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One thing. I'm not changing a thing on my site. I've had lots of scraper sites linking to me recently, but I've always kept the site squeaky clean, followed Brett's steps and follwed G's TOS. Still rank as always on all the other engines.
Having said that we did have a dumb robots.txt go live a couple of weeks ago on one of those sites... so that might be an issue while PR and internal anchor get revaluated.
Also, have seen a shuffle in number of results returned over a couple of datacenters.
Something has definately been devalued in the last couple of days.
>>This is an definately update as far as I can see. I am surprised there are so few posts here on the subject.<<
What? what do you mean by few? ;-)
We have been posting about the update (Update Brett) since 21st September! Take a look
Yesterday these dropped down 200+ places.
The only comfort we can gain from this at the moment is that we are not alone!
Lets hope its just phase 1 of an update (possable 2 following the noupdate/update of last week) and its picking on the big sites reindexing/page ranking thier pages ready to dump in again sometime soon!
What I am taking about is much more widespread and started about 48hours ago.
On thursday you wrote
"Update Brett is still young and we mightbe looking at ONLY part one of the famous 3.5"
Perhaps someone can clarify for me
Are we seeing an update?
If there is an unpdate then why no discussion thread here?
I like your glass half full point of view :-)
>>Are we seeing an update?
I think so in some sectors, the site I noticed it on dropped in rankings yesterday.
Yes, I remember looking at those DC's when you posted and all looked normal to me around midweek.
So perhaps they do it by keyword/sector now to make less waves with the update?
Is this what people have reffered to a rolling update?
I saw some other people posting about "european travel" sites being hit.
what is your area reseller?
I saw some competors disappear, but now poof, I've lost as many as 700 spots for some terms, always with the commonality that they have been apparently overwhelmed by a rush of dozens of scraped copies that are listed as Supplemental.
It appears Google has removed the cache from millions of supplemental listings, which has caused havoc with their already polluted index.
This isn't deliberate behavior. It's yet another mega screwup from the 80 billion dollar company.
This is complete bull#*$!. I found several other foreign sites copying my content and using it to push viagra and other pills.
What do I have to do, put my text up as an image?
IF google can't figure out the difference of who is original and who is BS (free hosting websites) - then they are paying way too much for their engineers. My domain doesn't expire for 5 years, and they think I am the spammer over junk sites and free hosting websites?
I hope MSN does buy AOL and slaps the crap out of Google. It's ironic that I stopped using Google about 3 weeks ago when I got tired of not being able to find what I was looking for.
Incidentally there must be an update going on since the traffic on some of my sites suddenly halved, and we are talking about 5000 or so google sent visitors a day, and one site that was getting 20 per day for a year got 2500 yesterday? Extremely strange.
I'm not suggesting that free hosting sites/pages get dropped or punished.
Google Engineers: Over rated, over paid, and under worked.
Their egos are writing checks their skills can't cash.
Yeah. We've seen an upward movement on a new site (jeez I only did one new site in the last 5 months?) that was lying dormant and we've just started building the content about 3 or 4 months ago.
But the downward movement in serps is weird, very weird.
Hopefully it will sort itself out by Monday -- biggest day of the week.
SteveB: What you described is called a "disturbance in the force" at Casa Shri and calls for a night out at the pub. :)
For me this is really definitive: I lost all rankings in Google with my most important site.
It is really weird this time. Very, very weird.