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I've been numbers 3 to 5 or so for a couple of years. Gotta get to work!
It appears that "competition" has sprung up from no-where, but not much from the UK (we are only interested in the UK market).
We've not budged an inch though, which is good. I guess.
(just on some datacenters so far like 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206)
I noticed our Google traffic increase by about 30% a few days ago, and stay there. Got looking around at our more popular kw's and saw that we'd moved up on those that weren't already #1, displacing sites like abo_t.com, (who have gone from first to fifth). This is on kw's that have been very stable day to day for months.
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Yes, all the dc's I mentioned above don't have the new stuff any more than the others. It's moving around, but stays on only a few datacenters at a time.
"I noticed our Google traffic increase by about 30% a few days ago, and stay there. Got looking around at our more popular kw's and saw that we'd moved up on those that weren't already #1, displacing sites like abo_t.com, (who have gone from first to fifth). This is on kw's that have been very stable day to day for months."
my site's also gotten a boost in google traffic of about 25%.
my site has moved up in various stable keyword SERPs.
i don't have many good inbound links, aside from two from the open directory. maybe the new algo boosts ODP, and depresses value of certain other links...
As caveman has said Google has indeed started up a more continual updating and they still have the monthly indexing. So SERPs will not stay the same from here on out.
No doing a search and the results never changing.
For truth speaks.
" don't have many good inbound links, aside from two from the open directory. maybe the new algo boosts ODP, and depresses value of certain other links"
From what I see Google does depress values of links. Basically I think the only links they assign Page Rank to your site with are the anchors with your keywords back to your site.
This is probably due to the abuse of links, and also a way for Google to quickly determine results rankings by the number of anchor text links to a site that matches the users search query.
Also as I have stated links are votes according to Google and using that word as opposed to links, votes are not counted more than once. Therefore votes from a prior election do not count in the current election.
In order for Google to provide relevant results the content needs to be fresh therefore I think that links also need to be fresh. As links age over time I would imagine that Google devalues the links worth.
To condense this I believe the more votes with keyword term searched for going to your site the higher in the serps you will appear.
I am not saying all the other areas of optimization would not be counted, but more if all things are equal then the last thing counted is # of links with the keyword term searched for, and this value would determine where in the results a site would appear.
My thoughts on fresh content fresh links stems from a press release I wrote for a client Nov 10 and by Nov 20 was front page on google for terms diamond brokers and americas diamonds, and driving nice traffic even though the links take you to the press release site it drives click throughs to the site quite well.
I was a little in shock to see that happen so quick to say the least.
My 1.5 cents adjusted for inflation.
How long has this page been up with "Site Pending"? Google has never updated in real time. In times before, if the content changed to "Site Pending", the page could stay at #1 for a month or so until the next Google Dance. Dunno how long it would be today. However, a page is NOT going to drop from Google if it changes to "Site Pending" for a while these days on Google.