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We have now been restored to our pre-florida positions for 3 of our top 5 competitive keyphrases
Good news. Did you go straight back in or has there been a step by step change.
We have reappeared #45 on all data centers for the term that had us dropped from sight. I'm hoping this is just the first step.
I think what has happened since Nov. 15 is a tranfer to Froogle database for certain keywords. These keywords are used to trigger accessing Froogle in order to display Froogle results on the page. Since Froogle was in beta prior to this, I think that the data was either partial or outdated. I think it will take a few weeks or hopefully sooner for this database to updated form the regular crawls. This would explain allot of what we have seen in the last 3 weeks.
I am still not showing for my best keywords(Froogle keywords perhaps?). But, I rank high on everthing else(Non-Froogle). Anyone else think that this has happened?
I do think there was a minor algo change, but this does not explain everthing that has happened from what I have seen.
I made it back to postiion 14, and now I can just push it onto page one, I will be happy.
If my site disapear again, then this will at least prove that H1 tags have an effect on the algorithm.
I have pretty much wean my self off of the free serps anyways, so I can afford to play.
However I believe, the problem has always been an unintentional bug in the Florida algorthimn. Its not totally fixed, but Google is working on it.
I have no problem with Google, playing with their algorthim, however they should be doing a lot more beta testing, and never release a major update, just before the christmas rush. The Florida update, was not ready for prime time, and this whole mess could have been avoided if they kept the testing to a few data centers, before releasing it unto the masses. I was largely unaffected, since pre christmas is the slow season in my industry, but quite a few of the members here, went through 3 weeks of panic because of this.
Please Google, don't pull off anymore Microsoft's (where the first two releases of any given product is beta ware).
The only thing I could figure is that every page was probably optimized unintentionaly for this area's map including title, description, keywords, text, alt and H1 tags. Google bumped all 22,000 pages.
Our dynamic sites are still out. Pehaps it could be because they are fairly new and the internal links have not been given pagerank yet? This Hilltop discussion would mean sites with pagerank only on a few pages among many on a site would have a severe disadvantage and would be seen as an authority vaccuum :)
Established dynamic sites might do better if Google had bothered to allocate pagerank to the internal pages.
Makes sense - hopefully some more sites will reappear on the Froogle keywords once the database is fully updated.
We have noticed one site reappear CLOSE to pre-florida position .... on some keywords terms but NOT showing at all on many other terms ... if this is an early update, is it likely to be a few more days to see all the changes?
ALSO ... before today, the filter test had us at #5 and we were 170 in the current results ... now the current results show us #7 and in the FILTER test we are #11 .... can anone make any sense out of that flip flop?
In this case though, the old anchor text algo is more useful internally on a site, and where internal near-duplicate content makes more sense to ignore. For example, do site:domain.com -qwerty and it makes sense for all pages to show up, including any close to the same pages for endless products. The florida algorithm is working hard to discern and eliminate duplicate content mini-webs and duplicate doorway pages, so the reverse makes sense, to ignore pages very similar to each other.