/Film & Other Movie Blogs Drop In Google, Matt Cutts Promises To Investigate

Feb 24, 2014 • 8:21 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

SlashFilms LogoA few days ago Peter Sciretta, the Owner/Editor of slashfilm.com, a movie blog, tweeted that many movie blogs so a significant drop in Google traffic this month. The interesting part is that Google's Matt Cutts responded saying "@slashfilm I hope to dig into this soon. Sorry it's been a few days."

Here are the Tweets:

When you look at slashfilm.com's search traffic from SearchMetrics you see a huge drop, confirming what the owner of SlashFilms said:

slashfilm.com Google traffic drop

Is there something wrong with Google's algorithm and search results? Is slashfilm.com doing unnatural link building or were they hit by a penalty or algorithm recently? Or it is just a bug in the search results. Heck, he did say it is many movie blogs, not just them.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Mohnesh Kohli

02/24/2014 02:29 pm

Do you think Google has started penalizing content sites for blogging


02/24/2014 03:40 pm

Just speculating, but could it be IMDB and big authoritative news sites with movie columns now mopping up even further?


02/24/2014 04:03 pm

Maybe slashfilm needs to be mobile friendly


02/24/2014 04:26 pm

Look at the high amount of recent backlinks and the low amount of referring pages... unnatural link building perhaps? https://ahrefs.com/site-explorer/overview/subdomains/slashfilm.com Also missing description tag on the home page, Google has pulled in a very poor description mainly to social networking links. Not very inviting for click throughs. Etc., etc., etc.


02/24/2014 04:27 pm

google not need penalty to tank billion of websites. For example they ban lot of adult websites based on script (smartcj). It in no way not related to site quality, it related what they have used one popular script.


02/24/2014 05:10 pm



02/25/2014 12:20 pm

I think this is the sign of end of Google....Bye bye Google


02/25/2014 05:12 pm

yes, i see what here is lot of unnatural links to google sites. you can check it via ahrefs


02/25/2014 05:14 pm

i think they penalize and ban everything what not make money for them.

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