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The Google Knowledge Base [webmasterworld.com] should answer any questions about G and its updates.
It might look lengthy but everything is in there, and is applicable for every update (even though it seems not during these threads) ;)
Googleguy, is that a hint you're going to skip next months update? :)
I never do see much in the way of changes from month to month. Just one site recently dropped quite a bit, but that needs total re-doing from top to bottom altogether.
You too GoogleGuy, and everyone else also. Nice turkey there:
Hey, I learned something this update. DO NOT sit and compulse while you wait for the update. Keep pumping in quality backlinks. Pound out new and informative articles while others are worrying about when the update starts. Tweak your Title. And etc.
When my therapist first told me to try this strategy I, as usual, thought he was the one with issues. But to my surprise no more wild dreams of giant PR's trampling me during a riot at a Google dance.
And I am miles ahead of the compulsers for the next dance.
I had freshbot coming over every day. It didn't really satisfy me when i noticed that not all pages made it into the index.
So, i started to redesign and got rid of some frames pages.
Now, with this update, all my pages are appearing in www2 again...
however , it's showing the out of date pages!
No idea if i should feel good or sad now
However, since Google didn't seem to find my best 20 backlinks (added 2-3 weeks ago) I'm inclined to think I will reach it next time with more work.
Still, my high PR4 in my competition is giving me great results.
My observation is usually they are a pretty good ballpark approximation. As in, if you are now #1 for a search term, by the end of the dance you may fall to #3 or #4. However, rare for any sort of drop like 30 places down in the SERPs.
The good news is that there's probably light at the end of the tunnel for your site. The last tidbit of advice I'd give is this: just because someone puts a prominent link to an SEO code of ethics on their front page--that doesn't mean that they abide by it. :) Next time, don't choose an SEO that will try stuff like doorway pages + redirects on your site, yah?
Hey, coosblues, I'm glad if I was able to help. Seems like trying to hang around here last month was pretty helpful. WebmasterWorld is great as far as the number of people who are willing to answer questions. There's a lot of helpful folks here.
Is there something sinister at Google that makes them destroy holidays this way? First they do it on Halloween and now Thanksgiving. Instead of watching football, I'll now be sitting in front of my computer checking to see where I end up in the new index!
Oh well, the life of a new webmaster, I guess.
Google was very kind to me this Thanksgiving. Hope it was as kind to everyone else!
Have a nice thanksgiving everyone. And thanks to everyone who helped me improve my SERPS so dramatically.
- thought it was strange that there wasn't a thread on this - but didn't see it when I started the new topic. Must have been temporarily buried among all the other threads and I was too excited to notice. Sorry for the duplicate post!
[edited by: jimh009 at 9:48 am (utc) on Nov. 28, 2002]