| 2:50 am on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
It's funny you mention this since I have not checked the caffeine DC either until I read your post. Now a term that I have done some work on in the last 3-5 days as well has moved to position one. I guess I will start watching this dc a little closer to see what happens.
| 10:19 am on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Well, the observation is that almost every SEO seems to rank better on the caffien-DC then in the normal SERPs. The Q is: What does that mean?
| 12:35 pm on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Well, the observation is that almost every SEO seems to rank better on the caffien-DC then in the normal SERPs. The Q is: What does that mean?
Here's some candidates:
1) "Spammy" imprints are excluded from sandbox source data
2) Only pages with a minimum PR value are in sandbox
3) Penalisation is more effective (accuracy and specificity)
4) Some "frowned upon" practices are now smiled upon (bad habits are now excused)
5) Good practices are receiving a bigger reward (for eg, scrappy markup is no longer excused)
6) Sandbox algo does not include all anti-SEO counter-measures (of the type that means amateur webmasters can get their good content to rank without using good practice)
Its a good question, worth some testing to see if any of the above are true. Anyone else got ideas?
| 2:20 pm on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Shadows - Several of the candidates in your list suggest that the current sandbox is a poor indicator of what will actually happen when the real Caffeine goes live.
| 3:55 pm on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
when you start with a faulty premise,
you ALWAYS get faulty conclusions.
Who said "only SEOs are doing well" on sandbox.goog?!
It's obvious who LIKES sandbox.goog as they are speaking up loudly in this thread.
It's also subtly obvious who doesn't like the SERPs if one follows this thread back to it origins.
Personally, I haven't spoken one way or another whether my sites or clients sites are doing better or worse on sandbox.goog.
My one and only comment about the "quality" of the original sandbox SERPs was that it appeared many minor Over-Optimization Penalties had been removed.
And I can certainly see enough "SEO'ed sites" doing worse in the results.
Remember, the first page is a ZERO-SUM game, so somebody is doing worse, whether they speak up in this thread or not.
Let's start with more solid premises before jumping to anecdotal conclusions.
| 4:37 pm on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|it appeared many minor Over-Optimization Penalties had been removed |
That could line up with a faster infrastructure. On the legacy system, phrase-based spam thresholds were only recalculated on a rather long cycle, probably because those calculations are computationally intensive. If that cycle has been speeded up for Caffeine, then there could be fewer dolphins caught in the tuna net.
| 4:51 pm on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|That could line up with a faster infrastructure. On the legacy system, phrase-based spam thresholds were only recalculated on a rather long cycle, probably because those calculations are computationally intensive. If that cycle has been speeded up for Caffeine, then there could be fewer dolphins caught in the tuna net. |
For those interested, please reference the earlier Caffeine thread about why I believed the yo-yo issues would also be eliminated.
| 6:17 pm on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Funny, my sites were in the first ten results on Google for the last couple of years, but were moving between the first and fourth page the whole time caffeine has been percolating.
But in the caffeine sandbox they are about where I was listed in the DC's before all this started, first ten results......
It is almost like some return to former defaults are being set, but with some kind of junk filter thrown in as well.
| 8:22 pm on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)|
No change with -50 penalties, they still remain active with caffeine.
| 8:04 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)|
FWIW, I'm doing slightly better in main SERPs now than I was before the rolling update. And while it seems trivial, my traffic is way up, and converting well too.
Relative to the main SERPs, I'm barely up or down in the Sandbox. However, looking at the results, there are less amateur sites in the mix, and sites seem to be rewarded for what I would call "structure".
I've already mentally moved away from thinking the sandbox impacts SERPs, or that direct inferences from one can be applied to the other, now or in the future. As far as I'm concerned, the Caffeine architecture was "on display" in the sandbox, and will be eventually underpin the main results, once the infrastructure investments are in place.
As an off the wall suggestion, the dataset fold-in could have been G figuring out how to utilise both architecture/infrastructure set ups (caffeine and decaff) within one dataset, rather than as discrete entities. This would allow incremental datacentre upgrades without any perceivable disruption to main SERPs.
| 3:39 pm on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I've been watching the results for a 3 word phrase in both Google and Caffeine. A site that was #6 in G. for the last week just popped up to position 3. This site has at least two other duplicate sites with the very same keywords in the domain with different TLDs. So Google isn't watching very closely what sites it allows in the top ranking. The site is still #16 in Caffeine.
| 4:15 am on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)|
sorry not been following too closely as i've had my own little disaster to prevent in the last couple of weeks.
Has there been a major change, from the data sets i'm seeing on google and the sandbox i'm seeing the caffeine results way behind the live ones.
it appears a very incomplete data set, from my view the caffeinated results are approximately 5 days behind the live SERP's.
if they were the same then i wouldn't be that baffled but from cangoou and whitenight's comments i'm not seeing the speed of the infrastructure or the three sets of data. (damn i hate it when i miss things)
i can only assume that the live results i'm viewing, are the sandbox results that you guys are seeing, would that be a fair assumption.
| 4:40 am on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|it appears a very incomplete data set, from my view the caffeinated results are approximately 5 days behind the live SERP's. |
lol, no it is confusing.
At some point, We need to all agree on the same terms.
the 3 dataset roll-in was on the live SERPs (which goes with my theory that the Caffeine infrastructure is mainly already in place)
And yes, the dataset on the sandbox.goog does seem to be behind right now.
| 7:27 am on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)|
A change to title of a page is now picked up in sandbox in hours, same as in live serps.
| 9:13 am on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|We need to all agree on the same terms. |
How about this
Sandbox = test area
caffeine = the suite of changes requires for infrastructure upgrade
infrastucture = architecture + dataprocessing + ranking algo
architecture = physical DCs, specifically the hardware
Caffeine is live in the sandbox.
Since the fold-in, caffiene is unquestionably in evidence in main SERPs. I have pages ranking, TOP 3, minutes after publication
I doubt Caffeine is live on all DCs, as there has been insufficient opportunity to get the architecture in place to implement the required infrastructure.
Sandbox and SERPs diverge for reasons unknown, although I suggest algo or base data differences.
Sandbox seems completely irrelevant since the fold-in (apart from esoteric testing, of course.)
| 11:46 am on Oct 16, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I'm catching up now :)
| 4:03 pm on Oct 16, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I'm still confused about what Caffeine represents. still curious to see if anything changes.
| 8:22 pm on Oct 16, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Just noticed changes on www2 sandbox, standard Google.com and Google.co.uk. The serps do not match exactly still but the changes that have occurred are the same for all three.
For one term I watch #3 has moved to #1 and the previous #1 and #2 have moved down one slot on all 3. Similar consistent across all 3 changes in other terms I watch.
It looks to me that the sandbox is live and has same index but slightly different filters. Could simply be geo-filter. Geo filter on .co.uk is not working to create a somewhat different serp as it usually does in my UK niche. It looks like .co.uk geo-filter is not being applied.
It looks like the Google engineers all came back from a good Friday lunch and one too many Coors and decided to have a play.
| 9:27 pm on Oct 16, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Senna the Soothsayer proclaims that
"the 4th thru the 6th hour from now might be fun to watch for learning and studying of datasets"
After that, the scene switched to a different sketch so i missed what else she said.
| 8:20 pm on Oct 17, 2009 (gmt 0)|
So can anyone confirm that, as far as they can tell, whatís showing in the sandbox SERPS is whatís coming at some point in the future? Or have the results now showing in the regular SERPS already been caffeinated?
| 8:49 pm on Oct 17, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I've been tracking a 3 word phrase in both old Google and Caffeine (Keyword, Keyword, City) for over 2 weeks and printing out the first 20 results of each and I do not see the same results in both. The sites are mostly the same in both but positions do not match at all and I checked to make sure one wasn't just delayed beyond the other either. Also the city map does not show up in Caffeine.
| 10:04 pm on Oct 17, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Lorel, so have you concluded anything? It sounds like there are just two different sets of results being produced. One set is live and the other set isnít. Other than that no indication as to whether the sandbox SERPS are being introduced into the live SERPS?
| 9:06 pm on Oct 18, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I have been watching the Caffeine results for my site for quite a while now. Up until a few days ago, it seemed there were pretty wild differences between the two. For our top page the results stayed about the same. Lower pages sometimes better on Google, sometimes better on Caffeine. In the end, if Caffeine had gone live I don't think we would have seen much change in traffic, just different pages ranking.
A couple days ago after doing several searches, it looks like Caffeine is a MUCH closer match on Google.
All in all, things are looking ok. I can't speak from any penalty point of view to know whether anything like that would have been going on during the last few months of watching as I don't believe we have had any penalties on our site. So, strictly reporting from a 10 year old, ~40k page website, I think Caffeine is matching on Google more now than it was during the last few months.
The big thing that I have noticed during all of this is that for our primary keyword phrase, a few sites have popped into the first page results that really have no business being there. They are both more local sites where the rest of us are a bit more general. For example if it were travel, the main competitors on the first page might be travel for the US. Whereas two of the new results are maybe for a particular town or a particular destination in a state. Extremely localized which we have never seen at that level. This started in Caffeine and has migrated now over to Google. Neither of these sites are spam so at least that is a bonus. ;)
One of our long time competitors has been replaced in position by one of these sites which I actually think is a little sad because despite them being a competitor, the information was more relevant than the newcomer. Also, another old competitor that had dropped several pages nearly 2 years ago, has popped back on to the first page which I believe to be in better position than the several pages down. I prefer them not to be higher than us but that's part of the game.
Those are my observances from the past few months.
| 11:14 pm on Oct 18, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I've thoroughly checked out the top 12, or so, sites in Old Google and those that are bouncing around by several positions and it appears that those with the least attempts at spam, but using accepted SEO techniques, are ranking higher. I found one with a new redirect technique I've never seen before that caused their site to jump about 10 positions when the web page doesn't even have the relevant text on it, which I'm sure Google would not approve of (which I'm not going to relay here for obvious reasons). I see two blogs that bounce around but that may be due to their content changing daily affecting their rank. I see two sites with a flash display with the preferred text in noscript tags (not visible on the web page) but not enough adequate text on the actual page to affect the rank above those that have the relevant text showing on the page.
None of the above seems to have the same effect on the rank in caffeine as the same sites have different positions in both engines.
| 12:09 pm on Oct 19, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Well, the big question for me still is: What's the different between the SERPs on www2.sandbox and the normal SERPs? I'm climbing up in the sandbox while falling down in the normal SERPs, so I think I'm doing something right on the one hand and wrong on the other...
| 3:51 pm on Oct 19, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I'm just trying to find out something specific about a particular scripting language. This was stimulated by a forum (on a scripting forum ie not Webmasterworld) post I made 40 minutes ago in response to the first post in the thread made 2 hours earlier. I'm now searching around the subject and there at #2 is the thread stating last post 40 minutes ago. This is on www2 sandbox and standard google search.
Just an example of how fast the new infrastructure is.
| 4:01 pm on Oct 19, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for sharing this. Well, the Q then is: Why is the www2 sandbox still online?
<conspiracy>They are tracking all requests from the sandbox, because they know that almost only SEOs know about it</conspiracy>
| 4:08 pm on Oct 19, 2009 (gmt 0)|
13 minutes on live SERPs, in at #2.
Thats for a completely new page for a new product on a ecom site (i.e not a blog or forum or other "freshness-affected" site). It came in above several other ecoms and displaced the manufacturer.
As its not QDF, I took that to mean internal nav structure is currently a key componant of the algo.
For reference, a highly trusted review site is in at #1. I expect to take it within a month as we gain links.
| 4:18 pm on Oct 19, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I made a few changes last week that affected my rank in Google on the 17th but this doesn't show up in Caffeine yet.
| 5:10 pm on Oct 19, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|Well, the Q then is: Why is the www2 sandbox still online? |
Since many here NOW agree that Caffeine is live (ahem...still waiting on some props here from certain ppl),
I have a feeling the "sandbox algo"
(formerly known as the Caffeine algo/dataset) will become the traditional holiday dataset.
Besides being a massive FUD distraction (also remember this was released around public Bing! excitement)
Again, it's a different dataset/algo. Caffeine infrastructure, in one form or another, has been LIVE since August.
| 5:37 pm on Oct 19, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|I'm now searching around the subject and there at #2 is the thread stating last post 40 minutes ago. |
And quite distracting to boot. I was looking for background information on a news story this morning and all I found was pages of recent posts covering the news story.
I went to Bing...
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