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The following two have a bit more spam with less up-to-date Web sites.
Nevertheless, Google needs to bring more up-to-date sites to SERPS and apply heaviers spam filters. MSN gives much better results than the above datacenters.
My business is strictly real estate (I build Web sites for official RE/MAX offices).
Personally, I have been seeing the same depressing results every time I search since I found out about this yesterday so it just looks like it may be over for me. Is anyone seeing continuing MAJOR fluctuations?
Every once in awhile, on google.com I do see my old results and get a second of relief. But then it goes back to the results where I vanished. If you go to aol.com and netscape.com and you refresh plenty of times, you will see 2 different sets of results still..the results where you used to rank, and the results where you vanished (or for some of you, do better). Its weird but I somehow think its over for me as well at least for the summer, or next update. At least I still get referalls from MSN and Yahoo. Just a little less than half as much.
- updated daily with content articles and news
- 4 years old domain
- 18.000 pages
- 12.000 incoming links (even from Google Answers)
- domain name with unusual words (let's say wecandoitrightjustnow.com)
- some listings in DMOZ for different topics
Today I lost off 95% of my visitors from Google and my domain name is #174 in the search results after a bunch of PR0 pages.
The following datacenters seem ok to me.
Those look more like what I'm used to - for one phrase, our site is back where it usually is at #1, with some shake-up in the results. Another phrase is also showing up... Hmm, seems to be toggling back and forth between two sets of results.
I'm hopeful that this trend will continue. The SERPS I'm seeing now are definitely a different set compared to pre-update, so I think we're seeing more switches/knobs being adjusted.
Chopin: cache date May 21
You situation sounds almost identical to mine (as stated above). The site I was talking about is almost 4 years old.
Google traffic didn't come back until mid-April (vs. mid-March for you). Otherwise, everything else is the same.
And now that I'm seeing today's google traffic, I'd say that it's off more like 80-85%.
A sandboxed site that I didn't think could go any lower... but it did - now showing at 240+ for its own name. If you've heard me complain about this before, my given name, which is uncommon, used to show at around #110 before this update. It is now showing around #440. Only about the three sites actually have my complete name on it. In the number three position is one of those scraper sites that ripped off an article of mine...
[edited by: BillyS at 5:36 pm (utc) on May 22, 2005]
My situation is the same. After being on top for over 4 years I lost over 75% in mid March, then got back to 50%. Then Lost almost everything at the beginning of this latest update
...but now am returning to "Post March Normal" in see-saw'ing fashion: Now you see it and now you don't, then now you see it again. etc, etc.
My last cached date is May 21 for homepage.
I agree with some others here. This ain't over by a long shot.
I have ranked well in Google for years with very sensible white hat SEO.
Now my site is completely off the index. Some datacenters show my site ranking well as it did before but the important one - Google.com - i am gone.
The sites now showing above me have less backlinks and pagerank, so now i wonder why i bothered trying to promte my site.
I really hope Google doesnt stick with what is showing currently, it seems a big step backwards for them as the results seem much more less relevant than they previously did in my opinion.
In a search on my unique two-word name, there isn't one page from my European travel site in the first 10 SERPs. (But there is an obsolete URL for a page at my previous travel site that must date back to 2001. It's an About.com page; Google seems to have a lot of trouble cleaning out obsolete About.com URLs.)
Rule number one trust but verify.
Rule number two don't assume.
Rule number three apply a liberal dose of humor even when things really inhale with pursed lips.
Rule four always take a break from the computer.
Rule five don't listen to woodland critters that post on web forums, it is a dead givaway that something is very wrong or you have completely gone bonkers (your call ;) ).
I am invoking rule number 4 at this time :) .
Good luck folks.
In a search on my unique two-word name, there isn't one page from my European travel site in the first 10 SERPs. (But there is an obsolete URL for a page at my previous travel site that must date back to 2001. It's an About.com page; Google seems to have a lot of trouble cleaning out obsolete About.com URLs.)And therin lies your problem. For me, your www is showing up as a supplemental result at #32 with results set to 100. The redirect is not working within Google.
"May 20, 2005 - Cached"
however when i click the "cached link" it says
"as retrieved on May 21, 2005 02:16:21 GMT"
(to those who have this same problem)is it possible we are sandboxed again... or is this a penalty?
[edited by: monsterisp at 6:48 pm (utc) on May 22, 2005]