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    March update clobbering: how is it possible this website outranks me?


    Hi all,

    My website took a major beating with the March update(s, both of them).

    This is a weekly chart, around 20% and this week is going worse than the previous one:




    I have taken a lot of steps these days, including:

    • Bio box at the end of each post with my M.A. for EAT
    • Removing some bad links (naturally happened, never engaged in black hat backlinks)
    • Improve about page with more expertise and successes shown (for EAT)
    • Increased font size
    • Eliminated sidebar (which just sucked on my website)
    • Got a couple more good backlinks (including from Glassdoor blog)
    • Cool linkable page where people can sort reviews by rating and category (here: thepowermoves.com/build-your-reading-list/ )


    I am really befuddled by this hit and by my comparative rankings (see next post).
    Last edited by lux7; Apr 4th, 2019 at 10:48 AM.
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    How Can This Website Outrank Me?


    They say Google is all about pushing good quality content up.
    And somebody say the latest updated moved in that direction.

    Yet, take this website: fourminutebooks.com

    It outranks me on almost ALL common book reviews we share.

    In terms of quality, on paper, the should be no comparison because:

    • I actually read the book, he summarizes from summaries (and he's open about it)
    • My reviews are longer
    • My reviews are "real" reviews because I read the thing
    • I often check sources and resources
    • I criticize books I don't like, often with supporting evidence (he rarely if ever double checks references and never writes any negative review)
    • I interlink with my own work, and for the best books I also use videos (he outranks me on those too)


    He has a few things on me of course including a bigger mailing list (but that shouldn't count much), a faster loading website and a better baclink profie (but not much better).

    Still, overall... If Google is about quality, what am I missing?

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