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Have been waiting for google's pending update but didn't get any on that. From last two days I have noticed extreme changes in search results for same google domain (like .com or .de or .nl etc.) with different interface language selected (like hl=de or hl=en or hl=nl). When you change the interface language the whole bunch of results are different.
Is this the actual update this time? Enabling the geo centric data which google wanted to implement for better localization? If yes (and if someone else is also seeing this change) then may be we can all identify the parameters of this new change, like language, servers in geographical locations or extensions (.de, .nl etc.)
Listen Google - I will say this only another 90 times. The canonical url for my site is the homepage with the www - I have done the 301 - this is the page with the most backlinks - it is the page that should rank for the company name search. Etc.
and where is Googlebot for these sites with Canonical url problems?
Let me try :-)
There are three kinds of updates PR-update, Backlinks-update and algorithm-update. PR-upd and Bk-upd are purely data updates and PR-upd still has some value (although it is going down at a high rate) and Bk-upd is totally useless, it is just to please/confuse seo guys.
The main update is algo-upd [popularly known as Google Update or just update], this is not DATA update but CODE update. Here the ranking rules are twicked and modified, it is typically done every three months and it takes anything from one week to four weeks to implement accross the data centers.
The changes which people keep talking about are changes in SERPs which are not directly related to an update, although when an update happens SERPs also change. SERPs change due to a lot of factors and this is an ongoing, never ending process; Googlebot getting more pages/links and the inbuilt 'randomness' of google to keep it 'not simple' are the main two reasons for it.
People who keep cursing google should understand that it is not childs play, it is serious business and at the moment no other search engine is even 20% of google. I totally understand the agony of being on top page and then suddenly thrown out of it, but that doesn't mean it is doing anything 'bad'. Only 10 pages can be on top for a phrase, and tens of thousands are not. Therefore the ratio of people happy/not-happy is pretty skewed. And also the ratio of people who-were-happy/now-are-not-happy will also increase by time.
As a public company Google will also be investigated by the FTC and the congress.
The internet is a free market system and Google has restricted participation by favoring
certain types of web sites and shunting others to their graveyard.
A huge number of honest webmasters and the general public are being shafted by Google's restrictive trade practices.
All the webmasters who have been knowingly shafted by Google since November 2003 would fill up several Superdomes.
Some will write that we need to be grateful for any traffic Google sends us.
LOL - Yeah, I'm also grateful to the gasoline companies for making gasoline available for my hog regardless of the cost.
But "grateful" does not negate my position that they have unfair trade practices.
Google nor any other search engine owes me jack, however they do need to be intellectually honest in their business
dealings and cut the gaming crap with their algorithmns.
Just my 2c worth
OK - this is not a data update that is being seen but a code update IMO ;).
The 216.239.59.* and 66.102.7.** both show the updated code :) - However for me the 66.102.7.** has canonical url problems for my site which I thought G has sorted (G had sorted canonical url probs for that site only - small site not my main site - so my countdown continues ;))
For other suffering do the test which I try to see if this may have happended to your site.
Eg - site:www.domain.com www.domain.com (Homepage should be first) and "www.domain.com" as a phrase (Homepage should be first)
In 216.239.59.* the site is first for that search and rankings look pretty good - in 66.102.7.** I am not first and rankings = worse.
To me the 66.102.7.* look crap too.
However, the results first seen on 216.239.59.*
66.102.11.* and 64.233.167.* look like they are spreading.
Hmmmmz - GG time to name this baby? I think Bret said it was your turn to name an update!
BUT interestingly and coming back to the intial topic of this post, when I see new results there is invariably the word "English" in grey to the bottom right of the Google logo.
(This doesn't appear on google.com or google.co.uk)
It does look like it is huge.
But JuniorOptimizer you want the 66.102.7.* but to me they dont look like they include new data.
Perhaps it is too early to tell.
But other dcs seem more advanced in some aspects than others - perhaps when all combined we can start judging.
(Google - please let this be the fix for Canonical urls :) :) )
Perhaps it is the sign of improvements though, and the fix for my site needs to spread to the other dcs and the fix for your site needs to spread to mine - I hope so.
Although I need a good crawl before I can really tell
When did your sites go AWOL?
I have one browser page open to wood burning stoves and another opened on Bahamas resorts... "
This is completely true for me also, even the area code. The only difference is I'll probably go to Jamaica because the Bahamas are a little chilly in December :)