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I realize that the update just started but I have never seen this before. They must have run some sort of filter immidiately.
I guess a simple way to pose my question is: between what I'm observing now on www2 and www3 and what I will observe on www in 3-4 days, what will change?
Is it a common experience for Google to drop backlinks?
I have added about twice the amount of original pages to my site and also got many new link exchanges. All new content and all new links legit.
Is this a penalty?
This is after all the start of the future in marketing for the entire planet, this is no joke, and Googleguy you deserve the mention by the way.
So where are those Wallstreet'ers at?
This site deserves a write up and it shocks me that I have not seen one yet in the Journal.
Go Google Bots!
I noticed this during the January update. Even though all of those pages were still linking to me, they didn't show as backlinks. I checked into them, and many of them had lost PR. This is a natural thing as the internet grows and more pages are indexed by Google.
It doesn't mean the backlinks aren't still indexed by Google, and it doesn't mean that they don't pass PR.
Several things happened this month that were different. Freshbot went buck-wild through my site almost all month long, the update was way late, and probably a greater number of things than usual were changed on Google's side. Who knows what kind of changes we'll see at the end of this update; but they usually take a few days, not a few hours. I'd be surprised if the results on www2 and www3 right now are the ones that will stick on www for the next month.
<Definitely a major change in the way Google is counting backlinks. Theya re picking them up, but somehow not really counting them the same way in ranking.>
What are you observing that indicates this?
<Again, I hope they see that the quality has gone way down because of this move>
The seems poor because of this new way they seem to be counting links because homepage type sites with 25 links are now dominating the SERPS
Most of the people here deal with very competitive keywords, so their site and their competitors change a lot between indexes and take a lot of time to settle down.
For one of my sites, I'm mostly competing with other sites that are 4 and 5 years old and they don't get many new links or change their structure much. For these keywords, the inital dance is always very close to the final new index.