White Hats who Need a Hug

This digitalpoint thread is ripe with white hats who seem like they need to be talked down off the ledge.

The whole thread is full of stuff like this:

Well I don’t mind posting my info about my sites. And the results of what big daddy did to them.

I don’t use php for anything except wordpress blogs. Those blogs are ranking in the SERPS fine in Google. No supplemental pages either.

I have never been a member of any type of coop.

I don’t use adsense.

The remainder of my pages use html and have .shtml extensions. I use SSI files and some javascript for navigation. That’s it.

I trade links the old fashioned way. I email people and ask them. I contact related sites. We trade. That’s it.

All content is 100% mine. No scraping, no RSS or XML feeds. Nothing. Just me typing at my keyboard and writing articles.

So to sum it up, I do exactly what google has always told us to do. Been doing it for years. Never had a problem with’em. Never had a problem with any SE.

Since BD I’ve lost over 50% of my pages, on all sites, to supp hell. I orginally lost all of them except their index.html pages. About half have come back into the SERPS. The rest may as well not exist.

Yahoo and MSN continue to rank and index my pages. Everything seems fine with them.

So what can we surmise from that? I’m falling into the “Minstrel and Old Welsh Guy” camp. Google tried some big algo change with Big Daddy. They went spam hunting. Failed miserably. And in the end they wreaked havoc on pure whitehat sites that just happened to get caught up in the spam hunt.

Google won’t talk of course. So that leaves all of us to speculate and try to modify our sites to suit google’s latest whim. I’ve stopped doing that. I’m not changing anything else about my sites for google.


Remember my plea from before Christmas? If not have a quick reread . . . these folks need your help . . . or at least a hug.

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2 Responses to “White Hats who Need a Hug”

  1. phaithful says:

    Those are my peeps! Stay strong White Hats… stay strong….

    hmmm, but then again, being a White Hat and looking at all those Black Hats having fun… it’s like that scene from Old School:

    Marissa: You know exactly what I mean. You’ve come along way since Frank the Tank and we don’t want him coming back do we?

    Frank: Honey, Frank the Tank is not coming back, ok? That part of me is over. Water under the bridge. I promise.

    Frank: I told my wife I wouldn’t drink tonight. Besides, I got a big day tomorrow. You guys have a great time.

    College Student: A big day? Doing what?

    Frank: Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.
    Frank: [after funneling a beer] Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!

  2. Gotan Raider says:

    If you’re a white hat then you shouldn’t care about SE traffic. Because you worry about such things as branding, usability, retention, stickiness, community. You may depend on SE traffic as a little extra push and of course initially to get started, but if you’ve been working on a site for years and still depend on SE traffic you should either go Black or learn eMarketing 101