It's a new month and our regular SERP watching thread has been neglected a bit lately. Most of the posting right now is on dedicated threads focused on specific changes - especially the Scraping algo change [webmasterworld.com] and the promised (but not yet active) campaign against Content Farms [webmasterworld.com].
But Google's perpetual update machine keeps on turning. I'm particularly wondering about sites that publish a lot of legitimately syndicated content rather than a lot of original content. Did your rankings and traffic wobble with the "dupe content update"? If they dropped, did they rebound?
I'm watching one such website and though they are mostly republished content, nothing seemed to change.
[edited by: tedster at 6:00 pm (utc) on Feb 4, 2011]
[edited by: tedster at 8:38 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]
The last few days, traffic was extremely low, yet sales conversions were very high. Today traffic has returned and sales conversions are the typical post Mayday low. There is a lot of jumping in the serps right now, so I tend to agree with Jessica - the sorting is still underway. I'll let you know when my "four in a row" listings decay, because that may be a sign that they are close to completion of this phase...and then we await the next...