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It certainly appears that there has not been a major update, however I myself as well as other members have suffered a massive loss in hits this past week. It does appear that PR has updated. My index page is still a 6, but my internal pages all dropped from 6 to 5. Most people have not seen a significant change in position, but still something has hit many other site owners this past week. Perhaps a slight tweak in the algo or a few new penalties were recently implemented. I would love to hear from anyone else suffering from a recent loss in hits.
Google Inc. Filed Registration Statement with the SEC for an Initial Public Offering. Google stated:
"There is an ongoing and increasing effort by “index spammers” to develop ways to manipulate our web search results. For example, because our web search technology ranks a web page’s relevance based in part on the importance of the web sites that link to it, people have attempted to link a group of web sites together to manipulate web search results. We take this problem very seriously because providing relevant information to users is critical to our success. If our efforts to combat these and other types of index spamming are unsuccessful, our reputation for delivering relevant information could be diminished. This could result in a decline in user traffic, which would damage our business."
It used to be safe to put a relevant link between different sites that you owned. Like everyone else, I'm trying to understand the threshold between good, honest, relevant links and "index spamming".
I guess I'll have to look more closely in the morning.
I first noticed said issue on May 19 2004 according to my post at [webmasterworld.com...]
I have to give credit to Google because I haven't seen any porn URLs among valid searches. On this regard, Google has done a good job.
However, more than a month after Google formerly announced its intention to go public, its technology doesn't impress me enough to want to buy stock.
Search results on the real estate field are quite lousy.
My visitors are still down 1000 a day ever since Memorial Day weekend however the number of pages indexed has gone up. I also have yet to see any PR changes.
Right now it almost feels as if they are reindexing everything as I do have some good listings but just not what it was before Memorial Day weekend. It should be noted that this site gets 88% of Google traffic.
I am hoping somewhere that someone will post what has changed in this week as this is driving me nuts. Every time I change the site I go up for a little bit and then bam another update hits