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But as usual, nobody cares how you personally rank. Differences in the quality of results, and ways they have changed, that is something interesting we can all possibly get some value from. This batch is the worst since last summer. Still not awful, but the amount of clean low quality sites outranking clean high quality sites is very disturbing. Again, it looks like Google is actually believing the idiotbacklink information it is displaying.
Yeah I agree totally, the results showing since yesterday are very disturbing.
Overall I agree now that Yahoo results are miles better than Google. Google has again pressed the self-destruct button.
All I can find is irrelevant search results and free tripod type sites which are plain awful.
2 months back I noticed that most of them had starting appearing in the top five results .i.e they were out of sandbox.
But since the last 7 hours, I have noticed that those same pages/urls (and using the same keyword combination as before) have been sandboxed again as I can see by adding the string "-dfsdgsdsd -sdfgsdgsdfg -sdfgsdgsdg -sdfgsdfgsdfg -dsfgsdgsdg -sdfgsdfgsdfg -sdgsdfgdsfg" after the keyword. For many keyword combination this particular technique is not working, but its working for several of them.
The result being that my traffic is down 80% for this site.
Anyhoo...who cares...free traffic is just the icing on the cake - a good PPC strategy helps you sleep well at night ;-)
Don't see any reason for changes. It was quite a shock on Aug. 7 to see that there was such a change in traffic. I was being found for more than a hundred keyphrases daily and then it dropped to about twenty.
I was hoping it was just a temporary glich and I would be back. I left site as it was and So far as of today Aug. 25 all seems ok.
I have to agree with Candleman here. The Aug 7 update came out of left field for me and I did not make any significant changes to the site. This update is just as abrupt and in my case, brings the site back to square one.
[edited by: div01 at 5:17 pm (utc) on Aug. 25, 2004]
Could Google be devaluing links to the home page? I think that the majority of link exchanges swap links to the home page. It seems that true "quality" websites have many links to interior pages. Is it Sandbox or a devaluing of links to the home page? Maybe new links are being credited immediately (not Sandboxed), but those to the home page are being devalued.
Through my web travels lately, which have been significant due to a large link campaign, I have noticed a large number of homepages with no PR. Many of these websites have PR5+ on internal pages.
Any thoughts? Confirmations? Rebuttals?