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In my case mycompanyname is a single word, which I invented. The only references to it online are links to my site. For the last couple years, when I search for mycompanyname, I was always #1, and then all the folks who link to me are refenced below.
Since Allegra, mycompanyname.com is not in the SERPs at all for a search on mycompanyname. I also don't appear in searches on directory.google.com, although you can SEE mycompanyname.com listed in the directory! What on earth!
- My PR recently went from 6 to 3 as of Allegra.
- for the last month I had a 301 redirect on / to route it to /cityname/
- if I search: mycompanyname site:mycompanyname.com I get a couple hundred hits, which is right
- if I search: allinurl:mycompanyname I see something really weird: first SERP is someone that links to me, 2nd SERP is blank (yes, blank - there's a 1 inch space!), then I get a couple more SERPs, then my /cityname page appears
Something is really weird here....
Comments anyone else?
query for ourcompanyname (3 unique words - not general)
1st: scraper with link to ourcompanyname.com - redirects to a competitor.
2nd: IBL to our companyname.com
3rd: scraper with link to ourcompanyname.com
4th: hidden text (100's of phrases) no occurences of ourcompanyname visible.
5th: Google Directory page with link to ourcompanyname.com
6th: IBL to our companyname.com
7th: scraper with link to ourcompanyname.com
9th: IBL to our companyname.com
10th: IBL to our companyname.com
so google thinks that a spammy scraper page is more important than not only the site it links to, but EVEN it's own directory lol
get it sorted google, i mean how long do u think it will be until a reporter notices these strange results?
if not that then the huge differences on LIVE data centers for the same query may get someone's attention.
i don't think silence is the best policy, if google are working on sorting out what is obviously a problem then they should at least give a hint to the fact, instead of just sitting back and ignoring us.
i will give it some time before i start promoting other SEs in the same way i have always promoted google, but my patience is wearing thin.
i give google exposure to around 1,000's of ppl a day on the site in the example above alone, may not be a lot, but when i change the site-wide search box from google it will be 1,000's of recommendations they miss out on daily.
silence is not the best policy IMHO
<edit> specifics removed SHKB </edit>
I was surprised to get a somewhat non-canned reply today indicating my site was neither banned or penalized.
Interesting though to go from 4000 Google uniques/day to 800 (most of those are adwords clickers) on Feb 2.
Anyone else get a response from Google?
I was surprised to get a somewhat non-canned reply today indicating my site was neither banned or penalized
Got the same thing in a caned letter, but with emphasis that these are not a penalty. I think if it were a penalty, home page cache would be gone and/or supplemental results would be shown. I just think that this was a by product of the Algo Update and possibly not intended on such a wide scale.
I have to believe they will be fixing this, but my guess is that they will wait until they really have the bugs ironed out before rolling out the code. There was so much outrage about this at the beginning of the month, I am sure they are concerned about public relations and don't want to seem like they don't know what they are doing.
Have you done a allintext: query on your 3 'unique' words? I am seeing a direct correlation for some sites where allinanchor and allinurl are high, but allintext is inexplicably low (on some DCs), as are the resultant google rankings.
Google is broken and you're not alone.
oops; forgot to mention allintitle: can also be high; but a 'nonsense' result for allintext for some pages seems to greatly affect the resulting google SERPs.
Hardly anyone would search on those two keywords combined without a space in between if they were not looking for a specific domain? Couldn't Google make some assumptions that the person is actually looking for a domain when they don't include a space and it is an exact match? I really think this would lead to a better user experience.
user search for my site enters: keywordkeyword
user searching for information enters: keyword keyword
I have heard from a lot of people with this issue that they have a keyword in their domain.
There is an argument that keyword.com is not the best result for the search so I will also propose that Google could ad "Did you mean keyword.com? like they use for spelling mistakes.
Since the beginning of Feb, G's been making dozens of daily strange visits on my site:
184.108.40.206 - - [19/Feb/2005:00:00:33 -0800] "GET /&y=02DEB59A8814CD58&i=322&c=6131&q=02%5ESSHPM%5BL7owflv%7Cv~q%3Fhzvxwk%3Fspll%3Fompxm~r6&e=utf-8&r=16&d=&n=8AL45H69GK1K0V24&s=0&t=&m=400388E8&x=0113B439B4EC09F1 HTTP/1.1" 302 230 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"
Anybody know what this is?
this is weird. Clean as whistle acording to copyscape here (unless you count a sentence). 4+ hours a day entering /changing information on my site and I'm nowhere to be found. This is weird.
You will (hopefully) see yourself plus all the ODP "clones" that use MyUniqueName in their page title. Typically, Google labels these as supplemental results, so no big deal. One (or more) of them, however, may not be labeled supplemental. The site I'm referring to is a randomized version of the ODP, has node in the url, uses the ODP Title and meta description as the Title of their web page and then uses it again in a H1 Header, etc. Several Thousand of these pages are cached in Google, apparently passing through their filter and perhaps (speculation) even being viewed by Google as the "real" website while yours is discarded into the wilderness. This is apparently a Russian website hosted in USA by godaddy; their obvious purpose is to fool searchers into navigating to their 'directory' and be exposed to copious links to drug sites.
In my links on my site I mostly use /page.asp so wthout the domain. Could this be the problem?
Another strange thing: index.asp is the main page and only gets a pagerank of 1. If I enter index.htm or index.html, these pages, that never existed I get a PR of 3! But if I do a check for the domain: domain.com (so without the page) I still get a pagerank of 3.
Is the space in the URL behind the clickable link in the Title?
Or, is it just in the Green Text on the bottom line of your entry?
If it is just the Green Text then the gap is simply so that the long URL wraps on screen if there are adverts on the right-hand side of the SERPs.
However, this adversly hurts those who get links under their business name. I'm guessing they will find a way to fix this, then again, Google isn't really putting much effort into search these days. It's a very sloppy algo at the moment and seems Google out thinking themselves again.