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I'm back... just browsing, but feel I should re-cap what many people are missing (because it is buried well back in the thread now).
There are two phenomena
a) Algo/filter changes. These are being played out on SJ, and of course: if you are testing a change you use older tried and tested data, which is what Google has done (with a dash of Fresh). Hence all the missing links, strangely dropping sites, etc.
b) The update, with the application of the latest data and links.
It was spelled out earlier that the results on SJ will change when newer data, and this months crawl data, is brought in. However, the SJ effect may replicate at other centers before that data upgrade is applied.
I think that's an accurate reflection of reality, and the message is therefore don't panic. For those who have suffered on SJ, it might get worse before it gets better, but wait until the new data is in there before you throw a wobbler.
Web Pages Ordered by PageRank [google.com]
"Unlike other directories that can only list web pages alphabetically regardless of how good they are, the web pages in the Google directory are ordered according to Google's patented PageRankô technology."
[edited by: coconutz at 10:08 pm (utc) on May 5, 2003]
I was quite worried as four of my sites dropped from that sj index completly, and I've been working damn hard to make good reliable SE sites, and build links. About two months they've been in the index, and I got a little concerned when they weren't there.
Time to go do some real work... rather than reading 600 posts on this... :)
Maybe this should be more of a drinking game.
Anytime someone says "my site dropped out" Take a drink
Anytime someone says "All the SERPS are spammers" Take a drink.
Anytime someone says "I was ranked #347 and now I'm #1"
Take a drink.
And whenever Googleguy says "Relax and and have a drink" Take 2 drinks.
...wow... 10 posts and I'm already wasted.