SEOWebArt - 9:39 am on Apr 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've been reading all your posts in the last month, so I decided to tell my story here as it may be helpful for someone to know about.
9 years old domain ranked on the 19th page of Google. - after SEO is applied to the website around 15th of December 2009 (301s, URL rewrites, new content) it lost rankings and went down on page 60 in Google SERPs.
When 2010 started (mid-January or so) the website got new rankings and was ranked on 35th page for the most competitive keyword.
In the beginning of March the website went to page 24, and after a while, March 15th - the website was ranked on the 16th page in Google SERPs. Which is 3 pages less since December 2009.
I thought the 16th page was the Caffeine's calculated ranking for my website... but after 5 days, it all went back to the SERPs 2,3 months ago.
Today I'm on the last page of Google.com .. waiting for Caffeine to stabilize.
However, Google is perfectly working with indexing of new pages. We did another URL rewrite 1 month ago and I can see that Google is updating its index once a week or so...
As I'm building links since December, I can tell you for sure that every link from mid-February till today is not taken into Google SERPs calculation. The links I got in December and January are showing up in my link profile.. but those from mid-February, March and April, no.
So, all I can say is that this waiting is really frustrating. I don't know what to expect and I don't know what's going on in Google. I'm ranked on the 4th page in Bing.com for the most competitive keyword and on the other side, I'm (currently) ranked nowhere on Google.com for that same keyword.
I'm sure that these SERPs are not the final answer from Google's Caffeine.. but whatever the final answer is, I hope it will come soon.