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<added>found another result where only keyword is in title, but not anchor text, so perhaps just the PR knob?</added>
[edited by: Kirby at 7:57 pm (utc) on Dec. 7, 2003]
New PR on new sites that were whitebar after Florida, new backlinks showing, homepages buried, now born-again. It may not be an 'update' but it's a dance.
added: still shaking too. I went from pg 1 to pg 2 to pg 3 back to pg 1 in the matter of a few hours. Weaker competitors are still MIA so I expect they'll be along shortly.
P.S. I think the days of a lil' old real estate agent kicking tail for 'mystate real estate' or 'mycountry real estate' are a thing of the past, and rightfully so, and I applaud Google even though it hurts. ;)
skipfactor, 2 of my little real estate sites are back on top among the directories, and in a few cities like vegas, the agent sites were never really touched by Florida. Still cant figure out what they are doing. If they like directories, why am I back?
It certainly gets some pages back near where they were before.
But not others :(
Pre Google: 2 - 6
Post Florida: 14 - 31
Is this the Galem update, or is this a bug fix.
Has anybody been restored to their original position, that did not do any de-optimization.
The funny thing, my 14th place result is the third most relevent site for the keyword in question. Now the trick is to get ahead of the 12 irrelent sites, that are ahead of me, so the consumers does not have to scan all the crap.
P.S. By the way, my site never disappeared during "Florida", just moved between #12 and #15 (for that particular keyphrase). But being on the 1st page is gold!
Nevertheless, I can see a lot of PageRank updates (I have to sites up to 6, 3 up to 5, 1 up to 7) and backlinks are updated as well - all together, IMO this is news as I recall these changes used to be performed with some space between them (positions, pagerank, backlinks...)
(1) changed the structure of the site a little
(2) tightened my sales pitch and sales text
(3) changed the keywords
(4) changed the keyword density
(5) chewed my nails badly
Wondering if I have achieved anything or not. We'll see. But so far so good.