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Sites which usually appear (including a couple formerly at #1 but with little to no content) are still in the index, but now way down in the SERPS.
Interestingly, the old geocities problem (second completely unrelated geocities domain getting an indented listing) has also gone again (google have been playing with this filter for a while - it goes on and off).
Seems to me the on-page factors knob has been turned up.
Anyone else seeing the same?
Not sure if anyone else has noticed this - for keywords I tend to keep an eye on google is returning far less, but far higher quality, results.
I was a bit bewildered by the above, because I've been noticing just the opposite. Unfortunately, I've been overwhelmed by deadlines this month and haven't been able to monitor closely or across the board for a range of sites.
The increase in the number of pages returned for a competitive two-word phrase I monitor, though, on which we do well, has been so dramatic that I've printed several searches so I'd have a record "suitable for framing."
A couple of months ago the phrase returned something like 6-million results. On Sept 30, it was over 9-million. On Oct 4, it was 115-million (and we'd moved up). On Oct 9, it was 123-million... and right now it's 77-million, and we're still holding. Maybe the move down to 77-million is what you're seeing. Did anyone notice the move up?
I don't know what these numbers say about anything. I can't believe there's been that kind of an increase in pages, so I assume that Google is counting something differently.
Just quickly checking some other searches on which I've kept historical data, I'm seeing that some searches, compared to a year ago, are now returning 2-3 times the number of results (both atw and exact), and some are returning more.
One I monitor is returning 5-6 times the number of a year ago... going from 150K to 900K returns for atw matches, with exact matches going from 2K to 10K. Possibly I might trust this... Can't quite get my head around the 120-million.
I'm not sure, with these figures, how to evaluate competitiveness at the moment, since I use the number of atw pages and of exact matches as a rough way of gauging the competition (one of many gauges I use).
After monitoring a couple of new sites, completed recently, and new pages on our own company site, I can say that a "monthly" update, if there is still such a thing, has not happpened.
Results show new pages have not been showing up and new sites are still popping in and out of the serps.
This "phenomenom" has been covered in many previous threads in this forum and we usually put it down to flux.
To answer TJ's initial question, yes I am seeing less results returned and nothing but good, relevant results on first pages. I am in a service oriented sector so I dont see the mass produced affiliate stuff that many compete with, but the junk results that I have seen for the last 6 months has dropped far enough down to be irrelvant.
Did The Google Update get rolled back? My Site started showing up,night before last, For about 16 hours, I was showing up very well with my key words for just getting listed, and then it was like google went back to the old data from last month, and the google cache shows what was read last month.
I guess I am now Suffering now from what I hear is GDS (google dance syndrome) ;-)
It's not a rollback in database terms, just "knob-twiddling".
Whilst I can understand that a rewind knob is useful for use in emergencies, using it routinely is very silly. I defy anyone to come up with a reasoned explanation for this based on the objective of providing best possible results to the user.
google dance syndrome