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1) Very Happy -Doing great up there for all my important terms.
2) Happy - Slightly higher rankings than last month.
3) Average - Haven't really gained or lost.
4) Poor - Lost quite a few important keywords.
5) Diabolical - The whole update is awful please revert back to current SERPS.
GG mentioned things would start to improve as they factored things in.....mine haven't so I'm going for number 5....hoping that they will at some point....
My own experience: I was ranked great for very important keyphrases the last 6 months along with another 9 sites who all jostled for position on the first page. I'm now page 7 and they are all still jostling for the first page although I have far more backlinks, pages indexed etc... etc....
However, while neither -sj or -fi seems to be hurting us the way it's doing to some, -fi still generating poorer quality results relative to www - at least in the categories we watch.
Two days ago, we thought -sj poorer too, but now not so sure.
With thousands, if not millions, of content categories out there, we're going to hear a lot of variability I would think...
So looking at the SJ index AS IS, I would say a 2.75 overall.
If my one site shows back up, then a 1.5!
(the only idiot using decimals) :)
So while this is all helpful in terms of sorting out what Google is up to, it's not necessarily reflective of a soon-to-come www reality ... yet.
webdev - understandable...but it's sort of like worrying about a bad dream...it's not real...
If you can sort out what is happening with the algo (not easy, obviously) and apply it to your current site, now that is helpful!
-sj and -fi don't use even the current www index, let alone the most recent crawl.
So, let's say that in the last two months, your site has added relevant pages, plus new backlinks (including one from a PR8 site), and isn't doing anything shady. Blam! - when the new algo is applied to the latest index, you're going to be HAAAAAAPPY!
Complete understand what you saying.....I'm just miffed as to why the other 9 sites that were on the first page with me are still there...Is it just that thir backlinks being counted at the mo are worth more than mine....but when all of mine are factored back in I should be OK.
I guess if we had all dropped of the first page it would be easier to swallow, however its only my site....which is clean, has over 600 pages indexed, higher PR than 6 out of the top 10...make sme think is there something wrong or just a big coincidence....I'm going with coincidence as other people are reporting similar issues.
I don't really see much variation in my rankings from month to month, probably because I don't use any SEO techniques that are likely to be affected by tweaks of Google's algorithm. I just rely on basics like content, descriptive page titles, and linking to my most important pages from the home page or navigation bar.
If SEO were investing, I'd be the conservative trust-fund manager with a diversified portfolio--as opposed to the aggressive day trader who spends his free time at the race track. :-)
I'd like to see my site move higher for that main keyword, of course. Getting to #1 would bring me an extra 100 visitors per day. It's just a matter of time and perseverance.
webdev, Buckley, we have one situation like that too, and another site where we're much better off than before. In both cases, I believe that we can see why ... after two days of guesswork and analysis.
If you see that sort of difference, it might suggest that you've done something really good in recent months...did you see improvements in your standing in last several updates, that would not therefore be included yet in -sj?
Also, just curious, do you see much difference between -sj and -fi?