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A lot of shoppingsites listed in the top again on almost every term for a product worth reselling. A lot of subdomains, which causes 'hobby'-sites to gain high positions because they have the advantage of using the power of the main domain.
Next to that, the language function in Google doesn't seem to filter that good anymore. I get English, Spanish and other languages when searching only inside pages in one country.
I also see a lot of ups and dows in the number of SERPS comparing to the number a week ago. Especially since searching English terms in non-english pages doesn't seem to matter anymore, as Google will show English results.
This is not pure coffee, i'll tell you that.
then when I do a -mysite.com mysite.com search, my site is mentioned on about 2000 pages and some of those are PR4 or 5 but which are not on the original link:mysite.com query I did.
what's going on?
A lot of subdomains, which causes 'hobby'-sites to gain high positions because they have the advantage of using the power of the main domain.
About.com sites appear to be doing quite well, probably because of the subdomain effect.
And for one of the major keyphrases that I monitor, an affiliate page that has nothing to do with the topic (other than its domain name) is still hanging in there at #2 while several top authority sites have disappeared from view.
Overall, for the keyphrases that I monitor, the results seem to be skewed more toward commercial or business pages than they have been in a long time. (E.g., travel agents' tour descriptions that happen to mention the widget ferryboat rather than articles or service pages on the widget ferryboat.)
I should add that, from where I sit, the changes aren't limited to isolated keyphrases. I have an editorially diverse site of about 4,300 pages that gets nearly all of its Google referrals on "inside pages," and Google traffic is down by at least 50% since these changes began on March 23. I'm sure that, in my sector, [name of TV travel guru and guidebook author] and [name of Continent Activity Commission] are wondering what's going on, too.
This change has NOTHING to do with the two serps that were changing back and forth. This is totally different.
I have been seeing the same thing since June 2004 right through Allegra. The thousands of less significant two or three word phrases I've chased (and caught) for years are dropping down, down, down.
But on say, 20% of those phrases I rank same as always. Maybe G no longer wants any one site to rank across the board for 'this widget,' 'that widget,' or 'the other widget.'
I thought I was safe chasing the 'long tail of searches' as it has been described, but now I'm thinking that the farmer's wife has been busy chopping those tails with her carving knife.
I lost 75% of traffic, but not it's starting to come back. Be of good cheer, I've seen this sort of thing before. In my opinion Google likes to "clean house" sometimes and blows away pagerank for a lot of pages (especially pages where they are part of a new URI structure as in my case recently) then re-calculate pagerank anew for those pages.
I've had it happen before too when I made major changes to my site's URI structure--I know I shouldn't do this but now I've settled down for sure, really.
Worst that ever happened to me was two years ago around this time of year. Lost *all* of my site's pages in Google for a month, then they came back.
Today the "no links, no original content" site is flying and the genuine site has dropped significantly!?
I suspect the serps we are seeing are more to do with 'onpage' factors than off. In a few days the links and off page factors will kick back in.
Critter - I think you are right and this weekend is a good time for google to 'clean out'.
I´m facing the same thing since this afternoon my local time (GM +1). Around 16 old supplemental pages and 9 dead links which were removed (and confirmed by Google as removed) as late as few days ago, started showing again when run site:www.mysite.dk (:(
All sites 1 year old and older have reverted back to January's backlink update.
Sites less that 1 year old alternate from being reverted to January's results and February's.
IOW--all backlinks are being reverted to a previous update.
Just resurrection of old backlink datasets
I would have to agree for the sites i am keeping an eye on, i have been seeing these sets of backlinks for at least 2 weeks across the DCs (including new links).
something happened on the 23rd as traffic is up nearly 40% across 3 of our sites (still nowhere near where it was before but it's a start).
EFV - Welcome to the other side ;o)