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My website has plenty of outbound links, but they are on relevant pages. The problem my site has always had, was a lack of "inbound links." I got tired of searching for people to link to me (with all the spammy sites around) and gave up. So my pages have acquired some links naturally I guess(and I'll bet I still don't have more than 30 inbound links for the whole site) Still have a PR4, which I've had since it disappeared in Nov.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 8:54 pm (utc) on May 27, 2005]
So - it is a fair amount (not all) supplementals that have gone - dont know if this is because G has database problems/glitch (sp?) or if they are to be removed - or if it is only temp.
joined:Jan 12, 2004
Seeing something happening on 188.8.131.52
Looks like a lot more supplementals have been dropped. - Sometimes dancing in and out on other dcs.
Hmmm. Keep on dancing. (This is the dc that I saw for 2 seconds a couple of nights ago I think too)
[edited by: Clint at 6:47 pm (utc) on May 29, 2005]
joined:Jan 12, 2004
I think I'll just take a bottle of Valium and go to "sleep".
Is it conceivable and consistent with others findings that G lost a bunch of the full-page text data (or at least is broken and lost the ability to search on it) and is only searching on Title and anchor content at this point with the later taking precedence? Just a wild conjecture...
Think about it, test it out and let me know what you all think.
For many of my SERPs, the results are all pages without relevant keywords in the title, filename, or meta tags.
To me, it is as Google is *only* looking at body text.
If Google were looking at title and anchor text, I would be #1. I dominate my competition on allinanchor: searches.
We noticed that a few days ago for some of our keyword combinations. So we have uploaded a few "test" changes to lower ranking pages to see any effect.
Have to wait and see...
1. Doesn't have the keyword phrase in the page title.
2. Doesn't have the keyword phrase in the page filename.
3. Doesn't have the keyword phrase in the page text.
4. Doesn't contain one of the three words in the keyword phrase at all - anywhere.
5. Has 0 backlinks.
6. Is in Chinese.
Sure Google... sure this is more "relevant" than a page which is all about that keyword phrase.
These Serps in 184.108.40.206 are a lot cleaner, big, big improvement.
Massive improvement over what we currently have, they return relevent results for a start, with less doorways, redirects and less poor quality directory sites. Results with some site content taken into account in relation to the search term.
Looks like all the balls are still up in the air?
I was wondering when somebody would figure this out. Seems to me that after ten days, this is what google wants and it's what we've got.
Now the mods here keep wiping out my posts when I say things like this, but here goes...
If you've been negatively affected by this update, you need to find other ways to generate traffic. (and yes, Brett, that is a relevant statement, not off topic.)
Good luck. Happy Memorial Day - we can all remember what it was like two weeks ago.
I have a set of search results that would make everyone really sick but I'd both be breaking a promise and the no specifics policy of this site.
It involves a set of indented search results that has the same page displayed in its two forms one over the other:
I was doing a search using a text string taken from WWW.Result1.com/page.html
The first result said showing 1 of 4 yada
So I clicked the display ommitted results and was dumbfounded.
I then looked at the html making up the result page and the hrefs were the same for the two WWW.Result1.com pages and likewise for the Results1.com pages.
Talk about a duplicate content problem :( .
This is all I can say since I promised the affected party I wouldn't disclose the domain.
Wahoo! We moved up a whole 5 positions from 85 to 80 and from 95 to 94 on that IP. At that rate our site will be back where it was in about 6 months. Of course by then 11 people will be out of work, but since the US government hasn't stepped in yet over G ruining the economy I guess it doesn't matter.
BTW, I noticed the Google "Dissatisfied? Help us improve" link is either diabled or so bogged down with clickers that it doesn't even respond. Tell ya' something?
[edited by: MikeNoLastName at 11:02 pm (utc) on May 29, 2005]
Answer to earlier question. We see the results in UK filtered a little more as we tend to search on uk results only so it removes usa sites from the search.
However, if we are interested in global search then i believe the results are exactly the same.
Currently, it doesnt matter anyway because unless the SERPs change we still get the same cr@p. These results currently are the worst ever.
The new improved results at data centre 220.127.116.11 at least give hope that Google can recover but as yet i see no change anywhere else.
Share your frustration over googles results. All i would say is that "IT Looks Like" the update is still ongoing.
Certainly its plain to see that the current results are dire. Google must be able to see this? So anything i guess can still happen.
I can't prove it, or even figure out how to really explain it, without listing specifics.
I have this group of ten pages. Each of them is optimized for two sets of keywords.
Until Bourbon, all of these pages ranked well for both sets of keywords.
After Bourbon, all of these pages continues to rank well for the first set of keywords, but completely fell out of the SERPS for the second set of keywords.
The format of the titles, h1 text, and anchor text for these pages is:
KEYWORD1 (Keyword2a Keyword2b Keyword2b)
These are acronyms.
My 10 pages still rate for KEYWORD1, but not for "Keyword2a Keyword2b, Keyword2c".
Keyword positioning doesn't seem to be the answer, because I have one page that looks like this:
KEYWORD1 (KEYWORD2) KEYWORD3 (KEYWORD4)
And, on this page, KEYWORD3 has not been hammered by Bourbon.
Unfortunately, one is a pretty small sample size.
It could be an issue as simple as Bourbon failing to handle parentheses correctly.
That would explain this small set of cases, but would not explain 1% of the damage which Bourbon hath wrought.
I just implemented a test for this change. Now I must wait for Google to read my pages and implement the changes in the database.
However, this could also point to a change in the way that Google handles multi-word searches.
That would be much more difficult to evaluate...
I do have a few external links to similar subject sites in the footer of each page (usually much less than number of internal links though). Maybe that is why.
My favorite messed-up SERP result is still there in the top 20 for many phrases such as "free widget" -- only thing is it has been almost 4 years that the site ceased to have anything to do with anything related to "free" or "widget". It has been totally different subject for years, and there are no phrases remotely related to "free widget" on the site. I think a scraper would be a better result.
Remember tomorrow is a holiday - there's nothing you can do but get high blood pressure from this.
Go spend some time with your family - visit some old friends, etc.
This crap will be here when you get back.
What makes this board great is that it's full of highly motivated people that can 'run through walls', but remember the old saying:
"God, grant me the wisdom to change the things I can,
Accept the things I can't,
and the wisdom to know the difference."
Don't forget what's REALLY important in life...
The changes this few days in the algo doesn't look good.
Looking at the number of crap referrers in my log file, I believe the scrappers are having a field day yesterday.
I'm seeing the same thing on my logs. Scrappers traffic galore.
Google's (new) engineers have turned this search engine into a scrapper buddy. A good example of the very sad direction they are taking the entire web nowadays.
What a freaking sad mess GOOGLE is turning to be. From the smartest search engine on earth to the dumbest hit and miss indexing erratic bug i have ever seen.
Thier mission statement of “organizing the information on the web” looks like a worn piece of toilet paper after this latest update(s). Seems like they need to first orgenize the process of decission making at the plex. It feels like mess it looks like a mess....it must be a mess.
[edited by: max_mm at 4:41 am (utc) on May 30, 2005]
Perhaps a new thread entitled, "how the US gov should take over Google as a mismanaged, monopolistic utility and threat to the world's economic well-being which needs to be supervised and regulated."
"oil for rankings" anyone? :)
BTW, first reports are in on our latest experiments... One page which had dropped 80 places... I took off all the external links and Adsense on it a couple days ago as reported on this thread. It was respidered yesterday and today is up 8 positions to 77! I am now restoring the old page to see if it drops back.
I'm trying to figure out what is different about the two sites. I do much more internal linking on the larger site that is still doing well. That is the only thing I can think of.
Is there a thread yet for analyzing update Bourbon?
I have a smaller site, related in topic to my big site but less formal. The larger site is doing as well as ever if not a bit better with Bourbon. The smaller site has dropped (all its pages are not doing as well as before in the serps).
I'm trying to figure out what is different about the two sites.
Give it more time. The second site will also disappear the minute you gain enough redirects and incoming scrapper links. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.