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Google.com SERP Changes - June 2008
annej




msg:3663831
 8:24 pm on May 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've wondered too as to why some search terms are affected more than others and some result pages are changing around while other barely move.

Has anyone seen any relationship between how popular a search the term is and how much movement is going on?

As to when it will end I don't think we can predict as nothing quite like this has gone on before.

[edited by: tedster at 2:48 am (utc) on June 1, 2008]

 

Right Reading




msg:3670480
 3:25 pm on Jun 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

>> "I run a non-profit site so paying for Adwords is out of the question."

There is nothing preventing nonprofits from using Adwords.

Hissingsid




msg:3670673
 8:12 pm on Jun 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

oasisfan I thought google's bots were intelligent enough to have see the content in the order it is presented on the screen, not neccessarily in the raw order its in the website without the css to format it?

Perhaps Google should rank pages on the basis of the content as rendered but that is not the case, unless something very interesting indeed has changed recently.

If you are in a competitive keyword area even small subtle changes to your content can affect your ranking significantly.

If you compare old page that ranked well with new page that ranks poorly you should find some clues.

Cheers

Sid

PS I wouldn't take the BS that the folks at Google spew out as anything other than BS, spin and misinformation.

g1smd




msg:3670779
 11:05 pm on Jun 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hmm. I have reported some oddities in this and the other thread over the last week.

Tonight I had a brainwave. Do a search for "company name" on the Google Gadgets Custom Search Engine box already on the site.

Amazing. It lists all but five of the pages from the site. So, Google does have that data, but they just don't show all of it in regular searches.

outland88




msg:3670896
 3:11 am on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

I tell you what I find funny. I have absolutely no penalties in Google India or any part of the world where I canít speak the language. In fact I rank first page for three major keywords in India I quit chasing shortly after the Florida update.

If its an OOP penalty like Matt Cutts claims how come Iím not equally penalized for OOPing all over the world. Is Cutts saying I geographically OOPed to much or is he saying if I donít speak the language I wonít be OOPed? I guess that stands to reason because if I can't speak the language my OOPing abilities would be vastly diminished therefore my intent to violate the guidelines is lessened. But what if youíre multi-lingual? How did Mr. Google know I didnít know French that well? A lot of food for thought here. Those guys are to funny. :)

Hissingsid




msg:3671011
 7:36 am on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi outland88,

Where did they say what we are seeing is an oop penalty?

Cheers

Sid

confuscius




msg:3671017
 7:52 am on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

g1smd - could you explain your last post a little more? 'the site'?

Google has for some years 'overspidered' virtually every site that I have - it will have taken many pages into its memory only for a proportion of them to ever be visible even though they all contain unique information - a bit like looking through the letterbox of a house where you can see the doors to many rooms but not inside them if the doors have been closed. Perhaps Google just closed another door or more likely reduced the size of the letterbox!

restless




msg:3671169
 12:57 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Anyone seen an increase in G traffic since yesterday, i see 4 of my sites have doubled in traffic when comparing it to yesterday

restless




msg:3671170
 1:01 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

I forgot to add that just today I removed some unrelated interlinking between a few of my sites hosted on the same server, some of them were site wide because of the template system I was using, surely G is not that fast to catch on and reward me! :)

netmeg




msg:3671262
 2:55 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

>> "I run a non-profit site so paying for Adwords is out of the question."

There is nothing preventing nonprofits from using Adwords.

In fact, if you qualify under Google Grants, Google will even pay for it.

I got my sitelinks back yesterday. Now, if they'd just update them to include the ones I *want*...

outland88




msg:3672366
 6:19 pm on Jun 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

HB, Cutts a while back made reference to a some sites suffering from over optimization penalties and it took on a life of its own to explain some penalties.

I was just making a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact if the penalty existed why wasnít it equally applied in all countries. The penalties and filters seem to be applied more to the US markets. I consider this somewhat unfair in that all country engines have a check box for results only from that country but the US does not. Why shouldnít US based results enjoy the same check box. In fact if these country only results are deemed essential for so many countries wouldnít it hold truer for one of the bigger markets.

petehall




msg:3672380
 6:37 pm on Jun 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have never seen such messy results.

Not impressed.

potentialgeek




msg:3672788
 8:19 am on Jun 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

outland88,

I agree. Google defaults to the google search engine of your country (google.ca or google.co.uk, etc.). Most Americans may not know that. But if you're in another country you have to change your settings (opt in) to get google.com. What would be the logic of penalties based on geography? Americans are bigger optimizers or spammers than anyone else!?

p/g

Hissingsid




msg:3672816
 9:11 am on Jun 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi,

Clearly, if you are going to use penalties, they need to be applied at different thresholds for different markets. Markets that don't use English are easy but those that are separate but use slightly different forms of English are more difficult to deal with.

For example the natural link development of a site in the UK is less than 1/10th the level of something similar in the US. If thresholds were set for the US then UK link buying cheats would never get over the threshold and would never be penalised.

In my niche the thresholds for the UK are too high now. I recon my site lives in a quiet rural community with very low crime levels. The folks here hate the crime that exists but the Police are too busy fighting the inner city estate crime that is completely out of control. I want Google to do more in my neighbourhood.

Having said that I don't think penalties are the solution. As we have discussed elsewhere if Google simply removed the benefit of any spam activity it would not matter on what scale it was happening and new exploits which can target competitor sites would be diffused.

Cheers

Sid

g1smd




msg:3673599
 1:15 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Another oddity.

Snippet shows some content I added to an existing page about 5 or 6 hours ago.

Google Cache is dated 18 hours ago, and cache copy does not show that content.

Title in SERPs shows the amended title of the page (amended at same time as extra content added), cache does not.

HuskyPup




msg:3673604
 1:27 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

g1smd

LOL...I was about to post something similar earlier today until Telehouse in London had a major outage!

This afternoon I had at least one site index page in the SERPS for two search terms with the same cache date of 8th June one with the current title bar and the other with a title bar from at least a month ago!

IMHO all I can say is that whatever is happening is not the fault of most webmasters or sites...hey, guess what, G's broken again!

g1smd




msg:3673607
 1:38 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ah, yes, Google DOES keep old data.

See the discussion I initiated on that subject a couple of years ago.

The entry with the old title will be a Supplemental Result.

Either that or you got results from different datacentres, one updated, and one not.

outland88




msg:3673611
 1:43 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Those oddities have been going on quite a while with the cache g1smd. I've even seen then update half a page in the cache. Steveb seems more aware of these oddities. You can even do a search for pages and Google will show them not in the index then do a keyword search and there they will sit right in front of you. My conclusion is these Google guys have copies of copies of copies that get intertwined somehow. Really its how they crawl now that screws up many sites.

outland88




msg:3673621
 1:57 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Another cutie Iíve watched with Google bots is they can flash a 304 for a page then a minute later gives the same page a 200. This in turn would sometimes continue 2-3 times every thirty minutes for the same page.

tedster




msg:3673631
 2:10 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Outland, you may be seeing the sign of some kind of server trouble there. Googlebot doesn't issue those status codes. It requests a url and the website's server sends a response that includes the status code.

outland88




msg:3673695
 5:16 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I consider about everything but since I've never had any problem in any other engine(dozens)unless I see something consistently happening to all I dont chase it.

Robert Charlton




msg:3673725
 6:34 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

g1smd - Re indexing "oddities"... the pattern I generally see when making a page change is that I will see expected (or unexpected ;) ) ranking movement slightly before I see a change in the serps page title... and I will see the serps page title change before I see a change in the cache.

In order to monitor this, I've made punctuation or capitalization changes in titles where I haven't changed wording.

The actual times involved depend on the type of page and site and how often I change things, PageRank and position of page in the site, when in the crawling cycle all this happens, and what else Google happens to be doing... but, in my experience, this order of steps has been consistent for quite a while now.

Additional serps changes that complicate this pattern might occur for a variety of reasons that we've all been discussing, but this is for initial changes on otherwise relatively stable pages.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:36 am (utc) on June 13, 2008]

Hissingsid




msg:3674696
 9:45 am on Jun 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

The tool I like to use to look at DCs is back on-line this morning so we can check the DCs easily again.

I'm seeing 4 different result sets. For example each of these have a different top 5. Same sites just shuffled. 6-10 are constant.

64.233.161.107
64.233.167.107
64.233.179.107
64.233.183.107

For some reason I hope the bottom one wins ;)

Cheers

Sid

[edited by: tedster at 3:10 pm (utc) on June 14, 2008]

tedster




msg:3674775
 3:11 pm on Jun 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Now that is interesting. Four different sets is more than I've noticed on any Google domain results.

internetheaven




msg:3674777
 3:14 pm on Jun 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

I just jumped from #121 to #4 for my top keyphrase and #347 to #35 for my second keyphrase on a site that I thought had been stung by an over-optimization filter (I actually described the item with all the relevant synonyms and related topics, there are links pointing to the page with relevant anchor text and I have the product names in both the title, the heading and in an alt tag ... what was I thinking trying to be usable!).

I got all excited and then just 4 minutes later I was gone again, back to the bottom ... :(

Google, you're a tease! Is this your new anti-SEO tactic? Give us all heart attacks?

dickbaker




msg:3674979
 11:06 pm on Jun 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

My site has had its rankings drop for a number of terms, but it's still first-page for most of them. Where before I was #4 or #5 for a term, I'm now #7 to #10.

That in and of itself wouldn't concern me, as I've seen it happen before, and I've always bounced back.

What seems to be happening in my niche is that the sites that were solidly #1 to #3 are holding their rankings. It's the sites in the middle that are in flux.

My site deals with widgets. For the phrase "Acme widgets" I ranked #4 or #5 for several years. Now I'm at #8 to #10. The sites that are appearing in the middle of the results are weak sites: lower traffic than mine, lower page rank, and not as relevant to the search term.

These sites in the middle are in almost constant flux. They come and go almost daily, or even more frequently.

A search yesterday really floored me. I did a search for "Acme widgets," and the site in the #4 spot across several datacenters was a MFA site for <a completely unrelated phrase>. I couldn't figure out what it was doing there, as there were no links on the site for anything related to widgets. Then I realized the owner had created some pages (MFA as well) that listed MSRP prices for Acme widgets. That's it.

This is unlike every update I've experienced in the last seven years.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:46 pm (utc) on June 15, 2008]
[edit reason] removed specifics [/edit]

g1smd




msg:3674987
 11:38 pm on Jun 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the tip that a "certain site" is now back online, after a week or two away.

The list with all the IPs ending in .107 was a good clue as to which one it is.

outland88




msg:3674989
 11:46 pm on Jun 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

A new twist I'm seeing in my areas with the shrinking results is you get two variations. One set with 500-575 returns and another with 700-775 returns. In fact on one major keyword it shrunk to 479 returned results. Maybe Google is figuring there is a lot of server load with people looking for their sites. Ain't it the truth.

internetheaven




msg:3675763
 8:56 am on Jun 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

Looks like the #4 rotation we speculated on last month has become a #4 and #5 rotation system?

Hissingsid




msg:3675811
 10:31 am on Jun 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi Outland88,

That's a very interesting observation.

I'm seeing the same in the main terms I watch. Also .co.uk seems to have slightly more total results and returned results.

I would have thought .co.uk should have less as it should be a geo filter.

Cheers

Sid

cson




msg:3677486
 12:43 pm on Jun 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have seen drastic traffic drop on my website.. almost 90% G traffic loss, My site was getting traffic mainly from India via Google.co.in, it is pure informative site. The traffic is down from last 2 days (from 16th June)

I just want to know from you guys (if you know).... is this temporary fluctuation or permanent?

reply would be appreciable,
Cson

Hissingsid




msg:3677514
 1:17 pm on Jun 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi Cson,

If you want a doctor to diagnose an illness remotely you have to describe the symptoms in far more detail than that.

Go and dig around to see what has happened to your rankings etc and report back.

Cheers

Sid

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