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5:05 am on Aug 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I wrote to google asking what was going on and they pretty much said...

Every 6 months they do a shift.

This "shift" brings in a bunch of new sites and does a bit of "rotating" to fit them in.

They also said that it effects thousands of sites.

I showed them my sites and they told me (i will keep the email of course) that "not to worry, in 3 weeks my sites will be back online the way they were before".

So, I am counting the days.

7:41 am on Aug 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well this is news to me. I thought that Google results were constantly moving.
12:49 pm on Aug 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Doesn't sound like the typical Google reply. Are you sure this wasn't via Google Answers, perhaps?
1:16 pm on Aug 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My experience has been that Google's on a rolling strategy constantly updating their algo and sites being included. Haven't really seen any evidence supporting what you suggest.
1:22 pm on Aug 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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shanbr,
no offense but...why would Google explain to you what they do? It just doesn't seem like a Google response to me.
8:42 pm on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Google was right "thank god" I am back. :)
9:15 pm on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am still waiting. My site is almost 6 months old. It ranks, but not well. I have a PR 5 for almost all pages and rank #1 for all of the allin's for my main keywords.
9:18 pm on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've never heard of anyone getting such an in-depth answer from an email to Google. I can't see why they would both to give such an answer.
9:27 pm on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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mmmmmhhhhh...

Sorry, but I don't buy it.

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>>Every 6 months they do a shift.

This "shift" brings in a bunch of new sites and does a bit of "rotating" to fit them in.<<
...........

Hey they told me every 12-months Santa Claus comes round, but I aint seen him for 30 years ;-)

11:55 pm on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>but I aint seen him for 30 years

I didn't realize you're an old man! ;)

All the webmasters here are under 30! ;)

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LOL
Real webmasters are 35+
12:21 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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All the webmasters here are under 30! ;)

Silly kids.

That "every 6 month shift" thing sounds a bit suspicious. As I remember, GG told us to expect the constantly updated algo (back in Feb?); that dances were a thing of the past.

Still, it would make a lot of sense for G to periodically shake things & webmasters up a bit, cleaning out the obvious riff-raff that makes it way into organic SERPS.

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So, can anyone remember a big shift six months ago and six months before that, last august?
4:55 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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shanbr,

Can you sticky me the email from Google? Thank You.

7:03 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Could you sticky me, too, the email from Google? Thanks
9:11 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Google was right "thank god" I am back.

So instead of it being a three week wait, it was a 5 day wait, interesting.

Instead of showing backlinks, they should have a backshare button on the toolbar. See how many GOOG shares a site owner has ;)

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That's a great news that you're back.
Are you sure you wrote to google only and the reply you got was from them only!

i could not digest this!

not to worry, in 3 weeks my sites will be back online the way they were before

Can you sticky me the mail from google if that's not a probelem.

10:31 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Maybe your site disappearing this was just a glitch and they knew it :)
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Sticky me too, if it wouldn't be too much trouble?

Doesn't sound like the typical Google reply. Are you sure this wasn't via Google Answers, perhaps?

Just to cover all the bases, I'm an Answers Researcher -- an extensive site search (covering Comments as well as Answers) yields no results over the time period to indicate such info came from GA, as we so fondly call it. I've also checked with several others who write within this subject. Nobody has used that sort of phrasing, nor have they heard of that particular theory.

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shanbr, you still there?
 

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