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1) what's the problem, (no url posting), use simple words, like site vanished, PR dropped to a white bar/grey bar.
2) when did this happen. Please stick to the recent event, if you had problem since the last update, please do not post it here.
3) how long have your sites been online (from what I know, people who have sites online within the last 40 days are not in the same boat with people who have sites that over months old)?
4) what was the original PR before you had this problem.
5) I hope you all do have legit material (no spam), however, our guesses so far is that the new google algo may be strickier than before, so, put down what do you think that could caused a penalty on your site. (such as, it could be duplicated contents, hidden links). Remember, in simple words, no need to say why u had them. (To make you feel better, hey, if google never detected it before this update, then ur site is perfect legit up to now, nothing to be ashamed of)
6) You comments: what do you think is happening, and what do u want to say to google... (again, please do not use harsh tones. neither googleguy nor google owes us anything, they are here to help us to gain fortunes, they have their own reasons of making changes, we can't blame them for everything we see now).
So, guys, please share your thoughts, and moderators/admins, please keep this thread clean for useful information sharing. Thank you all!
Googleguy said that the first step would be to send the -sj index to all the datacenters. Once all the datacenters had the new index, it would seem that the update was over since www always shows results from one of the datacenters. However, it is at that point that missing backlinks and anchor text would be counted and factored in, "gradually" and "overtime". So, basically the world gets to see Google updating it's index live as keyword rankings change based on the addition of new backlinks and anchor text. Like I said, I do not know why they are doing it this way, but that is what he said would happen. I am not sure which thread, but I saw it in several different places, and in a summary thread.
I must add that I hope Google stops dragging their feet. We first saw the horrible index on -sj nearly a month ago. Here we are...4 weeks later and it has only gotten worse.
[edited by: crobb305 at 2:15 am (utc) on May 20, 2003]
No, not adding in the effects of new backlinks doesn't explain this. The old backlinks and anchor text are still there, and it would seem that stripping out that old data would be a complete waste of time. In other words, you can bet that most of our backlinks and anchor text are not THAT different today than what is being used from a few months ago.
On the other hand, this is all so bizarre that at this point they could be sacrificing goats there at the Googleplex, so pointlessly stripping out one aspect of the algorithm may be a job 100 people are assigned to.
In other words, you can bet that most of our backlinks and anchor text are not THAT different today than what is being used from a few months ago.
You can bet that mine ARE much different today than a few months ago. Last month, Google showed that I had 582 incoming links. A few months ago, I only had about 100. As those new links were added, my rankings soared. Many of my newer links contained VERY important anchor text. Now, Google shows only 82 incoming links! That is a huge reduction from last month's 582. Other sites that have moved up around me seem to have lost a smaller fraction of incoming links. Googleguy has already addressed this so to deny the effect is naive. I trust that the backlinks will be added back because they exist. Google will find them again.
I have contacted google in various ways relating to regular search engine results and AdWords, every answer is common... "we never promised a listing to not flux each time it is searched for... we never said your site would be listed at all..." blah blah
The fact is people are not happy and I have not spoken to anyone that is, so whatever the excuse is over at google I do not buy it!
I think we will see some stories about this soon in the media.
I have switched over to PayPerClick Giant #2, they are much better in my opinion.
1/ Problem is ridiculously old data (like a snapshot of the site from Feb), old backlinks, about 10% pages MIA. On the othe hand, main page PR was 5, now bouncing back up to 6 and I'm still #1 for most targetted kw's.
2/ It happened first in SJ and is now in 7 datacentres.
3/ The site has been in Google since Oct 2002.
4/ PR slightly improved on main page, unchanged on those that didn't get lost.
5/ The site has nothing dodgy that I can think of.
6/ I don't know what the Google plan is but most of my problems seem to be because of the ancient data being used for the "new" index. The pages that have gone missing are the newest ones, and pages deepcrawled in March still aren't in the index yet, (like the best ones I've done which were supposed to start bring some $$ in).
2. sites 4 to 8 years old, most update and add 40 pages or so per month. All still in all indexes, slight diffs in rankings - up for some phrases, down for others. We use adwords for one site, being commercial and where we dont want to make compromises in design for SEO. That site not affected more than others.
3. in our pet keyword phrases, some large affiliate commercial sites with lots of interlinked sub-domains seem to have jumped up a few notches in sj/fi, but that has also happened in the past, and they have usually dropped down again at the end of the update and/or during the month.
4. sj and fi, which i believe are the "new" indexes from reading here seem as relevant or better overall for our keyword phrases than before.
[edited by: chiyo at 3:52 am (utc) on May 20, 2003]
2. This change happened in the main index just 2 days ago, but in the other "datacenters" over the last week or so.
3. Site has been around since roughly middle of 2002. We started actively promoting (trying to get backlinks) and adding more content in February of this year. It really paid off until this last update.
4. PR was 5 and is still 5
5. Not too much has been added to our site in the last month (since the previous update.) We're certainly not doing anything "illegal" intentionally.
Most of my 2 word searh terms went from 1st page to 2nd anr 3rd or completely vanished.
My PR went down 1 point throughout the site.
My inbound links were reduced to 40 percent.
Yet: My traffic increased. I get most of the traffic from multiple word search terms and my sales increased!
Should I be sad or happy? Should I make some changes or just stay put and enjoy the ride? It is a $ 10.000 a month question...
I think we will see some stories about this soon in the media
I expect you are right. The MBAs have taken over at Google and the computer scientists are out. MBAs love the fact that Google charges for adwords. With the upcoming IPO, it only makes sense, right? Doesn't matter that free listings are what made Google in the first place.
Why does this surprise you? The Google algo doesn't consider things that. These are what I call "living fossil" sites. One of these happens to have been in the top 10 of the SERPs for a specific keyword in almost all search engines since 1997, and it hasn't been updated since. The owner, if not dead, has definitely abandoned the site. However, so long as the sites linking to it don't drop their links, it will do well. Remember, some sites can be just as relevant 10 years after they were created with no changes. A site about ancient Athens, Greece would be a good example. Old does not necessarily equal bad.
Google it's time to wake-up and listen to what Webmasters are saying about Dominic
In the last 24 hours I have gotten a whole lot of hits using search query strings I've never seen before. They are all users looking for a different website (let's call it my-hobby.org), which I have only linked to.
I googled the most popular query string, sure enough my site was at #3 (#1 and #2 were yahoo groups postings which mentioned my-hobby.org). My-hobby.org is nowhere to be seen. This is just really bizarre.
I frankly don't want this sort of traffic, and I don't need it.
I do know that the webmaster of my-hobby.org manually blocked a whole bunch of bots, including googlebot, in the htaccess file after being hit by some nasty slurp-bots in 2000. For some reason some of the site's pages do show up in other search engine results (perhaps their bots aren't in the block file?), but on Google you only get the domain name with no cache. (It has a lot of backlinks -- in fact, if you simply search for "my-hobby" it does show up.)
As a caveat, it is possible that my-hobby.org has never placed for that particular search string, and this is just a result of my site -- for no reason I can discern -- suddenly jumping above several well-established sites that also link to my-hobby.org.
The webmaster of my-hobby.org thinks he's quite a hacker, btw . . . even though he likes to send you files with no file extension and the mime type stripped. Bloody unix weenie . . .
Though I don’t see that bug anymore this time around, here is an another one – I type in MyUrl.com, check cache using Google toolbar, what I get is my affiliate redirected sub-domain URL :(
<Frustration> I use cache: command and get the same result </Frustration>
I know there would be hundreds who will have opinions that I am wrong and the affiliate site is wrong, but only considers these points:
1) A merchant has no control how an affiliate links to the site. (E.g. the above mention uses affiliate links using a sub domain and a refresh tag.)
2) If this would have caused a problem then I would have suffered in all SE’s – av aj ::f etc.
How does this affect my ranking?
1) Keyword.affiliateURL.com is displayed against keywords for which my homepage is optimized and where my homepage was displayed earlier.
2) Business suffers, as now I have to pay 20% as affiliate commission for all the converted SE traffic - which I use to get for free earlier
3) ODP description is not displayed for keyword.affiliateURL.com as not obviously not listed in ODP
1 - PR is gradually turning into some weird joke
2 - Data is a spammers paradise
3 - SERPS – some sites have disappeared to be replaced by #2
4 – link rot everywhere
In brief, we have decided to ignore G for the next few weeks and see what finally happens. I don’t believe this algo will be allowed to “live”, if it does then everyone will shortly be going down route #2, which will mean carnage.
then I typed in
result 13 backward links
Why does typing in two different formats give me two different results?
Now if www.mydomain.com/gadgets.shtml had showed up #2, I would understand it as it is well optimised for the key phrase, but the "widgets" page is not and it's actual url is www.mydomain.com/widgets.
The page Google lists gives a 404 error - how in the world did Google do something like this?
2. monday night. I saw green on Monday am, now tuesday after midnight and no green.
3. first.com at least 4 years old, second.com live since January.
4. PR 3 for second.com. first.com was a PR6 (and I can't tell you what it is now because of the 301s which whooosh me away to second.com)
5. all legit original material, but some text of second.com is the same as first.com -- the 301 permanent was supposed to make that a non-issue according to everything I read. One recent twist is I just shut down another firm in my industry who'd lifted the second.com home page text word for word but I don't think they were ever in google at all (discovered the stolen text on another SE) so I don't see how that could cause the current problem.
6. I think my problem is 95% the 301s, with maybe a touch of the plagarising competitor thrown in for good measure. I'm not sure what to do since we still have clients who have our old url bookmarked (they like our how-to articles) so I don't want to take down the 301s if I don't have to.
I'm totally bummed.
Other sites have not moved around much this month which is good :)
2. Noticed the first time last sunday, may 18th
3. Site is online since january 2001, redesigned january 2003
4. PR increased from PR5 to PR6.
5. It's definitely all clean. The only major chances we made within the last weeks, we inserted a dropdown link to connect our companies in different countries. That also means in some countries with same languages, like Germany, Austria and Switzerland, we also have kind of similar content.