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We just saw some major un-sandboxing but now it seems like we're back in the dirt, sort of.
We're seeing hundreds of positions type slides for sites that ranked very well as of last friday.
A few sites are showing no noticable change in rankings however.
The technical term we care most about (for some other sites) has changed as well but is not back to pre-Florida. Several dozen technically competent sites are still missing and the cloaking spammer has moved up from #8 to #4.
That is an interesting response to a spam complaint with GoogleGuy in the subject.
And, a 300% increase in visitors on one site which suffered an equivalent fall two or so months ago.
Have a look at the above mentioned thread and add your observations please.
Then, last night/yesterday (again, I was glued to the computer and watching it go from data center to data center)... it went back in the sandbox SORTOF... not really though... WEIRD stuff... traffic is definitely UP over sandbox, but done by about 50% (maybe more) from the last couple days... pages indexed = half of what they were (which happens sometimes in week-to-week fluctuations)... weird thing is that some of the more recent pages stuck and less recent (all under 2.5 months old) are gone.
Now here's something I have been analyzing for months across MANY sites... I believe Yahoo is absolutely using Google in some regard when it comes to at least the number of pages in their index... when Google makes a big change there, so too does Yahoo, and they match EXACTLY... that's not coincidence.
Has anyone started to analyse the changes and reach any conclusions.
For one of my terms I've dropped from #1 to #2 so no disaster but I can confirm that its a change in Google and not the pages involved. Pages unchenged no update in PR or backlinks.
For another 3 word term I've dropped from 1 to 4 again no dissaster but a worrying sign is the fact that the pages moving up are from crappy directories. I was hoping that any changes in the Google algo would lead to this kind of site being dropped.
And that darned sandbox is still there for my newest site...silent scream!
Is it a directory site by any chance? or a serp-scraping-scumbag?
Directories can hurt you!
Krishna (proposer of Hilltop) obviously doesn't live in the same world as webmasters...
for your newest site, can i suggest a subdomain, not a new site?