suggy - 7:33 pm on Jul 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Despite getting obliterated in 2.2 (after signs of improvement in May) one of my pages in particular remains in rude good health for a very big search.
I am beginning to wonder if there is a pattern, it's just not apparent to us because we're not staring at the data. Maybe this is micro not macro....
We are looking for similarities between pages that got panned, sites that got slung out, etc. But, what if google is looking at (nee learning) similarities between pages people like and dislike for specific searches or keywords or searches related to searches? We'd see no pattern at all!
Under these circumstances, there would be no apparent commonality at all at a macro level; only at search phrase/ cluster/ semantic level.
At it's most basic, this filtering process might mean ensuring SERPS do not contain 'informational' pages for searches Google has learned (or suspects) are transactional. (remember those groans when you landed on an article page instead of somewhere you can actually buy the thing!)
Kind of fits with decision tree and machine learning and user feedback suspicions. AND, more importantly, with the complete lack of common factors in what lost out!