Update – both this page and our Uzbekistan Travel “Province of Djizak” page are now ranked very high for “Province of Djizak” searches. Thank you Google for ranking us properly. Also note that my old experiments on this term were messed up by blog changes, so I think the great page I created was left hanging, and it’s to Google’s credit they wound up ranking the OHWY page (correctly) as fairly authoritative. Fairly clear to me now that our earlier troubles were a from a site-wide Google downrank penalty.
The old story:
Normally I would not be writing so much about Uzbekistan Travel. We already have a great guide to Uzbekistan over at Online Highways’ Uzbekistan Travel section that was put together for us by Marat, a magazine publisher over in Tashkent, Uzbekistan who visited Online Highways in Oregon a few years ago.
However, writing about the Province of Djizak has been an excellent way to get some information about why Google has been punishing OHWY.com for the past few years. I’ve created the world’s best Province of Djizak page at the OHWY blog and linked it up. Due to spelling irregularities for Province of Djizak clearly the new blog page is *a great page* that most users would probably want if they were searching for Province of Djizak.
However, it’s the blog posts here that seem to “stick” as the number one page for that term, with the better page going from rank of about 200 to rank of 3 to rank of about 200 again.
The conclusion? A sitewide penalty by Google that downranks even great, user friendly, advertising free, must see pages about Province of Djizak.
Hey Google, that’s arguably not a good approach if the goal is to give users the best information, especially when there is still no Google mechanism to tell a legitimate site why the Algorithm thinks that portions of the site suck so much that the computer is punishing the whole site.