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I have a very lame question, and the reason why I am posting here is the fact that I had to 'switch' from design to optimization about 2-3 weeks ago.
However, straight to the point.
I have a page ranking about 300+ e.g. almost invisible.
Then I redesigned it,
Then, the fresh bot comes, spiders the index page, and my site lands at no.12 for a very competitive word.
I check the site in the morning... it is still no.12. I go to the office, I check the same keyword from there... and the site is gone.
Now, could it be because google has not reindexed its database yet.
And is it likely for a site that lands at no.12 for a keyword, and at no.9 for another (both quite competitive) to go further up on reindexing?
Please apologise me for these lame questions, but.... I think this is THE place where people like me could get really good answers.
Thanks in advance,
And please smile.
:) Welcome to the board! :)
You are probably experiencing with what we called the "everflux". Google grabs "fresh" pages here and there and gives them a good position for a few days and poof! they simply vanish...
...to come back a month (or so) later at a lower position.
The fact that you scored high with your new version is a good sign that you achieved a proper balance with the page.
You can know more about the everflux and other Google stuff in those exellent threads.
Dont wait, go hunt links out there! :)
Here is a link to the Link Development library [webmasterworld.com]. You will find the best tips in there.
HitProf, I dont know about you, but I can say I am the slowest typer around. ;)
So I'd rather wait another few days, and will keep adding pages to the web site. Quite frankly, this page rakns quite well considering there are just 3-4 sites that link to it.
Thanks for the support, guys.
I have some observations on what might help get a better ranking on Google even with a few inbound links, and if it turned out to be true, I will keep you posted.
I believe that once Google 'sees' a new page from Freshbot, it will check back and see if there is anything new. If there is, it checks back often, and many times will keep the ranking up through-out the cycle.
I have several news sites that, if I keep the pages fresh with current information, they list them at the top and keep them there. If there is not much updated material (or I get lazy)... Google quickly begins to ignore that page in the SERPs.
This is not only what I have observed, but it also makes common sense. The more changes and 'fresh' material on your site, the more useful and current it should be for visitors.
I told you Google was a woman :) You neglect her for a moment and she is off with another guy, page, site, etc :)))
Btw, does anyone know the number of females/males employed by Google?
Perhaps the googleguy?
I also find that the fresh results match pretty closely to the perminant results after the next update. You should definitely concentrate on expansion, i.e. add content and hunt links. When you are expanding fast, the rankings will actually go down at the update, because the deep crawl didn't crawl as many pages as freshbot was crawling right before.
Anyway, don't be alarmed by any of this, it's a good sign, just keep on doing what you're doing.
So, everflux is causing this jojo effect. But where do we end up after the Dance?
Every now and then my site is coming up at #8 in the serps. But other times it is falling back to #16, where I was before my last upload. Can I expect to be #8 after the Dance or isn't this how it works?
So - is the wonderful move back to page 1 likely a result of everflux, or something to do with the Google directory (DMOZ update?)