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Anyone else notice less emphasis in Google Rankings?

     
8:49 pm on Sep 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I am noticing that a lot of the top sites in Google under popular keyphrases for my niche are no longer the spammy keyword domains (i.e. www.keyword-keyword-keyword.com)

Anyone else see this? Maybe Google is placing less emphasis on keyword urls.

9:08 pm on Sept 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Yes!

PR and content are king!

9:18 pm on Sept 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Don't rush to judgement just yet. The database will most probably be changing dramatically for the next few days. Depending on your sector.

I've seen my (non-keyword-domain) disappear and reappear, move up and down the serps for many days before finally settling down.

That's why they call it "The Dance" ;)

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what do you mean depending on your sector?
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Some sectors are more competitive than others. Therefore, there's more flux in web sites. That's why some people will be screaming about major movements in serps while other's don't notice a difference.

Incidentally, do a google search for "Welcome." How many sites do you estimate have that term in their title tag? So, all things being roughly equal let's examine the serps:

The number one ranked site is a PR9. The search terms only appear within the inbound links.

The number two ranked site is a PR10. The search terms also only appear within the inbound links.

A PR9 beats a PR10! I've been following this "welcome" search and this is the first time I saw something like this. But it may be a temporary anomaly.

What this seems to say is that the brute force of inbound links with relevant anchor text is enough to buoy a site to the top of the serps, with greater weight than "on the page factors" and greater weight even than PageRank itself.

But this may yet shake out once the database gets integrated and sorted.

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Although the update probably isn't over, I have seen the new index on aol.google and www.google for quite some time now without reverting. I still contend that less emphasis has been placed on keyword-rich domains in the rankings. Results in my niche look less spammy.
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I have many sites we domains containg keywords and all have been dropped!

They came back for a while this morning and have now gone again, there not even listed when searched for by the full domain name

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Yes I am seeing this also, particularly for multi-keyword-domains-with-cheap-widgets-for-sale. In my sector there is now not a single affiliate site in the top 10, and there used to be 5-6 really poor affiliate sites without any real content. Google has made some major changes to the algo and I think the results look great.