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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?
Google has been going back and forth with this stuff only to end up with the messed up versions at the end.
I don't know for certain what is causing all of this at Google, but I have to believe Google isn't satisfied with the SERPs they're returning. Doing a search for a unique company name, which matches a site title and URL, should not return that site at #100 something. That is not relevant, and that is not acceptable.
I'm going to give Google a little while longer to get this mess straightened out, and if it doesn't, then I'm going to ban Googlebot from indexing my site and go forward without Google.
I find it INSULTING that my original, unique, copyrighted pages rank under all the scraper and directory sites that use snippets from my content, mention my site, or link to my site. It is insulting that they are all "better" than my original page in Google's opinion. After all, I spent hours researching and writing my pages, these other sites sent out a bot and automatically generated their "content" (for lack of a better word...) So if time spent is a reflection of value on Google's part, credit is going to the WRONG sites!
By allowing this to continue, I'm basically acknowledging that I agree with Google's opinion of my site. And I value my hard work more than that. My code may not be 100% perfect, and there may be minor issues with my site, but I doubt the other sites are perfect, either, and they are using my content to rank above me. Unacceptable.
Google is also not taking care of its core business customers at this point. They are not finding the best pages out there, because very often the best pages are ranked in the hundreds, behind spammy sites with hidden text, cloaked pages, etc. Google is doing a huge disservice to the webmaster community as well as the search community. And by not addressing it, won't make it go away. People know something's not quite right.
So I hope Google stops rolling out new features and focuses its attention on its core business, search. It's pretty messed up right now, for whatever reason(s), and it needs some attention...quickly!
Personally, I think that Google is losing it. Between GMail and their news feature, it appears that they're going the way of MSN and Yahoo. Too bad. My opinion is that people use Google because there is a perception of better results because they specialize as a Search Engine. When they start to look like everyone else, then they will share the market with everyone else.
I'm really surprised they are heading down this road. They were a market leader because of they were different. Why make themselves look like everyone else? Could it be their Egos?
I haven't changed a thing at all, well except for some metatags to be honest. And yes, I notified google engineering team about this strange behaviour (behaviour since mycompanyname is very very unique).
Anyway on the last google update, I noticed mycompanyname.com back to the index again with random ranks on different datacenters. Afterwards, I noticed some subdomains.mycompanyname.com come at top. Then, the old results again. I went mad, and I went bald our of pulling my hair so I decided to ignore the issue until my hair grows out again.
Now my hair grew again, I did a search to find mycompanyname.com ranked #1. Yes I am happy and yes I am satisfied. But if we ignored the two reactions I took regarding the issue, notifying google engineering team and changing the metatags not getting mad and pulling my hair of course, and yes I dont think that these two reactions did anything. Don't you folks think that it's all a matter of google and not a matter of our websites?
Sorry for my bad english/grammer/comprehension as it's 5:30 am now and I really suck when I am in insomnia :)
and yes.. sorry for the long message also :D
I ranked #1 for "domain" for a bout two weeks, now it's #2. There's no such thing as other rankings. Don't even rank for my domain.com This week I will ban Gbot an move the data to another domain. I've had enough
10 PR 6 pages
70 PR 5 pages
300 PR 4 pages
many thousands PR <4 pages
to the holding page usually with just the footer displaying the link with my company name as anchor text.
The company name is unique. Search for it on google - nowhere to be seen. Do an allinanchor and I'm top - so at least they're not completely crazy. Surely this can't be the sandbox. My company holding page is literally just a couple of fancy graphics to give a professional image, im not even advertising the service I offer.
Anyone else seeing something similar?