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i went from not in the top 10 SERPs to page one, rank one. dropped again... too stressful to keep checking... glowing monitor keeps luring me in
i guess i will just have to check in the morning to see if my ranking has improved...
I disagree, during last update there were fresh tags and even fresh results during the update, but a day or so after the update ended the fresh pages suddenly disappeared and we were left with the actual indexed results.
Maybe they took the fresh tags down at some point, I'm not sure, but I'm positive that last time the fresh results were in there for several days while the update was going on. I had several pages which were in during the update but disappeared a day after it was over.
What I'm seeing now is, fresh tags, but the results don't seem to be fresh, that is, the relevancy calculation doesn't seem to be based on the freshly crawled versions. Hard to tell of course.
But I definitely think that you'll have to wait longer for your "first fresh update" that you've been predicting!
I think that one reason why the update seems uneventful is that there has been so much freshbot activity this month. Frequently throughout the month Google has been leaving the fresh results in without fresh tags, so that it looks like the fresh results are perminant.
It looks like this update is putting most of my pages in about the same place they were right before the update. But before, those results were fresh, whereas now they're perminant. Not much change in SERPS from yesterday to today, but there's a world of difference between these SERPS and the ones which appeared (briefly) after the last update, before freshbot came around.
This makes a lot of sense from a Google perspective, as it makes the update much less visible for the user. What you get is, your fresh listings become perminant, but there's no apparent change because the fresh listings were being used before the update.
What I'm hoping is, when freshbot comes around again, there will be as much difference as there was after the last update when she came to visit! At that time, I went from around 100 uniques per day to around 1000. I'd love to see another factor of 10, come on freshbot, crawl me baby! :)
Interesting observation. We noted last update that new pages that were published or spidered just a few days before the update stayed in after it. This is contrary to conventional wisdom, (and mine last year), that after the update all freshed pages from the month before are deleted as your pages are a snapshot of the spidering around a month before of the updated.
The same thing seems to be happening to our sites this time. Im not sure whether there is some otehr criteria involved (such as PR) which destermines which fresh data is kept and which is lost.
However i think you are right freejung, I think we may well have seen an archetypal unconcious (if you excuse the expression!) shift in Google updates, where we have moved to the monthly update from now being far less critical. Certainly in our case the rush to update pages every month around update time is a thing of the past.
We are still noticing that monthly updates are more significant than those inbetween, and we are talking of something more general and less specific than the mid-term "super-everflux" (copyright peterb i think!) but Google updates are certainly no longer the once a month proposition it was. Maybe one day we will no longer have the monthly Google update thread, or at least it will be far less obvious.. Many months ago, googleguy mentioned that "google likes minty-fresh pages" outta the blue. Many months on, freshing has a far more significant impact on SERPS and page inclusions in several ways.
Thanks for getting the joke in my name! ;) If you look at the site in my profile, you'll see how I got it: it was automatically assigned to me by my webhost as my default name when I registered my domain. It's by far the coolest automatically assigned handle I've ever seen, and I liked it so much I decided to keep it. I rather like Jung. And a good understanding of archetypes sure helps in SEO!
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. Fresh pages surviving the update, that sort of thing. It's weird but I like it, as it helps new sites a lot, and gives anyone involved in active development an advantage.
What is the mid-month thing you're talking about? Last month I noticed that relevancy was recalculated around the middle of the month, but this month I kept waiting for that to happen and it never did (either that, or my changes weren't as significant as I thought!). How long can you expect to wait for changes in keywords (title etc.) to take effect? Sometimes it seems like I see effects within days, but this month relevancy seems to have stagnated, at least for me.
Once again buying text links wins the game.
So what happens when we all buy ads and everyone has 1.2 million backlinks to their site?
I have to disagree.
I have PR6 and I am outranking a PR8 site that has bought hundreds of text links from a "real" PR8 site. All those links have the right anchor text etc. but still he is below me in the serps...
And another question. I've followed Google updates for 9 months, and always saw similar results on www2 and www3. Is it just me, or is it rare for www2 and www3 to differ, and if so, why do people check them both anymore?