| 8:48 am on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I'm seeing huge changes in the SERPs for the keyphrases that I keep an eye on. For example, I've slipped from near the top of the first page to the second page for one major keyphrase and to page three for another. Most of the page 1 listings are sites that I don't recall seeing there before (including a couple of Yahoo and Google directory pages). And it isn't just me: Another long-established site on my topic (a respected authority site owned by a well-known guidebook author) has also been knocked down for the same keyphrases.
The main keyphrase rankings for my site and the other guy's have been remarkable stable through countless Google updates, including Florida and Allegra, so the dramatic changes come as quite a surprise (and one that will be short-lived, I hope!).
Side note: Two of my better inbound links were PR6 links from a major financial magazine's awards pages. Oddly enough, the Google toolbar for one of those pages is now white, and the other's is grey. I wonder what's up with that?
| 12:09 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
The last couple of days I've seen my site fluctuating between #9 and the lower 40ies for my main keyword. Looking for a phrase that always brought up one of my articles on #1 there are now a 404-error and two spam-sites ahead of mine.
Results are odd and SERPS are jumping around nervously. Maybe there's something ahead. Maybe it is just the flux and we need to arrange ourselves with that.
| 12:48 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
My site had 90 backlinks about 2 weeks ago, then it went to 50 last week. Now only 11 as today, looks like old link data.
As per usual link quanity affects ranking :)
| 1:28 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
snowflake, I also noticed a huge drop in SERPs yesterday and today.
| 2:17 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Ditto here. Lost a handful of backlinks and my postitions are down.
| 2:36 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I've seen a reduction in back links and I've dropped from top 5 to #10-12 for most of my terms.
| 2:42 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
That is rather different, im sorry to say but it looks like my backlinks have went up on several websites different tlds and different hosts.
I guess the best thing is to do and wait till the mist clears and then we will have a better picture of whats going on.
| 2:48 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I haven't noticed any change in backlinks for about three weeks.
| 2:51 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
We too are seeing some changes, I kept looking here to see if anyone else was. Looks like we are making up some that we lost during allegra.
| 3:05 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I never contribute to "Google update?" threads because my niche, "free spinning widget plans" (663K results) has been stable for years, including recent major updates.
For the first time in ages, I see a major shake up in my little corner of the web.
Mister #1, after holding this position for at least 5 years, has tumbled to #4.
All the other sites on page 1 of the SERP are topsy-turvy, including some newcomers.
Who's #1? Me. Which is good, because my site is without a doubt the most relevent, highest quality and largest "free spinning widget plans" site on the web.
I think I'm going to like this update.
| 3:17 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
don't know if it is really an update. However, many serps from my site are missing the fresh tag. After losing 75 percent of my traffic on Feb, 2nd some relief would be great.
Let's see what will happen.
| 3:33 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Don't know if it's an update with a capital "U" but I've never seen such dramatic movements from my vantage point.
Again, from my vantage point, nothing ever happened with all the updates that got you all excited, Allegra, Florida, etc.
| 4:46 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I'm seeing the signs of something too. My index page has lost it's fresh tag, and I've dropped a couple of pages in the SERPs for most of my pet KWs.
The fact that europeforvisitors has seen something similar makes me think this will pass (it's a weekend at the end of the month, prime for a dance).
| 5:14 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
"Don't know if it's an update with a capital "U" but I've never seen such dramatic movements from my vantage point.
Again, from my vantage point, nothing ever happened with all the updates that got you all excited, Allegra, Florida, etc."
It's VERY big from my vantage point too.
| 5:33 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
pretty big change in the serp's for me as well.
My google traffic is triple what it was just three days ago.
| 7:18 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I have been analyzing the datacenters ever since Allegra and think that Allegra still is going. When Allegra started, it seemed to split data into two groups. These two groups of data can fluctuate on any given datacenter even though some datacenters are more stable than others. About once every 10 to 14 days the data seem to merge into one. Within a few days after that they split up again.
The two backlink sets that I am seeing are from the last two previous updates unless I am not looking at a datacenter that has a third fresh backlink update. I really can not tell what Google is doing but maybe it is realated to Geo targeting and some sort of 302 redirect patching.
Another thing happen last week with my main competitor for our major 2 keyword phrase, they disappeared for one day and came back the next with not only home page returning but also a duplicate internal page as an indented page underneath the home page in the SERPS. They were using some sort of inernal redirecting when you would access the TLD you would be redirected to a subpage which targeted the main keyword phrase. It is like Google switched off the duplicate page filter for internal 302. So now they have the #1 and #2 spot with two URL's but duplicate pages-:)
| 7:20 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Number of results for a google search for site:wikipedia.org
across all known (by me) datacenters
Sample taken on 24 Mar 05 at 12:10 UTC by BReflection
18.104.22.168 : 4,590,000
22.214.171.124 : 2,760,000
126.96.36.199 : 4,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 2,760,000
184.108.40.206 : 6,500,000
220.127.116.11 : 6,500,000
18.104.22.168 : 6,500,000
22.214.171.124 : 4,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 4,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 4,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 4,590,000
220.127.116.11 : 4,590,000
18.104.22.168 : 4,590,000
22.214.171.124 : 7,350,000
126.96.36.199 : 7,350,000
188.8.131.52 : 4,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 4,590,000
220.127.116.11 : 4,170,000
18.104.22.168 : 4,170,000
22.214.171.124 : 5,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 5,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 5,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 5,590,000
220.127.116.11 : 5,040,000
18.104.22.168 : 7,350,000
22.214.171.124 : 4,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 4,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 4,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 4,590,000
220.127.116.11 : 5,590,000
18.104.22.168 : 5,590,000
22.214.171.124 : 5,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 5,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 5,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 5,040,000
220.127.116.11 : 5,040,000
18.104.22.168 : 2,740,000
| 7:26 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I started seeing broad changes 2 days ago. Most of the top ten for my important keywords have shuffled. Only two of the top ten remain. We have been #1 or #2 for several years. Now we are #23. Kinda sucks but Google obviously doesn't owe me anything.
What I really don't like is the new #1 has a front page that has two links. 1 to a link section with related sites and another to an affiliate program. Absolutely ZERO content at all.
I REALLY hope this update changes back quickly.
| 7:31 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Big changes for me today! People can actually find my site. Keep it up G!
| 9:42 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Big changes for me too! My site traffic is back like it was before Allegra.
| 11:11 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I haven't nailed the exact datacenters yet, but some of them have results that would be wonderfully helpful. (Results are gone today for everyone I check... seems to be an every other day rotation for me)
Yesterday, one site that hasn't ranked in G for the past 6 months appears to be ranking in the top 3 for 10+ terms. Just hope those results come back.
| 12:27 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I had huge spidering at the end of last month.
There has been a massive drop in spider this month (1/10th.)
My trafic is up around 20% last couple of days - but I'm still mosty sandboxed for money terms.
Notwithstanding this, Google provides 12 X traffic of Yahoo and x 20 MSN!
| 12:49 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|Notwithstanding this, Google provides 12 X traffic of Yahoo and x 20 MSN! |
My Google-to-Yahoo ratio was about 11:1 until yesterday, when it dropped to about 7.5:1.
As others have observed, the authority knob seems to have been turned down (or the switch shut off), at least for now. The Widgetean Keyword Commission is #1 for "widgetean keyword" (as one would expect) but has fallen from a consistent ranking in the top 3 to #116 for "keyword widget."
| 1:19 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
What is interesting about this update that occurred yesterday afternoon is the stability of it. For the last few weeks, I have been seeing two distinct results that fluctuated once a day at approximately the same time. This update has not budged and I have never seen these results in any data center before. I have a feeling this one will stay for a while.
| 1:44 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|What is interesting about this update that occurred yesterday afternoon is the stability of it. |
I've seen quite a bit of flux since yesterday, albeit for a limited data sample.
| 2:19 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
"I've seen quite a bit of flux since yesterday, albeit for a limited data sample."
I wish I saw the same thing, but this one seems set in stone from my end; at least for as long as it lasts. LOL
| 2:27 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Well, I just visited for the first time today and had to go look at what everyone was talking about.
Strange results in my niche that I would not expect to last too long. Holding page at #5. #7 and #8 are the same site listed under different domain names.
| 2:38 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
have to agree with what EFV has said. Am seeing some very unusual results.
| 6:51 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Yeah. From what I can tell with my site, it's been reverted back to a month ago. Same back link results and similar traffic (down :( )
<added>I'm seeing a whole lot of blog spammers back on some serps though</added>
| 7:35 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
3 of my sites droped during alegra are back ,in all Data Centers.
| 8:56 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I can NOT believe this made the first page news of Webmasterworld! There is NOT a backlink update. As has been verified by several members in this thread, there have been at least two backlink datasets floating around for the past 12 weeks!
Ref msg 21 and 22 of this thread.