yaimapitu - 1:32 pm on Jul 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hi everybody, new reader/poster here (and my first post ever in a webmaster forum, although I've been setting up and managing websites and done plenty of other 'net stuff for 20 years already).
This thread from 2 weeks ago is a goldmine. I came here with a specific question concerning what I think is some rather odd behaviour on Google's part, and although it seems nobody can answer my question, at least I know that I am not making things up, that there is, indeed, something odd going on... ;-)
Here's my story:
I very recently set up a set of related websites (related, since they offer the same service in different languages) and have been watching closely how various search engines take up the information (my method: daily log file checks and regular trial runs of look-ups on various search engines, using a close to unique keyword that all of the websites carry and emptying browser and DNS caches in between trial runs).
Bing, Yahoo, Duck, Startpage, Naver, Yandex - they all have been showing me relevant results within a few links from the top as soon as they had indexed the pages in question. And they still show relevant results today, a few weeks later. Google showed me initially similarly good results, as well, and then it started to become very unpredictable before it stabilized again on some level - for the last few days I get the following results:
Using Google Germany, the results shown are for the (somewhat similar sounding) term "apoyado" but am also shown a link to "search instead for [keyword]", while using Google UK, the results shown are for the (also similar sounding) term "ainoya", fortunately again followed by a link that lets me "search instead for [keyword]". In both cases, if I then ask for results on [keyword], I am shown a list of websites that offer metadata about the domain name of the websites in question (data those sites apparently put together by using WHOIS, NSLOOKUP, etc.). Using Google Japan, Google Taiwan or Google.com, I am right away shown such a page of links to domain name metadata. Luckily, for the last few days a real result has tended to show up in position 9 or 10, i.e., still on the first page of the results...
This case seems even weirder than other cases of irrelevant search results that Google has thrown at me, since the domain name whose metadata is shown does not even contain the [keyword] as it is spelled in the text of the websites I set up: the domain name has a hyphen inserted in two places whereas the [keyword] is one unhyphenated word...
So what is the problem? If I wasn't consistently told that in the particular markets (language areas) that the sites I constructed are aiming at, 80-90% of the users use Google as their first or only search engine, I could just shrug this anomaly off, but as it stands I am more than just faintly worried that things could get worse.
Whether my story is of use to anybody I don't know, but since what I read here makes me think that nobody knows enough yet about what is going on with (or inside of) Google, I am hoping that it may provide additional data points.
PS: If anybody needs the [keyword] to do some experiments on their own, please just PM me.
Thanks for listening :-)