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It seems that a major google update is under way. I just checked www.google.com with the normal set of keywords that I generally use to monitor any changes and found what I believe is a major update. Now its back to original results. Its kinda on and off.
One of my site had a 50% increase in the number of pages crawled.
I hadn't much chance to check out whether the update spells good news or not, so lets keep our fingers crossed.
The changes are visible on 188.8.131.52
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But at least there do seem to be changes afoot.
Yikes, now that I see what Google has done looks like it's time to start spamming blogs again.
OK - you go do that, but I'm not so sure that precipitative action like that is going to achieve what you hope.
Actually, on reflection, would you like to do so as a controlled experiment and report back in 3 weeks - it would be really helpful.
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Same if slightly more weight to inbound anchor
No change for on the page anchor
Keyword density - slightly up
Title - slightly down
Text towards beginning of the page - up
H1 - up
I like many people can report to be holding steady for my prized words but have slipped slightly for broader terms which may have been spread through the copy. Nothing major in this shift me thinks. But my sample is not very big.
Im sure that a PR change thats rumoured is factored in now , but i cant see any BL etc. update.
Edit: We're seeing a LOT of old stuff from our sites.
Not complaining. Lost a number of page 1 entries in this round, but I have to admit I was expecting it. I'm just glad that the update was towards the tail end of the shopping season and not the begining.
Great time to start contemplating and planning for next year. :)
My site that was semi-dropped on Sept 23rd is back on page 1, and with #1 postions better than before.
I still see spam and irrelevant stuff, but as long as I'm above it, the world makes more sense.
Also, I haven't used any fishy SEO or blog spamming.
Hope it stays where it is so that I can finally relax after 3 months of stressing.
<just checking to see if those words can exist on a page>
A sure sign of Google having problems is when the same URL appears multiple times in the serps. Seeing that a lot right now.
[edited by: steveb at 6:30 am (utc) on Dec. 17, 2004]
Around september 23rd a site of mine lost half of it's google traffic....Main front page keywords stayed solid at #1 and #2, but the site lost ranking for dozens of smaller keyword combos on sub pages....Today most of those sub pages are back at pre sept 23rd Top #5 positions.
Ditto that - so gald I sat tight and made no knee jerk reactions :)
However, I dont think the fat lady has stopped singing yet... I wouldnt run off looking for blog right now
I'll have to check my numbers over the coming week to see how much of a hit I'll take but this does not look good.
All of our sites are still fine, except for one brief moment when there was a severe lack of data on each search...
The only thing that has happened is a non-profit site that vanished during August / September is now ranking for all it's terms again.
Look peeps, we haven't had one of these for a while so REMEMBER that it usually takes time to settle down. Don't make any rash decisions while Google is still doing its dance.