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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 126.96.36.199
[edited by: ciml at 2:15 pm (utc) on Dec. 16, 2004]
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Lots less pages returned on the site:www.domain.com check for some of my sites (although it is switching on that Datacentre) - I assume that the pages omitted are the url only listing which I dont want listed anyway.
Slight changes in serp positions too.
I'm talking about pages that were ranking in the first five positions being moved down to the 4th or 5th PAGE of the serps.
I'm glad had high rankings for as long as I did. But this big change puzzles me, since my site is clean (ie, no tricks) and has been pretty stable for quite a while.
Maybe this is Google's answer to MSN - two updates at the same time...
Seasonal traffic is down about 20 percent and general traffic is up about 15%.
Adsense is doing somewhat better.
Sheesh... the thread title got my hopes up that Google might have started ranking sites made in 2004. No such luck.On first glance, my sandboxed site has now been dropped from the obscure phrases that were the ones it ranked for previously. Unfortunately I can't check my logs for this site til after midnight. I am guessing there are some terms I am doing better for since Adsense impressions are up slightly at this point.
What's so odd is that everything is systematically down, everything. I have a solid, solid site with no shady SEO, not even link-exchanges, and quality incoming links from hundreds of unique domains from major high PR sites. My search postitions have dropped from 1 page to 4th and 5th. Weaker terms which where on 4th and 5th are nowhere. Also, my terms are not very competitive.
But I don't think it's a rollback. Doing a Google search that shows very new site content is still there.
I hope we're just in the middle of something that just looks ugly right now. I'm just going to chill out for awhile.