Yup. AV is going loopy.
Last week, under a highly competitive three word phrase, we're #38. Yesterday, #42. Today, #12.
I will now proceed to ignore AV until further notice from my colleagues, indicating stability in my FORMER favorite engine. When I first started doing SEO work, I targetd AV, and whooped them. Now,its like fighting a hydra - cut off one head, fight two more... and with the drop in traffic, a waste of time.
I agree John, besides doing some minor targeting of AV, I've at least temporarily changed focus to something more productive.
Ink-Vista strikes. Curiosity made me search again, a day alter, same phrase - best at #72, different page.
The idea for the name AltaVista originally came from a laboratory white board that had been partially erased. The word Alto (of Palo Alto) was juxtaposed beside the word Vista and someone called out, "How about AltoVista!" which led to the name AltaVista, meaning [ulr=http://doc.altavista.com/company_info/about_av/background.html]"The view from above."[/url]
With the major drop in traffic and the poor serp's I think their View has been blinded.
I have always been an AV fan and thought I knew what it took to get a high ranking page. But with the Database changeing so much on a daily basis that it's just not worth my time to struggle for top positions anymore.
When I try simutaneoulsy different browsers, I get different results. Opera results are shifting from NS and MSIE results. Sometimes my recently submitted pages (with the new code thing) appear #1 sometimes its not in the 5 first pages. Could AV shift algo on the fly based on user agent? On hourely basis?
Also when I hit "more pages from this site" I get different number of pages from different browsers.
well, about 75% of the pages i subbed since beginning of december are now in av
however, hardly any are coming through on results... the saga continues..
Okay, so I changed my mind on my starting post. I checked again. back to 12. ...
I am not going to touch that page. Ever.
back to <ignore>altavisat</ignore>