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I have jumped for my main pages that have good external links, but the inside pages with links only from my own site has dropped.
Is the conclusion that you now need external links to every page you want to rank well for?
My new site that Google picked up before the update is still ranking well - in fact the same. BUT nowhere to be found on www2 or www3 where the serps look much like they did a month or two ago. Time to press the panic button?
[edited by: studmuffin at 11:59 am (utc) on Oct. 31, 2002]
However, a few pages were left unindexed even though they were crawled. Now those pages that were left out, are showing, and the pages (the majority) that showed throughout the month, are gone.
All pages were crawled on the same day.
Can anyone explain this?
Any conlcusions what has changed?
The "expanding virtual quotes" are back, ie, Google will now search for the exact phrase first and then show pages with the search words in less close proximity (sort of...). (I'm very pleased to see them again.)
I guess the question here is whether the others beating him in the SERPs are competitors, or just people who happen to use this phrase non-commercially and do well? However, you are right in cases like this he needs to fight for everything he can. The one thing that occurs to me is that if he is going for a 2 word phrase, he oughta be trying to scoop up those people who use that 2 word phrase PLUS other words. My main site is totally noncommercial, and I targeted it for a few keywords and keyword phrases. A few months back, I put something like a MB of text that is an historical archive of an old e-mail zine which was subscribed to by people interested in the topic of my site. This added a *huge* amount of indexable content for Googlebot. I'm now getting a lot more hits I'd never have before because while the main site is well targeted for the search keyword1 keyword2, I'm now picking up cases where unsophisticated searches are using 3, 4, 5 and even more keywords. The logical AND between those means my site is one of the few, if not the only one, that matches them. Thus, he perhaps should try and figure out what extra keywords people would likely use searching for what he sells.
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Might be a quick update.
Ah well, maybe I'll make it next go 'round. Plus, I'll have learned a valuable lesson - unless you're already indexed by Google, stay the heck away from "Google News" around the last of the month.... Apparently, this whole Googlitis stuff is catchy. I fell "Hook, Line, and Sinker" :)
Congrats to those who got bumped up & added!
Last month a lot of people complained that pages that had long held top 10 spots for keywords had suddenly dropped 100s of places. Anyone seeing a reversal of this?
Last month I had one site drop like this across 5 keyphrases, but retain position on 15 others. Looks like nothing much changed this month except the appearance of all those new ads.
Are you checking for *non-commercial* search phrases? I keep saying it, and I'll keep saying it again. The average web surfer rarely does searches looking for commercial sites. They just are seeking out info on topics that interest them. It makes sense for Google to optimize the algo for what the average user searches on. The commercial searches are just collateral damage.
But this update i have seen no change at all, did i make my changes to late, eg my title text on google is still showing my old site from a week ago.
Or should i wait a bit longer - www1 2 and 3 is the same old content and title