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> What does real good for me is having sites listed in DMOZ linking to my site with keyword in text.
Definitely. Especially if that link text matches the on-page optimisation (title and body text).
> ...one person's idea of Heaven and another, Hell...
Yes, but it's easier to see that if you're in Heaven this month. Otherwise, the problem is Google's poor results.
I think that Google has great results every month.:)
ROFLMAO. I think this is very much true. For the last month I have been comparing Google to the Internet equivalent of Satan because in the last month my main site was totally dropped from the last index, due either to my webserver having a glitch, Google being buggy, or perhaps both.
From what I am seeing at the moment on www2, not only am I back in Google, but beyond my wildest dreams. Possibly even #1 for the most important keyword to me. Now that it looks like I will be in Google Heaven for the next month, Google looks like the One True God, and not Satan. ;)
Oompa Loompa doopity doo
I've got a little story for you
Oompa Loompa doopity dee
If you are wise you'll listen to me
What do you get with the new Google Dance
Mixing your sites in a dizzying trance
First you are in and then you are out
What in the heck is this change a bout?
(I don't like the looks of it)
Oompa Loompa dippidy dar
spammers and dash sites, you will go far
You will find search happiness too
Like the oompa-loompa-doopity.com do
I don't think it's over yet because two minutes before this I was not there and could only be found after page 7 for three word phrases - and now (two more minutes later) I'm gone again....
Has anyone else noticed that google.yahoo.com seems to deliver the results first?
It's happened on the last 3 or 4 updates
What does it all mean!
It means that the dance is still going strong. What you are seeing is data moving from www2 and www3 over to www and then back again. This will happen from the day the dance starts until the day it ends. One day it may look like the update is done, the next we are back to the old database.
Again, give it time...
I've noticed this is has been consistant for 4 updates now.
I would have thought I would get only google referals before google/yahoo results.
Or could it be just what happens where I'm plugged in (ISP's, caches etc)
If Google cannot find any other text to index on your page, then it will use the META description. If you have a Flash intro page with no text, Google will index the description if it is available.
If you have an intro page that is all graphics, Google may show the META description. There are many different scenarios where this may happen.