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In our case a few of our internal pages are showing in www2 and www3 however our front page which has been number 3 for months in the main term has disapeared. Hopefully this will straighten out before this is over. Hope our server change on Oct. 7 isn't causing the problems.
It also seems that my PR went from a 3 to a 7. I guess all those late night submissions and relevant cross-linking, updated content, and a little carpel tunnel syndrome is paying off.
I just hop it stays this way.
I am not seeing any real changes in my keyword areas based on this update - although I'm happy that a new site that I added 1 week ago made it into the database in just a few days (could it be related at all to being included in my adwords campaigns?) I did use the "add URL" thing the day the site went live.
I agree that I've seen a lot of new sites cropping up in the last couple of months in the top of the serps for relatively competitive terms- sites with nothing to offer except a keyword loaded URL. It seems like PR is weighted a little less and keyword URLS a little more. While this is great for my new site (which will be content intensive and therefore DESERVES to be at the top :) - overall it seems to open the door for spammy sites to dominate.
For all bull about making the search's more relevant for the enduser and having good content and all that nonsense..the truth is build linking partnerships and googles algo will make sure you get to the top...
But then again it's a free engine and thats what you get with free engines irrelevant junk..
Similar thing is happening with me with respect to my Adwords campaigns. Prior to last months update my CTR was pretty consistent at 1.9%-2.0% each month. Since then they have been c.3.0% (50% increase). My reasoning is that people searching have been less satisfied with the results and consequently are more likely to click on Adwords.
wreck3d - yep, seeing a few Oct 29 'fresh' around (just not mine!)
dauction - even if you're suffering, no need to be offensive. I hardly think anyone could describe Google's results as 'irrelevant junk'.