backdraft7 - 1:49 am on Jan 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think the problem may be temporary, but it shows that Google is still not satisfied, nor may never be satisfied with their algo. The strange thing for us through all these ups and downs is that our position has changed only +/- 1 in the serps. It almost appears as if the entire Google system breaks for brief periods of time. My old bubble sort theory still makes the most sense to me. They make an algo change and your site goes through the whole sorting process again. Sometimes it takes hours, sometimes days, but they just can't keep their hands off the switches down at Google.
As a side note, a few weeks ago (when things were running smoothly) I was writing a blog post and I'm not kidding, it was listed in the serps withing 3 to 5 minutes! I tried that again this week and nothing seems to be getting ingested. Perhaps the system is busy re-sorting after a quality tweak.
Like I said, they can make it lightening fast with big bumpy disruptions, but I'd rather see slower & smoother. After all, I can't type faster than a speeding bullet.
The roller coaster ride continues into 2011.