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With recent reinclusion requests i'm expecting a lot of ex-banned sites to come back. I don't think this indicates that the algo on sj is any older.
I think if any analysis of the sj serps is going to be useful, we need to get away from the idea that might site doing worse= bad results. The link count is drastically different which is having a major effect on the results, but I see no evidence of the major spam influx that everyone seems to be talking about here.
Sooner or later Google will have to modify the way it looks at links, even if it sticks to the current principles. If PHP Nuke can consistently be the number 1 site for 'god' without even mentioning the word on the page, then they need to look hard at relevancy and the current algo.
I seriously doubt that. They might annoy some webmasters and SEOs, but when where the serps supposed to be for us any way? I've been using sj for my day to day searches since I saw the changes and relevancy has been pretty good. Never really noticed the difference. I see no major problems with those serps from a joe searcher point of view.
- I think its early to show an update approx 2 weeks after deepcrawling?
- Google has no problem in showing and playing about with Fresh results without showing Fresh date stamps (-sj is now in some cases definitely showing some fresher results than google.com)
- I have not seen external backlinks show-up for links put into place on the third of April
What I find strange, however, is that the sj results are showing up on www.google.com quite often. I'm looking at a visitor from the different sj results on one site right now, referred by www.google.com.
This I don't understand and makes the sj results, update or no, something of major interest to me, whether it be a glitch, mistake, prank, update or simply an indicator of what maybe to come.
It's kind of a mix between 2 months old and fresh SERPs.
One of my new sites only shows one entry in the index, as it was during february, not having been deepcrawled at that time.
My main site shows a mix of new and old stuff. It's evident, as far as my site is concerned, as I renamed a directory (using 301 redirects) that doesn't show on www yet, although it shows up on www-sj with both new/old names.
That makes me a good client for duplicate content :)
So I am not worried, but if they do, I am going to hire my 7 year old nephew, because I think he could figure out how to manipulate the SERPs.
Paul Gardi made a Google one-liner at the Pub Conference about how they use a technology that is 4 years old and how they use newer technology. I hope this dance does not give credibility to that comment.
If a spammer is beating you, he's done a better job than you of getting high in the results. Either out-SEO them or get over it please :)
I personally would love to see a major shift in Google's algo. The current one is too well known and too easy to abuse.
It's not the backlinks (at least, not the ones from yahoo) but some serps are different. And it appeared in google.com. One of my sites has fallen some positions in that index, and it gave me a nasty surprise.