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A search for: my business name llc
position 1: form an llc site
position 2: some electricity site
(google's link to this site: [...] with no domain name)
position 3: my site with two sub-listings, one being eBay
postion 4: some directory site with a link title of "Find my business name LLC at domain.com Directory"
I have not seen results like these since, dare I say it, Florida.
That has been true for a good long while now, but what I saw yesterday involved far more notable changes than the patterns of the past six months or so. But I don't want to talk much more about it at this point since it may have been a glimpse of ether.
What led me to check the PageRank of my sites in the first place was the toolbar zeroed out for two sites and then returned to the original value (5).
I just got a new G alert that listed the DMOZ listing - this is the second one I got (the first being when this dir update initally was released).
Must be that they had some hardware problems and hard to revert back to old data.
has anyone experienced this:
siteX is in categoryZ, in Google Directory, you do a "Search only in categoryZ" for siteX, and "did not match any documents" is the result.
all other sites in the category come out when searched for siteNAME only...
Now if I do the same thing in dmoz.org, siteX appears…
I've dropped from long time held positions 1 & 2 for about 100 pages and am now no higher than 8 for any.
I'm still seeing a few clicks for my pages because the ones that have replaced mine don't seem as relevant. Previously if I was 8th I'd see almost no clicks.
Didn't this happen just before Xmas last year?
My PR remains the same (as shown by the green bar). Same with backlinks. I haven't tried to find what different data centers are saying though.
The thing is, it's not only my page dropping. The serps seem quite different although I must admit I haven't paid that much attention to sites below me.
If others don't see what I'm seeing over the next day or two, then I'll have to assume it's just my site and that I'm mistaken over the serps being quite different.
it's not usually adviseable to take much notice of googles backlinks. it could be a factor but they don't usually show them all and changes don't usually coincide with changes in the pages position in the serps.
backlinks are very important in googles algo. but the ones they show don't appear to be related to the ones they use in their calculations.
how are your other pages doing in the serps? if they too have lost ground but still show backlinks then you are probably safe looking elsewhere for the change in position.