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Google Dance Syndrome - Is it Spreading? (Good Article)

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Msg#: 13886 posted 5:46 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

This just out from Search Engine Watch.
Some really good info if you have not seen it yet!


It mentions WebmasterWorld and Google Guy and points to some threads here at the forums!

Enjoy the read and if you have this new disease - be careful - it is spreading!

Linda Buquet



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Msg#: 13886 posted 5:59 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Another great article by Danny.

I especially like the part about how researchers and webmasters are the first to report problems and they SHOULD be considered.

<<So when webmasters start reporting GDS, their concerns have to be seriously considered -- and especially during a large epidemic as currently has happened. Some of those suffering from GDS do indeed represent changes at Google that may be bad or imperfect for searchers.<<


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Msg#: 13886 posted 6:19 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

The subscribers version is much more indepth, but the free version is still an excellent recap of the miserable month of May.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 13886 posted 6:29 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Agreed WebG it's a great newsletter to subscribe to.

I do think those here who think that recent backlink data is in fact being used should note that Matt Cutts admits that they are indeed using old data for scoring.


WebmasterWorld Senior Member jdmorgan us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 13886 posted 8:18 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)


Thanks! Not a good article - a great article...

We ought to redirect forum 3 in its entirety over to Danny's article for a week. It would cut down on the "chicken little" posts - as Danny puts it - and it would also make most posters feel better.

My take on the current situation is that G made a big enough change that it had to update not only the database at the various datacenters, but also the query-processing code itself - most likely adding "hooks" for new and future page-weighting and -filtering tweaks. So it's a big change, intended to support major search quality improvement in the future.

But in order to make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs, so we've all been seeing the results of stale backlinks. I can't comment further, because that is all I have seen - missing backlinks. Other than that, no change in rank or traffic at all - across several sites. But I think G knew there would be some impact, and decided to "Just do it and get it over with" until the next update restores the missing pieces. For those following the predictions of a third-quarter IPO, it would make sense to "get over the hump" of a major algo update now, rather than later -- Taking the long-term view that is so obviously missing in forum 3 these days.

Anyway, a very nice "sanity injection" article IMHO...


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