The Google Algorithm Change – How It Affected Me

If you haven’t heard, Google made changes to their search algorithm recently that apparently led to some pretty significant changes to search results. Interestingly, it appears to have had a positive effect on my presence – now appears at the top of the Google search listing for my name (whereas previously, it was on page 2). This is a great thing for me, of course, but it isn’t without its downside.

Whilst it means I will hopefully see more hits to the site and blog from people who are intentionally seeking me out, over the past few days I’ve seen the number of “comments” submitted for approval on my blog posts sky-rocket. I say “comment”, because 100% of them have been spam with links to random places online, or sites like Facebook or YouTube.

It is times like these I’m glad WordPress gives me the option to approve posts when a user first comments on the site – thankfully it means I can prevent the spam from rearing its ugly head. Still, it’s just more proof that every benefit brings with it a cost, although in this case I’m happy with the net outcome.

2 thoughts on “The Google Algorithm Change – How It Affected Me”

  1. Dougall

    It’s funny, because I’ve received no such jump in spam comment traffic. I’ve been getting similar comments about 3 times a week on my site; again, very glad of WordPress’s comment approval system!

  2. Dougall

    Mind you, since the 12th of November, I have definitely noticed a similar jump, today alone I have had 23 spam comments on my blog. Interesting…

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