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April 2002 Google Update
Page Rank for everyone.

 2:52 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi. I don't know what happened but my page rank just jumped to 7. Is it the update?

Yup. Just checked WWW2 and saw a change in SERPs. Webmasterworld looks like its back up to 7 again too.



 4:05 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

It looks like on my site it has gone from indexing 1,820 pages to 1,550 pages :( so I would say that some trimming has been going on. Not sure about this update, in a few terms multiple pages from the same domain are showing although they haven't before (i'm really not bitter that i have been shunted to the second page of results ;) )


 4:16 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Way to go Google!

I wonder if they will keep this new schedule and update every 20 days from now on.


 4:17 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

/me runs around in circles.
Just a year ago I started out with 1 single page in google. Now it's up to 1500 pages all hand coded using notepad.

Geez, I thought I'd would stop at 1000 but i feel better than ever. Another 10,000 pages here I come.


 4:28 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Maybe someone can help me understand something ... please ...

I have two sites that have original content. Site A has been around for forever and had a page rank of 7 before the update in March when it went to a 6. This morning it was up to a 7 and literally minutes later it's back at 6. Not a big deal.

Site B is a new site. Less than two months old. It bounced in and out of Google in the March update finally settling at a page rank of 5 with the index pages in the Google index, but not the articles. Imagine my *JOY* this morning when I noticed it was a 6 and that my logs showed over 100 hits from Google. I was elated. Thrilled. I looked at the logs and people were HITTING the articles and not just the indexes.

Moments later, I literally mean moments later, when I went to check the site again the page rank is gone and traffic has stopped.

Any ideas on what is happening?

Why the tease?


 4:48 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Isn't this when the update "should" have been (i.e. every 28 days / full moon).


 4:49 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)


Do a site search for "google dance" and you will understand why things are unstable.


 5:02 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

One of my domain names I had a single page setup for full of ideas which I planned on adding to the site, google came upon it last time around and gave it a PR0, I made the site into a full blown web page and this update I am seeing it totally gone from their index. (: w00ps, i screwed up by putting the words on the page where it was thought to be spam, but now the site is a good boy - should i wait for updates to happen then after a few months it will be alright again or should i send lots of mail to google ;)

Other than that all my new additions got picked up and other sites are doing pretty well. So I am happy with this update. Google, watch out MSN seems to be catching up to yer clicks. But Im still not certain couz it could be MS employees clicking on the serps manually ;)


 5:07 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Wow, Google keeping us on our toes!

Anyone seeing [google.com...] , [google.com...] and other Google content missing?

<<EDIT>> This is probably a problem at my end... :(

Robert Charlton

 6:28 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>These sites use the same strategies and methods. What gives?<<

Andrew - I'm noticing inconsistent results on the same site. On a very large site, we've jumped up in pretty much everything, but have completely disappeared for a two-word phrase we've ranked on for quite a while.

I'm also noticing that Google is still giving some very bad results on searches like san francisco widget marketing. In the last update, if someone was linked well for "san francisco" and had the phrase "widget marketing" somewhere on the home page, they'd rank higher than many widget marketing sites. Now the results are even more confused... I see "widget" and "marketing" occuring separately on the home page and a site ranking well.

My guess is they're turning the knobs, so to speak, on various aspects of the algo... then looking at results and going back for retuning.


 7:17 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

YEs hidden text pages have risen dramatically comapred to before.


 7:30 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)


I'm back! And moved up a place to #4! I WILL NEVER TAKE YOU FOR GRANTED AGAIN GOOGLE, I PROMISE.


 7:34 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

All of my top listings (which I've held for the past 3 years) have either been knocked down a few pages, or are no where to be found (got tired of searching for them)

...trying not to panic


 8:06 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)


Nothing more to add than, I feel your pain.
I guess there's a lot to be said for our traffic dependancy of Google, but, for the amount of referrals, why bother as much with the others?

I guess today has been a cold shower for, and some rain on my parade.

* sigh *


 8:18 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

The ODP Categories have not all been updated. One category I've been watching still has spelling errors, dead links and is incomplete (doesn't match the ODP).



 10:16 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Kira, Eric:

I'm with you. Seems to be a lot of good news in this thread but I've got two sites that have been stable for months suddenly completely dropped in this update. These sites were helping to feed and clothe the kids too.

Darn this Google dependancy. Hows Teoma coming on?



 10:22 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hmmmm. A new issue to bring up with my psychiatrist. Google dependency. Are there drugs for that?


 12:21 am on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

OK - Things seems to be getting better. Have PR5 back again instead of PR1. Let's hope this one sticks ;)


 10:03 am on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Do the number of links to your page update immediatly the page is updated or is that delayed?


 11:32 am on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Link counts, update when the rest of Google updates (it's just a normal search).

I'd call this update a big success, we are #1 under our pet kw. Not only are we #1, we are also the ONLY one (which makes it a whack) and also makes for good karma: ;)

Need More Hits

 1:01 pm on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

First post
Been lurking and learning for a while time to come out!

Ok my question
Is the update over now or still happening?

My sites seem to be back where they were before the update.

brotherhood of LAN

 1:08 pm on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

lol Brett

Almost a googlewhack

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