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The results look really good.. hopefully this will reflect across all the datacenters soon. Seems like the spammier sites I compete against have moved down while the good honest pages have moved up.
On another note - indented results sure do seem to be the order of the day!
[edited by: James_Dale at 3:35 pm (utc) on Nov. 17, 2003]
Google isn't in the top 100 for search engine. Although, given the current state of G, maybe Yahooligans does deserve to outrank google for this query :)
The oddest part about this update is sites in very specific areas with little to no optimisation tactics are simply missing from relevant serps.
There may very well be data issues as there were during the spring.
[edited by: mfishy at 3:40 pm (utc) on Nov. 17, 2003]
Guess Ill go back to work and give it another day or two.
They say when changing the algo they use an older dataset which they think is more *stable*.
Does this probably mean that fresher content is soon to come and push out some old content in the SERPS?
Is that what's implied in GG's "3-4 days to settle" note?
a) Most webmasters recognizing there is something wrong
b) They complain repeatedly in volume
c) Google goes into denial
d) The odd webmaster whose sites have stayed firm or have benefitted claims the index is cleaner
e) GG seizes upon this as evidence that all is fine
f) The majority continue to point out problems. The vast majority notice good sites falling away for no apparent reason (at least in terms of quality reasons)
g) GG goes relatively quiet
h) Some in the outside world also start to notice something isn't right
i) The hum on this board continues but at lower volume
j) The word outside is still spreading
Eventually, at least previously:
k) Google eventually takes steps to address the exect problems which were spelt out on here on day 1.
I'd say we are at G) now.
It's natural that we would test new methods by using a known base of backlinks, but that shouldn't be discouraging to people--backlinks are the sort of data that Google could bring back in over a relatively short time frame.
Backlinks have not changed, and due to the arractic changes of this update I strongly believe their is more to come!
Continued in Part Two: