Back in September I wrote depending on Google and other search engine traffic might bite you sooner or later. Well I have been bitten by Google News team and I must say that came quite un-expected.
My business blog MWD was listed in Google News and after 1 year they send me this:
Upon reviewing your site, http://www.mwd.com/, we found that we can no
longer include it in Google News at this time. We have certain guidelines
in place regarding the quality of sites which are included in the Google
There was no explanation why they removed it except the link to their guidelines which MWD was following all along. So what will happen to MWD now? Well after reviewing traffic for 2010 out of 2.7 Million pageviews we only got 350.000 from Google News the rest of the traffic was coming from Google Web search and other search engines. Sure it will impact my traffic but still its not end of the world to get back to where I was before.
Reason I am writing this to you is because you could learn thing or two.
- Don’t depend on 1 or 2 sources of incoming traffic
- Always search for new sources
- Bing, Yahoo, Forums, Back Links from others, Social Media (Twitter, Facebook)
- Add your website to known directories
Even though Google did not state why they removed MWD from Google News, I have certain feeling that one or few top blog owners did not like how MWD ranked for specific keywords. Yesterday when iPhone 4 for Verizon news was released I wrote an article explaining when people will be able to buy iPhone 4 etc.. that article alone made over bit over 15.000 pageviews and was ranking No.1 for keywords like iPhone 4 verizon, Verizon iPhone 4 release date etc… I am pretty sure that top blog owners looked if they rank high enough, and found out that MWD outranked them, and since most of them know Google PR, Google Employees it is easy for them to just say: Cut him off.
Am I worried? Not really nor should you in case that ever happens to you, as I said above search for different alternatives and don’t depend on one source of incoming traffic.
Well folks it was fun writing this, hope you had fun reading it too.