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The last one given as the 'closest to the final' (ie, 126.96.36.199) has us back as number 1 and 2. So I get all relieved again, but i know another post will give me a different DC and we'll be back on page 3.
I don't understand the theory etc behind all this. What is happening between them all? how can anyone tell which one is the final? how can you be on page 1 on one set and page 3 on another set? I thought google tested on a few sets and then went live on all the others if the results look ok.
If you're number 1 for blue widgets on 188.8.131.52 but on page 3 for the same term on a different DC, am i right in saying nobody really understands why or where it is all going and i should just wait till its all over? and if so, how does anyone know when its all over?
Sorry for such a long post, but this is driving me crazy...
Ignore anyone who says such and such a DC is the closest to the final unless they are GG or MC for now (IMO :))
Google is moving data between centers - more data is still to be added.
So a little bit more confusion to come ;)
Matt Cutts has done a fair job thus far in providing tidbits on the status of Jagger(X). I would think he'd be excited to post a blog entry about the end of the update cycle. (mattcutts.com/blog
Don't say it three times! If you do, you will be transported to GoogleGuy world, a boundless maelstrom of billions of pages all shouting 'I am the one!' Jeez, I need some sleep.
So we just wait?
That’s it, best thing you can do, avoid the temptation to start changing things. Never change things during an update, then you will never know what caused your fortune or misfortune.
Google is just messing with you; they know the mind of the SEO inclined webmaster is weak, so there scrambling your thoughts, trying to control you. Think about, how much search engine manipulating did you get done today?
Go for a beer, (or three or four) step outside have a smoke, whatever; we’ll all know soon enough.
but i know the next post is going to be a contradiction on what you've posted so i have to wait i suppose....
so, if the results are exactly the same for my search terms on the different DCs that you give except on one set my site is on page one, and the other it's on page 3 (but all the ones below me when i'm on page 1 are exactly the same just all moved up one position) could be just down to a 'technical issue'?
damn... i said i was going to WAIT!
joined:June 13, 2005
This whole backlink thing is no win situation. Then we will see people sleeping with the webmasters ;) of the trustranked sites. Competition is sooo refreshing.
Looks like we've got a near-riot here at WebmasterWorld. Webmasters are starting to gnaw off their mouse cords, early Jagger threads are disappearing, and overdoses on leftover Halloween candy are taking this ADD crowd over the top. Only you can save us from a mental massacre.
[edited by: Hollywood at 9:18 pm (utc) on Nov. 2, 2005]