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I have two sites that have original content. Site A has been around for forever and had a page rank of 7 before the update in March when it went to a 6. This morning it was up to a 7 and literally minutes later it's back at 6. Not a big deal.
Site B is a new site. Less than two months old. It bounced in and out of Google in the March update finally settling at a page rank of 5 with the index pages in the Google index, but not the articles. Imagine my *JOY* this morning when I noticed it was a 6 and that my logs showed over 100 hits from Google. I was elated. Thrilled. I looked at the logs and people were HITTING the articles and not just the indexes.
Moments later, I literally mean moments later, when I went to check the site again the page rank is gone and traffic has stopped.
Any ideas on what is happening?
Why the tease?
Other than that all my new additions got picked up and other sites are doing pretty well. So I am happy with this update. Google, watch out MSN seems to be catching up to yer clicks. But Im still not certain couz it could be MS employees clicking on the serps manually ;)
Andrew - I'm noticing inconsistent results on the same site. On a very large site, we've jumped up in pretty much everything, but have completely disappeared for a two-word phrase we've ranked on for quite a while.
I'm also noticing that Google is still giving some very bad results on searches like san francisco widget marketing. In the last update, if someone was linked well for "san francisco" and had the phrase "widget marketing" somewhere on the home page, they'd rank higher than many widget marketing sites. Now the results are even more confused... I see "widget" and "marketing" occuring separately on the home page and a site ranking well.
My guess is they're turning the knobs, so to speak, on various aspects of the algo... then looking at results and going back for retuning.
I'd call this update a big success, we are #1 under our pet kw. Not only are we #1, we are also the ONLY one (which makes it a whack) and also makes for good karma: ;)