Google’s new algorithm downgrades the effectiveness of keyword rich domains

Keyword rich domains in my eyes use to be the most powerful asset that a companies website could own. Google would look at this as a starting point when crawling a website and publishing its ranking on SERP – therefor the first thing Google robots used to register when crawling a website was this.

How more so with exact-match domain, for example “usedcars.com rather then companynameusedcars”. These on-page tactic its is know as a fact are considered rather influential as far as Google is concerned. Most probably followed by the Title tags and H1 embedded code. Many companies have now used and abused this and purchased many gold domain names, some at a premium and some even smarter and more dedicated website “at cost”.
Well guess what? Google are now clocking on to this and have changed their approach as far as domain names are concerned.

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Matt Cutts, head of Google's web spam team announcement

During late september, Matt Cutts, head of Google’s anti web spam team announced that Google where about to role out an algorithm that would reduce low quality exact domains match in its SERP. As a result many websites have suffered a reduce in numbers to there site and sometime have even completely gone off the radar (the real spammy ones that is).

It’s a been a long time coming but personally I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.
When Matt published this, apparently it was to effect around 0.6% of English-US searches and is completely unrelated to the Panda or Penquin update. But by judging by our clients we believe these numbers to be much higher.

In one aspect I canunderstand why Google have done it, but being the devils advocate – this strategy was giving smaller companies the opportunity to rank well in Google as long as other areas of their SEO where intact. And in order for their SEO to be intact, this required research into Google Optisation and its techniques. Therefore additional interaction and education was needed with Google and their web team. Everyone’s a winner!!

Combining good genuine content, great on-page optimsation, and a social love, I believe everyone is still fair game as long as they don’t try and cheat the system; giving SME still an opportunity to achieve great results by being truthful and focusing on an area on Google Search which they are good at.
I will be doing some research on how we should proceed if like me, you have keyword rich domains within your online marketing strategy and what to do next.

 
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