NOTE: This article is great analysis of what is happening on Squidoo (and likely on other sites too). Specifically targeting the issues will help those that are still writing on Squidoo and those who are diversifying their work. The following is just a tiny intro of what to expect in the must read article. : )
The Great Squidoo vs. Panda Death Match: Are We Having Fun Yet? – Squidbits – Greekgeek's Squidoo Blog:
"So, we all knew that Squidoo had to do some major damage control to rescue itself, since Google’s downranked it for… well, we’re all making educated guesses, but Google’s webmaster guidelines provide us with a list of likely culprits (links are to the specific part of Google guidelines detailing each big no-no):
Spam, thin, and duplicate content that’s not useful to visitors (Panda algorithm, starting in Jan 2011. Squidoo took modest hits from Panda, offset by other Panda update boosts, until Panda 22 update in November 2012 killed 60% of Squidoo visibility.)
Affiliate links that sell without giving users something that helps them. Google’s quality rater guidelines show that it has evaluated affiliate-link pages critically long before Panda, but I think Panda has raised the bar."
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