Yippee2 - 7:21 pm on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hello all, I have found this thread to be a great resource and really appreciate all the insight. I am not a webmaster by any means, I have a traditional job but the better our website does, the better off I will be. So I do help alot on our sight and believe I have a fairly decent aptitude for SEO and would like topoint out a few things I have seen in no deliberate order;
My business is a pretty small niche in the grand scheme of things and my major keyword always returned G results in the area of 30 million. for about the last 4 weeks, the returned results have been steadily recovering from a low of about 300k pages to currently about 6.5 million. I point this out because it coincides with the rebuilding index theory. It has never gone backwards from the one massive drop, just slowly increasing little by little.
I just recently signed up for GWT and cant say alot about it other than my impressions are always the same for any 30 day period either "x number" or "y number" but never anything different even if the daily number is different than the difference from x to y. And the "average position" not even close anywhere across the board. So I conclude that GWT is broke.
I have seen 2 pages dissapear from the cache: but stay in the site: only to reappear in the cache: a week later or two. I am seeing serps that say "17 hours ago" next to my snippet only to have a cache 4 days old. I last week released 50 pages and had them indexed and cached within 2 days but saw a few anomolies in descriptions and snippets showing up mismatched for about 72 hours then they all settled properly.
There have been numerous things that I noticed but didnt share and will be better about posting but from were I am sitting with a true rookie eye and trying to understand all this with no historical basis to pull from, I do believe there is a massive struggle in the G data structure causing an overall re evaluation of the WWW.