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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?
The odd thing is a the search result includes the domain with "%20" and "%20-%20" at the end of the listing title, ex: "domain.com%20/"
Anyone else seeing this or know the cause?
I should say as I have been on G's case here somewhat about this issue that we are back now #1-2 our retail and wholesale sites respectively in the serps for our unique registered name now. I hope this sticks. Also the serps now contain much less results for the term cutting alot of the spammy redirect link junk from that one search.
I'm in all the datacenters and the SERPS are fresh. One of my sites shows the title "More Coming Soon" which is the default splash page on my server for a site when it's propagating. I just swtiched IPs last night and my site showed this title for about 12 hours so these are brand new.
I hope this is a sign of what's coming.
Check you sites with inurl:www.domain.com and see if you've been hijacked.
Great job Google. How long has it been since we first pointed out the 302 issue?
I've written to Google about it, the update problems email address that GoogleGuy posted, but I'm just one small fish in a great big ocean.
That being said, I will forget about this problem (best I can), eventually they will fix it.
And for those that do not believe that there is a sandbox, there is one. Even I didn't beleive it for a long time. I've got a relatively unfamiliar term that I've dedicated a page to. That page is #1 in MSN and #2 in Yahoo. Does not show up in the top 1,000 of Google unless you use quotes, then it shows up at #50. The listings above it really have nothing to do with the subject.
I know that there are a lot of posts of a similar nature but I feel like my problem is slightly different. I am not complaining about a drop in page rank or position, rather we seem to be totaly gone from the index now. When I search for my domain the only things i can find are the original links off the parent site to the sister site and generic www.myurl.com/ link with no caption, description, anything to go along with it. The few pages that were there seem to be gone now.
We still get traffic (yahoo recently gave us a directory listing) but nothing from google anymore, yet googebot has been visiting us every day since mid january and continues to do so. I don't understand, we didn't break any rules, we didn't pull any tricks, yet we seem to have been deleted from the index even though we have been adding a lot of content and picking up in traffic from other places (blog links, etc).
Any idea what might be going on or how worried we should be?
I just did this test and in five DCs I see this:
Allinanchor:mydomain.com (no where to be found...>100)
Allinanchor:my-domain (no where to be found...>100)
and I'm no where in the serps. I know that "mydomain.com" anchor has least 10 times more links.
Even at that, I once was sitting behind a page that was under construction. My site is a financial site and the page under construction that beat me out was cloaking and the words just happened to appear in the random text. This particular website was also an affiliate site selling drugs.
My site now has around 600 pages in the Google index - each representing an article of around 500 - 1,100 words. This month I averaged around 1.5 referals each day from Google.
I get fresh tags daily and Googlebot was also the most active spider on the site this month, taking in around 2,400 pages.
To me, this seems like at least 12 feet worth of sand. (No one would bother digging that deep.)
Still, I remain a fan of Google - they will eventually figure it out. Until then, I will hold onto my day job.
This index on 188.8.131.52 shows 750 pages, pretty much the actual number of page on the website and this index shows all 750 pages, no message like click here to see omitted results.
My experience is that this index never sticks.
Also, on a side note I am seeing massive subdomain abuse on this search with a site domains such as:
They are all massive scraped link sites with links to 75 more spammy pages across the bottoms of all the pages and alot of my text scraped with our name in it. They have inserted <b> tags on everything they think is a keyword. The sad part is they rank not so far behind the real site with hundreds of listings just on our name search alone. Google must be 3/4 full of this trash.
But, to answer your question above, Walkman, we are still gone for all practical purposes (e.g. #99 where we used to be #4) on most searches.
It seems like Google used to use the title tag to find a page on a topic and would discern the true desire of your search - but they don't now post Feb 3. If you searched for Baby Boomer Real Estate Trends, for example, they'd treat it as if you entered "Baby Boomer Real Estate Trends" for example and find a page with that title that talked about that specific subject. Now, instead, you see pages on "real estate" "real estate trends" and "baby boomers" and then way down in the rankings you'll find information on Baby Boomer Real Estate Trends. It doesn't seem like they are giving the end users good search results any more. I don't get it.
But this only happens in a few themes as far as I can tell. I really don't get it and guess I never will. Must have been an experiment in wordsense disambiguation, latent semantic indexing, or something. Or just an ongoing anti-scumscraper, content-copying initiative that had many innocent civilian casualties. Just for the sake of intellectually curiosity, I'd love to know what happened.
By the way, what's the projection of you smart guys as to when Google might fix this problem?
b) one month (by April 1)
c) three months (by June 1)
d) six months (by September 1)
It has a" six months" feeling to me. I told the person who owns the site we work on to expect to be a no-show in Google (for search phrases that she used to do very well on) until September 1. Hope I'm wrong.
I had a similar experience with a couple of sites back in 2003. Once the sites reappeared in a few of the datacenters, it was a couple of months before the sites all of the DC's had the same results.
The best part was that the sites came back with first-page rankings, and they're still holding those rankings today.