scottsonline - 11:09 am on Apr 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
The best indicator that the results are woefully unstable:
In the last month our days to transaction has dropped to near zero. Gone are the 28+, 14 day and 7-14 day transactions. Everything is 0 or 1 days and searches for the company name have gone up 4x.
I thought the results were great 18 months ago. Good 12 months ago. Unstable 6 months ago, bad 3 months ago and so bad now I'm beginning to wonder about the future of the search engines. I wish I could post examples from the last year or two showing the degradation of searches. Bing is not much better currently. What's happened?
It doesnt matter what I type in the box most of the time I cannot find what I want. If I'm doing a medical search I don't want a yahoo answers page. If I'm buying a product I don't always want amazon. Gone are the small .edu's returning for searches. Somewhere the knob for big sites considered authorities in one topic is turned to high for other topics.
This started a few months ago and is getting worse. Sites authority is being misunderstood. Our site is an authority in the wrong areas and we are getting the wrong traffic as a result and my own searches yield the same thing in all other areas. My guess is the problem is with a semantic misunderstanding of page wording.