Last week, Google punished lyrics website Rap Genius for using spammy SEO tactics, but now we have some new information that shows just how bad Rap Genius is hurting (traffic wise) after Google released the kraken on them.
Check out the RagGenius Quantcast data below (the data is verified which means these numbers should be correct) and see the sharp drop in the website traffic.
Quantcast RapGenius.com traffic
Before Google punished the site for its spammy SEO tactics, it was receiving almost 800,000 visits per day. Now, RapGenius.com is receiving around 100,000 visitors per day. That’s quite a big hit. It’s indeed funny how Google can make or mar a website so easily. RapGenius does have $15 million in the bank and is apparently planning enterprise products – I don’t think a lyrics website business was the ultimate endgame, so I don’t know exactly how freaked out they are, but still this has to sting.
Lesson of the story? Don’t make Google angry.
UPDATE: Google has reportedly removed its ban on Rap Genius. The company had all of its “spammy SEO” links removed or set to “nofollow” which appeased Google. The site should start reappearing in Google results any moment from now.
Watch this interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/v/gb2zIR2rvRQ
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