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We've got action.....almost all datacenters are reverting back to non 6 bugged positions.
I'm still curious as hell what caused this whole thing in the first place.
[edited by: Timetraveler at 7:28 am (utc) on Jan. 25, 2008]
[edited by: tedster at 8:43 pm (utc) on Jan. 29, 2008]
I must have a different disease with the same symptoms because I see no signs of recovery.
I've moved up from #6 back to #2 just hoping it will stay that way.
My site is back to normal for first time today, was "sixed" since 17 Dec
Very good to hear Chief. Now that we are at this stage, who thinks it was simply a glitch in data?
Hopefully it stays...
|who thinks it was simply a glitch in data |
I'm still going with my earlier theory.
This had all the markings of a normal testing roll-out when it began.
Then suddenly it got switched to all the DCs with no rhyme or reason.
Again, this was right before Christmas. aka. people aren't really focused on work. They'll focused on holidays, vacations, etc.
If human error is a "glitch" then you can call it that.
But from observing the past week, it seems obvious to me that the "test" never got finished or it was forgotten or whatever.
If you eliminate the 3+ weeks were nothing happened and things were "stuck" the entire testing proceeded like most test.
Test starts on a few DCs ---> Rolls out to more.----> Moves to live google.com off and on for a day or two to get actual results ---> results slowly but surely start to roll back onto less DCs until the results are folded in or discarded.
This usually happens in a week/week and a half. -- not a month+.
which is why i even started this stupid observation :P
I'm looking good too - took awhile for me to see it though. Have friends from around the country telling me I'm back as well. Let's hope it sticks.
Met some nice people here in the process. Thanks to all for sharing and trying to help.
Think I'll start hanging around more :-)
I have also released from Position 6 limbo. All my affected keyword phrases have returned.
It looks like Position 6 is gone from all data centers now.
yeah even we back to the spot :).
I guess we really can't call this a penalty but for those familiar with -# penalties and certain filters, have you ever seen anything as systematic as this rolled out through the serps with no such explanation once it finally was fixed? It seems like most filters and penalties have a causal relationship, semantics, whatever, and end up getting figured out but this one...I think we never would have figured out. Nothing made sense.
In fact, the pos. 6 data was likely folded into the other data, as newer rankings I have achieved for non affected pages is now mixed with returned positions that were previously pos. 6.
Could even be that somehow we got to 'see' the re-ranking filter that Tedster has talked about, but that the operation, which was due to continue and unfold, was inaccurate. This might also why there it was not acknowledged at Google, why it wasn't stopped if there were errors part way, as doing so could shed light on elements of the process of ranking?
order seems to have been restored, but i could not even begin to offer a clue as to what has been observed. pages i left alone, pages with massive link changes, and pages whose on-page content was churned, all return to previous states of grace, at least for last two days.
if google was trying to get the attention of the complacent, it worked in this little corner of the net.
Its still not stable, I see our site moving up and down, from #1 to #5 .. (just avoiding the #6 position though)
I'm seeing the #6 ceiling penalty lifted from the sites I was tracking, but the same penalty looks to be rolling through the datacenters on some different sites now...I only have a couple examples so I can't be sure if that was part 1 of a multi-part test or a fluke. If this thread gets a bunch of new people complaining in a few days we'll know the answer.
In some of the serps that I've been watching the were hit by the Position #6 "Penalty," I've noticed, as the results have been updated, that various manifestations of Universal Search have been introduced. Eg, news articles are now almost regularly appearing fairly high up, say at #4, on some searches where they've never appeared before.
I'm wondering out loud whether there was any connection between this test (if that's what it was) and this new positioning.
I should also add that not all of the #6 results I've watched moved back up. Some have dropped down further.
Have all of the sites that have suffered a drop on Google.com in this #6 penalty got a non US ip address? (This is what I am seeing!) I'm thinking this is a Geo serps shift rather than a penalty.
We are out of the #6 spot and sitting at #2 solidly for the past couple days. Hopefully it will stay this way, until we go to #1 ;)
yes we recovered and have a UK based IP.
I'm also seeing recovery for some US IP addresses. But I agree that this is probably the first stage of some more general change in how the SERPs are put together.
Most of the websites I watch have recovered, some moved up, others moved down.
Matt Cutts confirmed [sphinn.com] the roll back - it seems like this was all a mistake.
[edited by: tedster at 8:44 pm (utc) on Jan. 29, 2008]
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Don't say mistake, unintended consequence is more polite.
|Don't say mistake, unintended consequence is more polite. |
LOL - true.
|Matt Cutts confirmed the roll back - it seems like this was all a mistake. |
Gee, it's almost like he read this thread and decided to ask somebody what was going on.
And he's said nothing for the past 4 weeks?!
<insert "mass Google Noise grumbling to those who know why i'm grumbling" here>
Is that it over for most of you then or are there others here still suffering?
I'm still suffering.
confirm end of -6 penalty for my sites. -cleanup
Were not back up to where we were (# 1), but we have been released from position # 6 and are moving up across all DC's. This is a nice change as we were just stuck at that # 6 position ever since this thing started.
Moral of the story; Don't rush to make changes when these aberrations occur.
Hope everyone gets back to where they were, and we can all look forward to fretting over the next Google burp.
I am still shuffling, back to #5, top 4 are not of that quality, really cheap sites.
I'm still suffering too. We were up top #1, now we were fluxing between 5 $ 6 and now it's at the bottom of the page. Yikes..if they are really turning back we would be #1 again....right?
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