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The main keyphrase rankings for my site and the other guy's have been remarkable stable through countless Google updates, including Florida and Allegra, so the dramatic changes come as quite a surprise (and one that will be short-lived, I hope!).
Side note: Two of my better inbound links were PR6 links from a major financial magazine's awards pages. Oddly enough, the Google toolbar for one of those pages is now white, and the other's is grey. I wonder what's up with that?
Results are odd and SERPS are jumping around nervously. Maybe there's something ahead. Maybe it is just the flux and we need to arrange ourselves with that.
For the first time in ages, I see a major shake up in my little corner of the web.
Mister #1, after holding this position for at least 5 years, has tumbled to #4.
All the other sites on page 1 of the SERP are topsy-turvy, including some newcomers.
Who's #1? Me. Which is good, because my site is without a doubt the most relevent, highest quality and largest "free spinning widget plans" site on the web.
I think I'm going to like this update.
The two backlink sets that I am seeing are from the last two previous updates unless I am not looking at a datacenter that has a third fresh backlink update. I really can not tell what Google is doing but maybe it is realated to Geo targeting and some sort of 302 redirect patching.
Another thing happen last week with my main competitor for our major 2 keyword phrase, they disappeared for one day and came back the next with not only home page returning but also a duplicate internal page as an indented page underneath the home page in the SERPS. They were using some sort of inernal redirecting when you would access the TLD you would be redirected to a subpage which targeted the main keyword phrase. It is like Google switched off the duplicate page filter for internal 302. So now they have the #1 and #2 spot with two URL's but duplicate pages-:)
Number of results for a google search for site:wikipedia.org
across all known (by me) datacenters
Sample taken on 24 Mar 05 at 12:10 UTC by BReflection
220.127.116.11 : 4,590,000
18.104.22.168 : 2,760,000
22.214.171.124 : 4,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 2,760,000
188.8.131.52 : 6,500,000
184.108.40.206 : 6,500,000
220.127.116.11 : 6,500,000
18.104.22.168 : 4,590,000
22.214.171.124 : 4,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 4,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 4,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 4,590,000
220.127.116.11 : 4,590,000
18.104.22.168 : 7,350,000
22.214.171.124 : 7,350,000
126.96.36.199 : 4,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 4,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 4,170,000
220.127.116.11 : 4,170,000
18.104.22.168 : 5,590,000
22.214.171.124 : 5,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 5,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 5,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 5,040,000
220.127.116.11 : 7,350,000
18.104.22.168 : 4,590,000
22.214.171.124 : 4,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 4,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 4,590,000
184.108.40.206 : 5,590,000
220.127.116.11 : 5,590,000
18.104.22.168 : 5,590,000
22.214.171.124 : 5,590,000
126.96.36.199 : 5,590,000
188.8.131.52 : 5,040,000
184.108.40.206 : 5,040,000
220.127.116.11 : 2,740,000
What I really don't like is the new #1 has a front page that has two links. 1 to a link section with related sites and another to an affiliate program. Absolutely ZERO content at all.
I REALLY hope this update changes back quickly.
Yesterday, one site that hasn't ranked in G for the past 6 months appears to be ranking in the top 3 for 10+ terms. Just hope those results come back.
Notwithstanding this, Google provides 12 X traffic of Yahoo and x 20 MSN!
My Google-to-Yahoo ratio was about 11:1 until yesterday, when it dropped to about 7.5:1.
As others have observed, the authority knob seems to have been turned down (or the switch shut off), at least for now. The Widgetean Keyword Commission is #1 for "widgetean keyword" (as one would expect) but has fallen from a consistent ranking in the top 3 to #116 for "keyword widget."