Skip to main content

Movin’ on up: The winners of Google’s algorithm adjustment

winnersThere were a lot of losers in Google’s content farm clean up, there’s no getting around it. And while continued adjustments on Google’s part may improve seemingly blacklisted sites’ visibility, it’s still unknown the extent of damage we’re going to see.

But it’s not all bad. Certain sites did see improved page rank because of Google’s changes, whether or not the search giant wanted them to. We all know by now that the intentions were to “provide better rankings for high-quality sites – sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”

In general, analytics firm Sistrix noted that vendor and bargain sites like Etsy and DHGate saw their numbers climb, as did research encyclopedias like Britannica. How-to sites also benefitted – and interestingly enough, the Google-hated eHow actually experienced a boost in Web visibility. Here’s a little background on the top ten sites that experienced a boost in Google visibility (per Sistrix’s VisibilityIndex) as of February 24.

Popeater.com – 24 percent increase

Popeater is an AOL property specializing in celebrity gossip of the moment. AOL affiliate TMZ is extremely similar to the site, although TMZ drives significantly more traffic than PopEater does. The site’s Alexa traffic ran is 272.

DHGate.com – 23 percent increase

This wholesale online retailer describes itself as an “e-commerce marketplace that has revolutionized global trade with China.” The site allows consumers to purchase items directly from Chinese manufacturers, and sells everything from tablets to prom dresses. However, it has an Alexa traffic rank of 1,328, and approximately 36 percent of its traffic views are one page only. Until last week, the average time spent on its site was steadily decreasing.

Instructables.com – 21 percent increase

Instructables is like eHow, but with videos. It’s similar to Mahalo, which actually was noticeably damaged by the Google algorithm adjustment. It has an Alexa traffic rank of 648, and while it gained more pageviews after the search alternations, its rank has been dropping since.

Sears.com – 20 percent increase

This site should need no explanation. The retailer’s site has an Alexa traffic rank of 213, but oddly enough, since February 28 (four days after Google implemented its changes) its traffic has taken a nosedive.

Softpedia.com – 20 percent increase

This online library is full of free and trial software for various operating systems. It also offers instructions and self-help tech articles.

Dailymotion.com – 19 percent increase

Dailymotion is a French-based, English-language site offering online video publishing and sharing. Its content primarily focuses on pop culture, film, and music, although there are also video blogs and categories such as sports and news. In France, the site is extremely popular, and even globally it earns an Alexa ranking of 109.

Scribd.com – 18 percent

Scribd is an online platform for uploading and downloading text to the PC, tablet, or phone. It’s been a largely well-reviewed site, and one that’s only been around since 2007. In 2009, it launched its branded reader for large companies like The New York Times and TechCrunch, and the feature has been very popular. However the site has had legal troubles regarding copyright infringement and was accused of publishing pirated content and taking advantage of writers. It has an Alexa traffic rank of 312, and its bounce rate has been climbing slowly over the last six months.

Britannica.com – 18 percent

Here’s another that needs no introduction. The online encyclopedia began offering many of its articles for free (provided they were linked from an outside source) in the last few years to improve page rank. The site is strangely popular in Nigeria, and most of its visits are bounces. It has an Alexa traffic rank of 2,740.

Techbargains.com – 17 percent

An online electronics vendor that is fairly reputable and retains its visitors for an average of two minutes per visit to the site. It’s traffic rank seems to jump around a lot, but for a niche shopping site that isn’t terribly surprising. It has an Alexa traffic rank of 1,302 (401 in San Francisco, big surprise), and continues to see itself increasingly show up in search results since Feb. 25.

Epinions.com – 17 percent

Epinions is a property of Shopping.com, and claims to offer to “unbiased reviews by real people.” Shopping.com is owned by eBay, which also received a boost from the Google search update. Epinions has a bounce rate of 67 percent and an Alexa traffic rank of 805. It experienced a significant increase in overall stats, but since the 27 has seen its traffic, pageviews, and time spend on site decrease. However, after getting a boost in showing up in search results last week, it’s starting to dive.


A few other intriguing winners were Photobucket, Facebook, and Google property Blogspot (go figure).  EHow didn’t quite crack the top 10, coming in at the 16 spot. It did, however, earn a 15 percent traffic increase. But from the looks of it, sites that weren’t performing well prior to Google’s search changes may be heading for the same fate, so you have to hope the Internet titan is making the required adjustments it says it is.

Editors' Recommendations

Molly McHugh
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Before coming to Digital Trends, Molly worked as a freelance writer, occasional photographer, and general technical lackey…
How to reset your router
The Netgear Nighthawk AXE11000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E Router on a table.

Have you tried turning it off and on again? It's cliché advice, or a bit of a joke, but it's just as true today and it's one of the best way to fix router issues. Resetting your router is one of the first things you should try if your internet goes down. Restarting your router will reset your connection settings, interrupt malicious attacks on your network, and boot off unwanted devices from your network. Rebooting your router will also resolve a wide range of issues with speed and connectivity.

Here is how you can reset your router manually and remotely, plus some important things you should know about rebooting your router.

Read more
The Snapdragon X Elite gets beat by an old iPhone in early testing
A photo of a laptop with the Snapdragon X Plus CPU.

Benchmarks for the upcoming Snapdragon X Elite chip are already making the rounds, and they're disappointing. One user on Reddit, u/caponica23, received the Samsung Galaxy Book Edge 14 early and published an extensive post with some initial findings. And the performance of the Snapdragon X Elite chip inside the PC is much lower than expected.

In Geekbench, the user showed single-core results of 1,841 and multi-core results of 11,537. That's bad. For reference, Qualcomm said in early demos that the Snapdragon X Elite could reach a score of 2,977 in single-core and 15,086 in multi-core performance. The user also took the laptop out for a spin in Resident Evil Village at 1080p, and said there were "severe frame drops" even with AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) set to Performance mode.

Read more
This new text-to-video AI looks incredible, and you can try it for free
A woman wearing a yellow dress seated in front of a similarly colored floral background.

Expectant AI enthusiasts flooded the Luma AI website on Wednesday, resulting in multi-hour waits to access the company's new free-to-use, high-definition AI video generator, Dream Machine, Venture Beat reports.

What's all the excitement for? Well, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup's model promises video generation of up to 120 frames per second for as long as 120 seconds. And based on some of the examples being shared online so far, it's pretty impressive.

Read more