Digital Piracy Squelched
The Google Pirate algorithm was designed several years ago to find and fight copyright infringements and digital media piracy. Pirate 2.0 rolled out this week amongst criticism that Google wasn’t doing enough to those stealing media like movies and music than profiting from the practice. This week’s SEO news affected a small number of sites.
Losers Land in the Dungeon
The number of sites affected by Google Pirate is small. Websites like Torrent took a big hit with this change. Google is targeting search queries like “watch free movies” or “free music downloads.” SearchMetrics completed an analysis of the biggest losers and observed a 98% drop in SEO visibility.
It looks likes Google Pirate 2.0’s cannon shot was a direct hit.
Google Pirate Cuts Traffic in Half
Search Engine Land reported earlier this week that one Torrent website saw its search traffic drop in half. Looks like the Pirate wields a pretty powerful cutlass, yet there’s still some booty for the algorithm to hunt down. The big question is if the algorithm will launch another raid in order squelch more traffic to unlawful pilferers.
Legit Websites Untouched
For legitimate websites, this latest change is a non-event. Maybe we can use it as an excuse to talk like a pirate. Arr, matey!
Happy Halloween, everyone! Going as a Pirate?
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