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There is no new algo.
There hasn't been a new algo for ages- if ever.
If anything's changed it probably has more to do with link rot.
Additionally, if the marching feet of the masses count for anything, if something as dramatic as an algo change had occurred, there would be far more people posting to this thread.
So far, for the past 12 hours or so, only one other is drinking in the same pub with you.
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[edited by: martinibuster at 1:29 am (utc) on Aug. 11, 2003]
I drive a toyota celica... So while searching for "toyota parts" all the results look great, but add in the word "celica" in between the two and the results get very messed up.
You be the judge. I have seen many other searches like this too.
Please recognize that "optimisation" is the English spelling or I will start telling jokes about how Kiwi's "pronunce" things and their strange desire for whacky baccy surnames!
Nothing too weird I see, everything seems as GoogleGod would want it ;-)
Ok, bringing this thread back on topic, despite what I said above about there being no new algo, I do see the effects of the rolling algo. For instance, I was fishing for keywords and evaluating the future victims, ahem- I mean possible competitors, and when I hit the back button on my browser I saw two new sites in the serps, and the previous sites were knocked down by two pegs.
For the observational reasons I've outlined above, this is not evidence of a new algo, but rather the effect of the same rolling algo we've been seeing all along.
I've also suspected that if there were to be a monthly recalculation, then this weekend would probably be it. But I'm not seeing it. Just the same rolling update.
I've been seeing some very strange results since about last Wednesday. It seems to me that Google is showing off the fact that it can now index very deep dynamic pages that have multiple parameters in the query string.
Every second thing I search for has a deep Amazon page at #1 (deep in the Amazon?!).
I also agree that a lot of the top sites don't appear to be optimised, and don't have the search phrase in the page title. g1smd - I think the point is that Google might be placing a lot more weight on anchor text lately.
Finally - has anyone out there tried using Google Australia? 9 out of 10 results are for the top news publications we have here. I do a search for "pink widget" and the entire top 10 is articles from newspapers about someone finding a pink widget somewhere. Often it is the same article appearing 10 different news publications.
Very ugly from where I'm sitting.
Using the widget example, I follow 10 pages (BlueWidget.htm, RedWidget.htm, etc) for 2 terms on each (blue widget sales, blue widget rental, red widget sales, etc)
I have been rated #1 - 3 an all pages for the sales searches and #1 - 10 on the rental searches. Now all pages that have a cache of August 1 and later, I still rank #1 - 3 on the sales searches but have dropped significantly on the rental searches. The drop seems to be a factor of 5 to 10, ie if I was rated #2 I'm now #10 - 20 and if I was #10 I'm now 50 - 100.
There have been no significant changes to any of the pages from my side, so there must be something from the Goggle algo side.
Anybody got any ideas.
It's hard to judge though because some of the dynamic sites are good but google needs to slow down how many pages they add to new sites until they get more links or something.