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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.
<blimey>just saw what googleguy said...dosent sound like are filters are off then..crikey!</blimey>
Sorry, had to have a moan.
January would have been better - no-one wants to buy much then!
That is very drastic..is this also update related?
I have not spammed or something like that. One of the #1 results is even an error page.
Mr GoogleGuy any ideas, or should I wait a bit more?
to see if we have pages from that domain. Last thing that affects only a tiny number of people is that we respond to complaints about sites, so if a site is outside our quality guidelines (e.g. cloaking, sneaky redirects) then that can cause problems.
More Traffic Please, I'm not going to speculate on what the future holds, other than we're always going to be working to find ways to make search more relevant. One of the best posts I've seen about good ways to build sites is Brett's "how to build a site in 12 months" post.
I disagree, NickW. There are tons of ways (adding site maps, making sure that you have static instead of dynamic links, etc.) to optimize your site that *every* search engine would appreciate because it makes a site easier to crawl.
To me, whitehats stay on this side of our quality guidelines at [google.com...] and blackhats are willing to go to the other side.
It is almost as if G is moving beyond simple filters to understand contextually what is and what is not relative given the context of the search and potential result set.
Cleary spam has been cleaned up here with some simple linking/dup cont/cloaking and other filters, but do you notice that authorities are being pushed higher, even in lower optimized scenerios, whilst tightly optimized cleanly linked sites (white hat) are doing really well.
This is a *smart* update ~ that seems to have the searchers interest (intent) in mind. i wonder if applied symantics has a part in this new logic.
I've seen white hat index pages that have been solidly in the top 3 positions for particular searchterms since Google began. They've been that relevant for that long. Today they are not in the top 100 and probably not in the results at all. Weren't they relevant before and now Google has just realised it? Of course they were relevant, and they still are. Those pages aren't even in the race today - they are not being considered for the rankings.
Something has gone wrong, or Google is doing/trying something temporary. I'm sorry GoogleGuy, but there's nothing normal about it.