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Some of our sites are completely stable, and others are all over the place, and some even have the pre-dance cache now.
in addition one of my sites disappeared completely from the index (including grey bar) but still can be found in the yahoo results.
all this drives me to do sample search and look in my stats and check out for the googlebot every 5 minutes instead of getting some serious work done :)
Fortunately, Yahoo must slightly alter the algo, cause it's still on top there (after its update), but other sites are moving search results from 2,000,000 to 2,180,000 within minutes.
Other sites (and keyword searches) are solid as a rock, and operating as always.
Any ideas ladies and gentlemen?
I have never seen this happen before, particularly on mature sites. About 80% of my sites are fine, and about 20% of the sites (and/or keyword results) are flaky - and one of the flaky ones I put up in 1996!
Lately, I haven't been getting as much GoogleBot activity either (on any of the sites), which also concerns me.
As I mentioned before, other than during the dance, I have never seen search results bouncing around when I hit refresh on some keywords, like it is now. And to drop the fresh cache (that's been there for the past couple weeks) to 1-month old cache makes no sense either.
Hopefully Google will get well and go stable again soon.
Why should Google be stable? Is the web stable?
Stable is what we are used to, but it's not the way it should be.
I don't say the present fluctuation is the type we're waiting for, but 'stable results' belong on the scrap heap.
Obviously as information is added and changed, Google needs to respond accordingly. There should be changes every day.
What is NOT stable is seeing changing SERPs and search results of 2,040,000 - 2,100,000 - 2,050,000 - 2,180,000 every Minute when you hit refresh! And sites changing back and forth to last months' cache.
Most can't see this since many of the sites I monitor keywords and SERPS for aren't affected either. But on certain keywords, Google has 'stability' problems.
This is particularly bad with what the directory results are doing. For me, they were fluctuating between the current results from the last RDF dump Google used, to result back from fall of last year. Which in the cat I checked had 3 dead sites that have since been dumped, and 3 new ones that have been added.