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Old copy of page in index and lost 30 positions
Been indexed every day for 2 weeks and now an old version is in index
codepatch




msg:173719
 7:40 am on Mar 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hello,

I have a small page for an orchestra in Germany.
The last 2 weeks or so googlebot visited my index page every day and showed my page on position #1 when I searched for the name of the orchestra and displayed the time it was last indexed.
Now however I rank #31 although the name of the orchestra is in the page title.
Furthermore google displays an old version of the page dating 25th February. The last time googlebot visited my page was however 12th March.

Is this normal behaviour?
Furthermore I would like to know how often google updates its Open Directory data?

Thanks in advance
Kind regards
Codepatch

 

Stefan




msg:173720
 5:04 am on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

The last 2 weeks or so googlebot visited my index page every day and showed my page on position #1 when I searched for the name of the orchestra and displayed the time it was last indexed.

Is the site new? When did it go online?

Now however I rank #31 although the name of the orchestra is in the page title.

Is this on a search that is the exact same as what had you as #1 the last 2 weeks?

Is this normal behaviour?

If the site is new and your nice shiny #1 suddenly plummeted to #31, then this could be normal. It might pop back up as things shake out. There is speculation about a boost that happens with new sites; that could perhaps be a factor.

There is a chance that you got caught in an algo tweak too, of course...

What one does anyway is to get more backlinks, (links from pertinent quality sites to your orchestra site), add content, (lots of text/info that improves the site for your users), choose good <title>titles</title>, and be patient.

(And welcome to WebmasterWorld.)

codepatch




msg:173721
 6:51 am on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the answer.
It think it must have been the boost for new pages.
But I still do not understand why it displays an old version of the page.

Anyway thanks again

webnewton




msg:173722
 7:04 am on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Patience codepatch! Google will normalise your results again.

CCowboy




msg:173723
 7:38 am on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

I agree with webnewton! Hopefully, Google will see the light sooner than later!

SEO takes lots of time and patience. You can't panic... when results change, just build more pages and don't change a thing on the old pages and of course get more links for all pages! If Google does not find you, Yahoo will!

black




msg:173724
 8:03 am on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've had the same problem, but with bigger proportions :(
My site went up on 1st march; immediately, thanks to backlinks found, I got first page results for hundred of keywords. Now all the keys've dropped 30-40-50 positions and lost 3/4 of my traffic
The alive pages seems to be only the pages spidered since 5-6 march; but not sure.
In italy a lot of serps have been shackered on 13 march
A new update?

My site has indexed 42.900 pages on www and 45.400 on www2

I think my pages have been spidered in the middle of an update.

Any suggestion? I'm loosing a lot of money every day :(

madman21




msg:173725
 8:13 am on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

One of my sites has been showing really old tags for 3 days now. And, one of my sites was completely dropped from the index. This sucks...Yahoo was still using Google results for my sites as well :(

madman21




msg:173726
 8:28 am on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm not done yet!
Why are links ranking higher then the actual site?

CCowboy




msg:173727
 9:16 am on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Once again, don't panic... when results change, just build more pages and don't change a thing on the old pages as far as SEO. Always get more links and update for all pages!

I made a decision 4 or 5 months ago that Yahoo would use most of the known Google Algo! Yahoo would never buy a SE without knowing the basics of that SE ALGO (Need I repeat This).

I know that after this IPO, Google will go back to 95% of the proven algo.

As a result my conversions are kicking butt! Yahoo is my number one source of traffic.

Just relax and let Yahoo find your old pages if they still exist! If not get tape backup, Google will come around!

madman21




msg:173728
 9:09 pm on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

The site that was dropped just popped up in 64 fully indexed.
Yahoo is also using some 64 results.

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