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although I don't see that big a update for the backlinks, atleast for mine and other sites.
normal 759,000 backlinks
-va.google.com 762,000 backlinks
[edited by: vitaplease at 11:22 am (utc) on Nov. 20, 2003]
[edit reason] number typo [/edit]
seofreak - I'm in the same situation. Climbed to PR7, dropped to 157.
Even the hyphenated-search-term technique is no longer working for me :(
Me either. We are gone from the top 200 now and have been replaced with directory sites. Thankfully my site is listed on those directories though. Hopefully end users will be curious enough and patient enough to look in them.
I have been awol from my keyword off and on now. Right now I am OFF.
I just realised that doing a search for my keyword is returning directory listings in some odd order.
We sell widgets. We are listed in G Dir under "Shopping>...>...>etc".
If I do a search for widgets, the results are first a reference to a "new" category "Home> Consumer Information>...>...>etc".
Then the very first positions are from the G Directory ">...>...>Manufacturing".
So, right now a search in regular Google for widgets is EXACTLY the same as when I do a "search ONLY" for Widgets in the G Directory ">...>...>Manufacturing".
No wonder we are nowhere to be found!
For my 'professional widgets' (a very narrow search term) I see nothing but .gov, .edu, and .org sites that have some kind of mention of 'professional' and 'widgets' in the title and body.
Someone searching for a professional widget will learn that the state of Nevada prefers if you submit your Nevada professional widget using blue ink on an alternate Tuesday, and that you will have to contact the Jefferson County School System for more info on their professional widget guidelines.
Neither I nor any of my competing purveyors of fine widgets for the discriminating professional are anywhere to be found until almost result #200, then we sort of have some unrelated inner page showing up instead of the index or the widget product description page.
The update is not done. The theory that Google is trying to get rid of e-commerce sites is ludicrous - the majority of people use search engines so they can shop for exactly what they want, go read the last few years worth of Forrester or IDC or Media Metrix studies. Shopping is what keeps the net hopping.
You're right; G does not attempt to get rid of commercial sites, but to get rid of spammy sites...unfortunately, abundant small niche and focused sites appear to be caught in the net too.
In my field, I begin to see another change in serp at this hour and it is awesome that subpages/subdirectories of large websites are even gaining more grounds in dominating the top ranks for highly competitive keywords.
Then we will see alot Search engine results and results from the big names like Amazon all over the Gogle index.
Im not making a complaint here, I still get about 800.000 unique visits a month.
1. clear your cache
2. Visit your site
3. view temp internet files
4. Look for string beginning something like:
5. Right click this, choose 'open in new window'
6. In the browser window that pops up, alter the first part of the URL to:
[edited by: James_Dale at 4:52 pm (utc) on Nov. 21, 2003]
google is ****ed up... no longer relevant on anything i searched
so i guess they are working on the problem..