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The thing that I don't understand is how my number two keyword phrase will go from page 1 in the serps to page 13 the next day...then the following day I come back to page 1 again. This makes no sense at all. I'm not making any changes to my website.
I could see the serps flexuating a few spots here and there but this is crazy to jump back and forth every other day from page 1 to oblivion and then back again.
Anyone else seeing this?
Perhaps they are just trying to do it slowly this time...so no one will notice. :-)
But the interesting thing is that 4 days ago I made drastic changes to page2 to try and find away round the "filter", and left page3 as it always. Page3 is now in #6 on www2 for blue widgets which was its pre-Austin position, but Page2 is #100 for red widgets on www2. Both pages were in the top 5 pre Austin.
Does this mean pages with a high keyword density, in the future will be allowed back?
If we get a backlink update, I sure hope it includes DMOZ links. I've had a link there since late November, and it still doesn't show in my backlinks.
I've had a dmoz link (from PR5 page) for ~year. It still does not show up. Nevertheless, it still counts (I think).
So no need to type in site:domainname.com a to see all pages. :)
Why is this taking so long? Anyways, other issue still remains. Googlebot is not crawlign any of my 133+ sites that all have more than a 5 PR and good number of incoming links. Still clueless. Any thoughts guys?
It's a fair point that if one sees less visibility on some key pages, but more overall traffic, or higher quality traffic, that can only be good.
What we're seeing for the past two days however, is a dramatic *decline* in the ROI of our G**gle traffic ... suggesting poorer quality SERP's are kicking in. This is in line with our own qualitative observations of the new SERP's, and also in line with what we saw during Florida / Austin, when the semantic elements of the algo were working poorly, and producing far less relevant matches to kw searches.
We could be on the verge of much worse SERP's again. OTOH, it could just be me! Anyone else aware of this yet?
I haven't checked, but I'm not aware of anything too large launching in the last day or so. People should expect to see daily or near-daily updates this coming year as we continually update our index data, but I'm not aware of any large algorithm updates that would merit calling this an update.
I'm aware of the comment (to which I believe someone commented, to paraphrase, that it doesn't matter what we hear if what we see suggests otherwise...)
Not trying to stir things up, and in fact I do *not* view this an an 'update' ... but whatever is going on, it started last Friday (?) and is having a profound impact on the quality of our G traffic. ROI's have plummeted; only on G traffic. If it's just the daily shift thing, it is by far the biggest daily shift between major update-ish events that we've ever experienced.
But I'm cautious about extending our experience to broad conclusions, which is why I described what we see qualitatively (observations) and quantitatively (revenues)...and asked if others are experiencing similar reactions or activity....
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I used to to be number 1 for a decent ammount of keywords toward the site. And in top5 for everything else.
a) GG speaks in riddles which would give even Nostradamus translation difficulties.
b) Amazon really can't afford to dominate Google serps much longer. I'm sure it's a consequence of the 'new improved' algos. But you don't have to be Einstein's less intelligent relative (the one at university - but in a bottle) to realise that if you're searching for information on the Internet, you're not looking for a book on the subject. I go to a bookshop for that - or indeed Amazon, with which I have spent thousands of pounds - but not in the serps please.
Now if that's all too simple, maybe that's the problem.
There is one site that was #5 after Florida, that gradually slipped to around page 4 ~ 5 that is back to #4 - it is a spam/frame re-direct page with a couple dozen keywords in the noframes tag and it's only backlinks (about 30) are from the site to which it re-directs. Seeing that site back in the top 5 gives these new results the unmistakeable flavor of Florida.
It's gettin' so that you cain't tell the "minor updates" from the "major algo tweaks", gosh durn it.
People should expect to see daily or near-daily updates this coming year as we continually update our index data...
Everflux that really fluxes. A rolling update that really rolls along. The new normal, (until they decide on a whole new normal). Sounds like fun.
Maybe Google couldn't decide which set it liked better, so decided to divide its time evenly. (-: This would probably be less amusing if I had an e-commerce site...!
I've just checked the serps in my sector, which have been fairly stable, and now all the zero content, totally unworthy crappy price-comparison sites are back at the the top of the serps.
It's embarassing enough to post a headline 'false alarm' - but what do you call this?
I'd call it an update.