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One site owns 3 of the top 10 results for the main keyword phrase. Can't crack the top 3, though.
The other site shot from the bowels of Google (page 10) to halfway through page one for the main keyphrase. Google saw the DMOZ listing this time around!
Both need link structure tweaks. I see my weaknesses.
*Rolls out the keg, hands out glasses*
However, this is not the first time this happens. In the past we have experienced "adjustments" in the rankings a few days after the update.
Also, another strange thing we have seen in the past is that sites with PR6 disappear from google for one month, replaced by the URL of the DMOZ directory where they were listed, and then appear again next month at the same position. Has anyone else seen that?
YEAH, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN MARVELOUS, YESSSSSSSSSS. I am back in google.
What a horrible month.
Now to work on the other sites.
Nothing like a little piece of success to make life right again.
So, in www I am #1, and www2 and www3 I am #4. Any chance I'll hit #1. Listen, I know quit looking at that horse's mouth.
Oh, I know that feeling, cause now I am absolutely buried on another site that I am responsible for in this office. Very competitive, but last march we were #1. Then #26, then 31 etc. Now I have absolutely no idea where we are after 200.
Sooooooo, back to the grind. However, I think I am beginning to feel a little bit better about my skills thanks to all of your patience and understanding. GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE. BEST PLACE ON THE NET. Change your name to University of WWW and offer the doctorate cause you guys do it!
I love it. Now, if I could balance this and my family and married life et. al.
I don't know if I can keep up the pace
Still, lovely to see my old site back in. Phew. Man, it was pure hell the past year.... Thanks again Googleguy and everyone here at Webmasterworld (Especially Ciml, Brett and NFFC) for the advice and fun since January!
What I found was that it wasn't their PR that was beating me (one in fact has a PR3 to my main home pages PR5), or that they had better keyword density. It is that text in *anchor links* from other sites that they are cleaning my clock on. Only one site that links to this site of mine uses that keyword in the anchor text; all the rest are using the other main keyword. Thus it seems to me a reasonable theory that it may be at this point in the dance anchor text hasn't been factored in. The only other theory that makes sense to me is that Google has upped the importance of keyword in domain name. My domain name is in the form of keyword.TLD for this critical keyword, and is the only site in the top 10 to have this keyword in the domain name. 2 of the other sites in the bottom of the top 10 have that keyword somewhere in the URL. And, while both of these also have this keyword in the page title, these both have very poor keyword density for this keyword (and, an unimpressive PR of 3 to boot).
As such, those who have seen a sharp drop early in the dance might want to consider if it is because anchor text of links isn't factored in yet.
I have one page that used to rank #283 for it's main keyword "widget world" all I have done to change the site was to increase the keyword density from nxt to zero to about 7% and take out one image of text saying "widget world" and replace with large font text "saying widget world"
the site has vanished from www2 and www3
rest of the 3000 odd pages seem to be doing ok
any ideas as to why that may of happened?
Anyhow enough stress I'm off to bar Rumba for a pint or ten :)
Brand new osCommerce site shows 1000+ pages. Only had a single PR3 link to it when spidered so I'm optimistic for the future.
Looks like I held my ranks for my own site & the main client sites. Nice small improvements on my client with the most comeptitive kw's.
OK, which one of you crack heads knocked off my old company's site that was sitting at #1 for a very impressive sounding (1,000,000 results) keyword? Been sitting at #1 for like 18 months with almost no work & along comes this tricked out affiliate site.
Nice closed loop of a dozen affilate sites with heavy cross linking you got there ;)