR -effective. Anything else is a waist of time.
Lately, a growing number of Sites are found, reproducing popular content, b.Ex. Script Programmer Newbie Q&A's, they show 1 or two Images, lots of Text with textlinks, Comment-Fields, etc., all done to seek Google's interest, BLOG-Stylem nothing else.
Totay, one must 'show off' to be recognized, like in real Life...
So did these Google changes effectively put web directories out of business??
Should people cancel their subscriptions to the directories now?
I just don't understand how some businesses can get ranked high when the nature of their business is not conducive to fresh, exciting, rock-star content. For instance with web development, how many new things can someone blog about or write articles on? The funny thing is that I see sites listed on the top page now that clearly haven't been updated in months, which defies the "freshness" theory Google put out.