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results switch every second search!

number 1, then number 2, then number 1 again

     
2:37 pm on May 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Very starnge thing just happened....

I was just checking a site using 2 keywords and I was very happy with the result, I clicked the search button again by mistake and the site that was number 1 changed to number 2! so I clicked it again and back to number 1. I did this about 10 times and every time the same thing happend!

I cannot seem to figure this one out, usually with dances the results change every few hours, but not on every click. It's a wacky world!

2:22 am on May 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You might have just been hitting different datacentres with every search.

Google has their servers in various geographical locations so that the results go out quicker. Each datacentre has like 10,000 servers, (who knows man, they have a sh*tload of them), and they don't all have the exact same index at the same time. It could be that one time you clicked, you hit one, then the next time, a different one.

6:20 am on May 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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But not on every click. It's a wacky world!

Very wacky! And yes, you are on to something we have noticed over the last week. Works the same with a Google search that has Froogle/Product results on the top....many times only showing up after a refresh.

Wacky world. Very intentional though.

7:33 am on May 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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One datacenter could not serve up all the Google searches every second, so they need to do load balancing to deliver the searches to different datacenters.

And too bad, all datacenters has slightly different SERPs and that's why you notice your slight slip up or down 1 or 2 position. And that's normal.

Tips: IF, however you saw your site slip up or down a lot, that usually means. (ONE) An update happened but without much discussion here in webmasterworld. It is almost certain to have a PR and backlinks update within 2 weeks. Discussion then start in webmasterworld with something like

... Backlinks increase from **** to xxx, PR now x, but SERPs is the same, everyone noticing changes in SERPs ...

(the SERPs is already being reflected 2 weeks ago)

(TWO) They are testing new algo in specific datacenter. This set of new algo, if approved, will spread to all datacenters. But if unsatisfy, will be drop (temporary, and will be retest and improved later). That's why if you saw your site LOST in the SERPs, and later come back. Be careful, it is a strong signal you are in the border of what the algo want to catch!

8:58 am on May 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>That's why if you saw your site LOST in the SERPs, and later come back. Be careful, it is a strong signal you are in the border of what the algo want to catch!

Why do you say that? What do you think are the signals, how someone can tell?

10:30 am on May 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for all the replies...

update: the KW search is back to how it always was.... however the placements are diffent on www3!

3:39 pm on May 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi, recently I went from the first page in google for a keyword to the second page. So I made some changes to it last week, minor ones to see if that would improve the ranking. So this morning I looked and the cache version is that of my updated page and my ranking went up 1 but still not on the first page. Can anybody please tell me how often google changes the search results or if my boosting by one from 15 to 14 was the boost my editing got me. Thank You,
Kelley