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This is a recap and a prediction topic.
Recall that GG said that the -sj index would move to the other datacenters, then we would see backlinks/spam filters applied across the board.
If this is the case, and if the d.c. datacenter (-dc) just got the -sj index (I saw it bouncing around last night actually); and the cable & wireless (-cw) datacenter got the index on the 15th. *Then* it seems we have 2 days for the index to be propagated to each datacenter (this is a worst-case scenario, as the datacenters may be updated in parallel and may all pop up with the -sj index very shortly).
Since we have 5 datacenters left to go, that brings us 10 days in the future for all datacenters to given the -sj index...which brings us to the 27th. At this time we should see the backlinks/spam filters being applied at every datacenter as deltas/patches (if you will) and the real "dance" will be underway. It will, of course, take considerably less time.
Notice that the prediction of the 27th is, in my opinion, a worst-case scenario; we will most likely see things happen sooner.
i've got one lame self coded crawler - latest crawl was one and a half year ago ... that is one index, you could complain about - it's full of old domains and links that no longer exist.
However, if you find even a couple of dozens expired links at google, you can't say "the new index is full of it". Don't forget: some webmasters change their mind / content even more often than google's freshbot is refreshing the index and on the other hand some searches return content that has been removed from it's site days/weeks/months ago but is still very usefull. Good thing is: you can look at the content by looking at the cache version ... 404's are a minor problem to me, as long as there's a cached copy of the page.
If people are newer to WebmasterWorld, I'd recommend going back to last September, when we improved our scoring. If you re-read those threads, you'll see the same sorts of reactions that you see now. People claimed the sky was falling. You saw 5-10 people making pretty alarmist claims as loudly as possible. People suggested that scoring changes were a secret attempt to boost AdWords sales. The imminent destruction of Google was predicted several times. A few personal attacks on GoogleGuy took place. :)
We got through that, and re-reading those threads will give you a different perspective on these more recent threads. Take that, plus the fact that I've said 5-6 (9-10?) times that we'll be bringing in better filters and fresher data, and most people should feel better, I hope.
We still use the scoring improvements from last September, but you don't hear people worrying about it now. I'm looking forward to doing a similar post for our next major improvement, whenever that comes: "You know, if you go back to May, you'll see several webmasters were worried about that change too. Would you believe that there were over 4000+ posts from people who were anxious about that change? ..."
Anyway, each webmaster is free to do whatever they want, of course. I do think that people would feel less stressed if they took a step (or two) back though. I think you've seen that somewhat; many of the senior members of WebmasterWorld haven't been doing tons of posts in the Dominic discussions.
<added>GG's post above says it all. Thanks!</added>
[edited by: Yidaki at 4:00 pm (utc) on May 17, 2003]
Something definitely happened between yesterday a.m. and today (Sat.) a.m. that was significant for us too.
While most of the chatter (and of course GG's guidance) has implied a process of adding back filters and backlinks, I'm still wondering if part of what we're observing is *testing* of different algo components...not just the application of those components. Why else would they need to do this in so many stages. It seems that they are observing each layer's effect. If that's so, not all of what we see would necessarily go into the final soup...only parts of what we see (not that one can easily tell what those parts are).
But either way, until this settles in, which clearly could take weeks, no one knows where their site(s) will end up in the SERP's. I'll take GG at his word when he says "slow waltz"...
Bringing in backlinks and other data will be a gradual process over time. It won't be an overnight thing once all the data centers have the sj-type index. Once that index is everywhere, I'm looking forward to us bringing in fresher data--but I want to set expectations that it will take some time.
That says it all, thanks GoogleGuy. I'm much happier with SJ than the others so what you're saying explains why.
Btw, I know you get thousands of them, but can you check an e-mail I sent to webmaster @ google.com - it had webmasterworld and my username in there. Interesting point, no?
I guess the concept of updating fresh data every month is out the window now. If it takes over a month to bring in links and data, this is a step in the wrong direction.[/
I've had new pages added to the index in the last week or two, and the cached version of my home page is from the last time I updated it (May 8th).
Hey nutsandbolts, let's try something new. If you have feedback about this index, do a spam report with your nickname, mention webmasterworld, but also include "dominic" in the comments. If people have general feedback or specific examples about this index, that's the best way to get the examples to us. I'm not worried about spammers that were banned and are back for a brief time--that will be short-lived. But if you have comments about searches that seem better/worse (preferably not just searches for your own site), send a spam report with "dominic" somewhere in the comments. We'll read what people have to say when they can give specific searches.
But for the main part of this long journey I'm snoozing, best thing for long trips! What happens happens, what's the saying - Don't worry it may never happen.
[edited by: Jammy_James at 5:58 pm (utc) on May 17, 2003]
On the other hand, that all important search term only accounted for 4% of our traffic, and there were about 600 other search terms that were reaching us each day, so maybe it's not time to jump off of the bridge yet.
I think this experience enlightens me on the quality personnel that google has onboard. And this my friends is why I predict Google.com to be around until we are all grey, bald, fat, etc.
P.S. - I am buying Google stock when its available..:)
I for one hope that's what this is, and I think 6 months down the road we will wonder how they did full updates so rarely. This changeover to whatever is odd, but I don't think anyone can reasonably expect it'll stay like this, or be sure it'll go back to the classic cycle. Just because there was a pattern of them doing something in the past doesn't mean they will in the future.