This weeks battleground features a battle of gains and loses between piracy sites as well as other contenders…
Weather.com has featured on our list on more than one occasion as both a winner and a loser and this week the site wins for biggest gain. The site suffered significant loss on visibility in December 2015, and has since struggle to maintain a consistent pattern. It seems the site dropped in December for their subdomain ‘uk.weather.com’ and migrated it with their main site to redirect to ‘www.weather.com/en-GB’. Due to the site migration it suffered a huge loss for UK based weather terms. It now seems Google is configuring the migration correctly and therefore has boosted visibility for the site.
his site saw minimal visibility which has risen dramatically since early March. The only factor that evidence suggests for the climb is information from the Wayback Machine which shows the site has moved from using ‘www.dictionary.com’ and ‘dictionary.com’ to just ‘www.dictrionary.com which would have caused duplicate content. This isn’t necessarily the main reason for the rise, as it is likely the site has fixed various technical issues in order to gain so much visibility.
We’ve seen various illegal stream sites appear on our SEO Battleground and this week’s feature is putlocker.is. The site has likely gained visibility from beginning to rank for various programme terms such as ‘watch girls online’. This site, although having obvious dips, sees consistent visibility that isn’t bad for this type of site. It is also important to note the site likely moves domains quite often in order to maintain its services, as when searching on google there are variations of the website such as ‘putlocker.mn’.
The football streaming site has lost out this week on visibility. Similarly to Putlocker, being an illegal streaming sites makes it automatically vulnerable to losses. The graph shows the sites’ generally turbulent visibility. Livefootballol.com streams games from sport TV Channels and has lost ranking for the term ‘sky sports’ and ‘sopcast channels’. As previously mentioned, sites tend to move domains when they are shut down for piracy, and it appears through spot checks on keyword terms that ‘livefootballol.com isn’t ranking for anymore. The site has moved to a different domain ‘livefootballol.me’ and is ranking for those terms on Google.
This translation site has seen a drop in its visibility this week. It seems it is losing out on terms such as ‘translate’ and ‘translation’. Due to the site being a translation website, these terms are monumentally important to rank for.
Following the same trend in this week’s battleground, we have another illegal streaming site that has lost out on visibility. This site suffers from very hostile visibility but it seems if you visit the site it is currently down, which is the likely reason for this week’s drop.