Let me start this post by admitting I’m not an Internet expert. I’m just a woman who liked creating websites, playing around with images and writing. My website creation, writing and photo hobby turned into a full-time career. Those are my only qualifications when it comes to this Internet beast.
That being said, I learned something early on in my online writing career. I think my early lesson is something that Suite 101 is learning from the recent Google algorithm change dubbed the “Content Farm” algorithm.
The Royal Suite Beat Down
All of us Suite 101 and content farm writers know that several sites took a whuppin’ with the latest algorithm change. I mean not only were page views down, but most of us saw earnings that mirrored earnings of our first year writing for Suite. Depending on where you get your information, it looks like Suite was smacked down the hardest with a 94% drop in search engine visibility.
We probably should have seen it coming because many of us were plagued with lower page views and earnings. The decline began somewhere in January or February of last year. I started the year off pretty good and things went down hill from there.
Why the slow decline? Who knows for sure; it could have been algorithm changes, Suite website instability, website restructuring, looser editing guidelines or just too many changes at once. I don’t know why it all happened, but I do know that many of us felt the financial pinch.
A Bit of Reminiscing
I have website that took a royal Google beat down a few years ago. It has since partially recovered (several years later). Part of the reason for my site’s beat down was because of newbie webmaster mistakes, using non original content (yes, I used some of the free articles available through sites like Ezinearticles and other article directories), lack of website focus, coding mistakes, website restructuring, and a host of other problems, sort of like the problems Suite 101 has undergone in the past year.
The long and the short of it was the Google smack down took my once lucrative website and brought it to its financial knees. Ouch! It has since recovered somewhat, but my lack of total recovery is because I stopped trying to figure out how to recover. The site was too big for me to spend all of my time fixing the problems. I decided to learn from my mistakes and create other sites making sure not to repeat those very same mistakes.
How Will Suite Recover?
That’s a question that I cannot answer. Suite has a team of folks who can brainstorm, negotiate, implement changes and come up with a workable plan. I, on the other hand, had to take my valuable lesson and create new ventures.
My old site is still up and running and earning enough for me to receive check from Google every month, but its earnings are pale in comparison to its heyday. Although, with the recent Suite 101 smack down, my old site generates more page views than my articles currently placed on Suite (hmmm, makes a girl sit back and wonder where she should focus her energies).
In the meanwhile, I’ll be watching with much interest as Suite begins its process to recover from the Google Content Farm beat down. Who knows, I may learn a thing or two that will help my old site regain its prior glory.
Someone pass the popcorn, this is going to be interesting.
Oh, and BTW, my eHow earnings have hit a record high…go figure!
Update: While Suite is digesting the recent developments, they have suspended the 1 article per week Feature Writer requirement. I don’t know about you, but that is a welcome piece of news.