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Curious Google Behavior

Strange results from linking



8:53 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone else had experienced this (and perhaps knows the cause).

We've been working pretty hard on our linking campaign, and noticed a curious result in the google serps every now and then.

Lately, when a site links to us, sometimes a few days later the page they linked to us from appears in the serps at the exact place our site HAD been. This continues until the next "update (or shift, or recalulation, or whatever it is we're calling it these days - usually 7-10 days later) when our site returns to that spot.

I know it has to be some kind of glitch, because everytime it happens, our company name appears in the snippet of the site's description that replaces us.

Not a major problem...but it is a bit annoying.

Anyone else encounter this?


12:30 am on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yep, I have been submiting my site to directories, some of them pretty obscure, yet all of a sudden they have appeared in the SERP above my site.
It's caused my site to drop 3 pages on the G UK search and many more on the .com


2:37 am on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This happened to me just today, and just a couple of hours maximum. I checked early in the day and I was shocked I was not at #1 for my site name.

The next time I searched, late morning, I was back at #1. Not sure if this is what you are describing.


3:28 am on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Lately I have linked to sites and to my suprised ranked higher than the site I linked to. Can't say I have taken over their position, but feel I ranked higher than I should considering the lack of on page content to support the position.

Besides that I have seen positions fall and disappear to be replaced by affiliates such as bizrate etc . .

Other pages that have aquired mutliple links in a period of time, actually fall for a period of time before returning to their original position and then move up.


4:37 am on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This has happened to me several times over the last 6 months. Maybe even more. Now I just ignore it.

My directory submissions rank higher than the original site. Seems the PR passing to the linked to site takes ages.

And when I link to some other sites, I usually come higher in the SERPS for a month or two.


9:36 am on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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