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I'm certain that they are working on something even better at the moment and the results of such work will come out shortly.
Google is by far the most popular search engine in the world and I'm sure they're not going to lie down and die.
Sit tight, and be prepared for a whole new Google coming soon...
hopefully the next update will straighten everything out
NB. all of the above is patently spurious, as everyone knows that Google is in fact male!
They have already fallen 4 months behind in terms of the backlink data, which is from February. Maybe they will just keep adding junky fresh pages to the index instead of updating soon.
It would help to do an accurate crawl, if for no other reason, just to get rid of the old pages that don't work anymore and have no links pointing to them for months. While freshbot adds pages, it does not take them away and this badly affects searches.
My backlinks were halved and so were many other sites. There are addresses from pages I threw out four years ago appearing in the index. How is this an improvement? I've seen content that is no longer valid appear in cached pages. How is that an improvement? All of my competitors (we are on speaking terms) pretty much have the same to say so this is not sour grapes. There is a lot of crap coming up in the serps. It just seems like the thing is broken.
My wife who is a sophisticated surfer but who really cares very little about anything technical was searching for something yesterday on Google when she exclaimed, "What the .... is this." I didn't skip a beat and said, "you're searching for something on Google, right?" Before she could say yes, I said "go to all the web dot com." She'd did and without looking up said "thanks."
To those speculating that we are seeing another SE flame out, you may be right. But, somehow, I hope we aren't.
Update? What update?
If they are as suggested by many threads and more than hints from GG, going to switch to a continuous rolling update and faster PR calculation, then this is a serious serious change.
results currently suck generally in sometimes seriously screwy ways = fact
lot of spammy stuff about = fact
annoying and even upsetting/frustrating/souldestroying/financially traumatic for some = fact
better if Google could just practise on one server if fiddling = fact
Google 'the end' = unlikely
Google screwed up unintentionally = possible
Google likely to be clearing the way for many months of reasonably glitch free results at the cutting edge of search technology = likely though may still have screwed up unintentioanlly in the process
Google likely in the future to be sold and run then by idiots who we should fear on the basis of their ignorant incompetance = probably so start praying!
Been so busy filling orders until Dominic hit that I hadn't had much time to do SEO but when I started checking the other engines realized I had some #1 and #2 spots on ATW. A glimmer of hope I thought to myself in those dark moments, "but does anyone actually use ATW?"
Evidently they do because since Dominic I have seen my sales climb back almost to pre-Dominic levels, Whew! I attribute this to a little PPC, and ATW.
With that said I can't imagine Google staying like this forever. I have faith they will fix things and get me back on top where I rightfully belong:)
I just checked my rankings and went from #67 to #11(previosly #1) on one important single word and from nowhere to #14 on a 2-word phrase(previosly #1)!
[edited by: thunderpaste at 9:23 pm (utc) on June 9, 2003]
No resignations yet that I know of so the world looks good.
Does someone monitor the forums, laugh at the speculation and wonder over the fears and confusion.
Even deeper, does this same sinister character visit the websites of those who cuss the great G and 'tweak' a little here and there, remove them, drop them, raise those that praise etc?
Paranoid? me? I can here you talking about me!
The other Feegles had formed a circle around Tiffany, and this time they'd drawn their swords.
"Whut's the plan, Rob?" said one of them.
"Okay, lads, this is what we'll do. As soon as we see somethin', we'll attack it. Right?"
This caused a cheer.
"Ach, 'tis a good plan," said Daft Wullie.
"We will wait days, not more than weeks, and give them loads of cryptic clues. Then we will give them spam to eat, and choke them all."
It must be very difficult for you to read material that doesn't do Google any favours, indeed if more 'users' as opposed to 'SEO' related people read the same posts that abound the forums - it could cost Google dearly.
I'm still bemused as to why Google doesn't listen to the 'word on the streets' and turn back the clock, revert to just a few short weeks ago when it had an effecient up to date facility.
Sure, you cannot please everyone ... but at least try.
Alltheweb seems to be winning over the users now ... IMHO.
You're a brave man for facing up to us and deserve the respect you have earned.