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Jagger is winding down and life must go on. If Jagger has been kind to your site, Congrats. But for the rest of fellow members who lost rankings or their sites dropped of the index, its time to do some thinking and decide on what to improve or change on your affected websites. Still ethical measures are what interest me most.
Some food for the thought.
After my site was hit by Allegra (2-3 Feb 2005) and lost 75% of my Google's referrals and hit for second time on 22nd July 2005 ending up with only 5-10% of pre-Allegra Google's referrals.
My site is now back to the level of around 50% of pre-Allegra Google's referrals and growing... until further. I say "until further" because who knows what the next update or "everflux" do to my site!
Before my site returned back around 19-22 Sept 2005 (very slow at the begining), I went through my site several times for months and did the followings:
- removed duplicate pages. In my case it was several testing pages (even back to 1997) which I just forgot on the server.
- removed one or two 100% frame pages.
- removed some pre-sell affiliate program pages with content provided entirely by affiliate program vendors.
- removed few (affiliate referrals) outbound links which was on the menu bar of all pages (maybe we are talking about sitewide linking).
- on resource pages, I reduced the outbound links to be less than 100 .
- made a 301 redirect non-www to www (thanks to my good Norwich friend Dayo-UK).
- finally filed a reinclusion request in accordance with the guidelines posted on Matt's blog (thanks Mr. Inigo).
Would you be kind to tell us how Jagger Update affected your site, and what do you intend to do about it.
At the beginning of this year, that search returned 20 or 30 miilion results none of which were from dmoz.org itself. The URLs were all 302 redirect hijackings.
It was like this for many months.
Less than 24 hours after that example was quoted in one of the "Google 302 redirect hijack" threads here at WebmasterWorld, the search magically returned zero results (as did several other related searches). Can you say "hand edited result"?
Other sites with exactly the same problem were not fixed at that time, and remain unfixed right now, many more than 6 months later - even on the test DC that you are all talking about.
Would you if you found that your site (and nobody else's) could compete in the Serps because one competitors spam was so effective the 8 out of 10 results (half of them irrelevent) on one page all redirected to the same site?
This is the reason I've given up trying to compete on MSN - they don't seem interested in spam reports at all.
Also from reading matt's post it seems we can see the results of "Big Daddy" to be live right after newyear, That looks like good news for many sites which lost their rankings in jagger.
G1SMD I agree with your frustration but when you are dealing with an index of more than 15 billion pages you need to be careful what ever changes you make, I feel google is moving in the right direction, the new test DC is a major improvement over all previous datas when it comes to 301s and Canonicals.
So why dont you see the same problem with yahoo and MSN? Simple fact yahoo still has more trouble with redirects than google,
Is it just because google handles more than 80% traffic?
Very nice encouraging update from Matt "Inigo" Cutts. Thanks Matt. Much appreciated.
And it seems we are approaching the point which many webmasters have been waiting for. Especially those kind fellow emembers who lost much of their revenues because of the canonicals and redirect issues.
Lets wish our friends at the plex a Merry X-Mas and all the luck they need to resolve the said issues.
>>it seems that jagger thing is over streched by all of us in all the forums, isnt it the right time to close all jagger related threads? <<
Jagger update is over, and I can't see any thread discussing the progress of Jagger for obvious reasons.
At present we talk mostly about post-Jagger and/or the consequeces of Jagger update in addition to the test DC which is very relevant at present, as pr Matt Cutts for example.
Fact is that many of our kind fellow members have been affected by Jagger update and either seeking solutions or looking for the test DC to bring them good news.
I'm sure if your own site and business were affected by Jagger, you wouldn't ask to close the current threads ;-)
I do agree that some of the odd site: results I've seen are gone on the DC (from time to time), but the SERPs accross all DCs seem to be pretty consistent.
Is anyone making a big leap in SERPs on this DC?
Yes - where pages are now being returned for a search term which accurately reflects their content, we have for example shot up from 140 to 4. Before that, G didn't seem certain which terms were on which page and was throwing up vaguely similar pages rather than the actual page, with a natural fall in the rankings as a consequence.
On another search the number went from 67,000,000, wich is nuts in its own right, to 164,000,000... with only minor shyffling on the first 2 pages... lol. Geeze, I wonder just how relevant that 164,000,000th listing is?
At least on my searches I'm doing ok.
But this is pretty early to be taking that DC seriously.
[At this rate rate, this post Jagger thread is going to merge right into the next update thread. :) ]
Matt has just posted something interesting on his blog
Sitemaps with www vs. non-www
And Google support has something too.
If your site is appearing as two different listings in our search results, we suggest consolidating these listings so we can more accurately determine your site's PageRank. The easiest way to do so is to redirect your http URL to your www URL using a 301 redirect. This should resolve the situation after our crawler discovers the change. For more information about 301 HTTP redirects, please see [ietf.org...]
Please note: using a robots.txt file and our automatic URL removal system to remove just the http or www version of your site will not work. This will remove both versions for 180 days, and we cannot manually add your site back to our index.
If this were any other industry, showing such huge numbers of ruthless and creative competition, prepared to 'mug a nun' to get ahead ... we would have accepted it was saturated and found another industry to work in.
I declare the internet FULL!
Do you suggest that affliate site contents should be repalced with websites own content?
I have four websites dealing in different areas two in phone cards, one in debt consolidation and other in mortgage. But all these are an affiliate program site the content of which is derived from affiliate site. Now all these sites has about 300 to 1000 pages, do do you suggest to take out all the contents and develop my own contents? with simply link to affiliate site for buying process? Please advice.
Two days left for you to buy those lovely X-Mas for yours. And don't forget the gifts for your dog, cat etc.. they should have someting for X-Mas too, you know :-)
That test DC is showing more relevant search results within the sectors I watch. Maybe its just an incident ;-)
How about your sector(s)? what do you see?
Has anyone here noticed that sites with dynamically generated pages now seem to be ranking higher?
I've been #1 for a three word term for the last few years, with a two month holiday while Google got over Florida. I now have 2 pages listed for this term with the site's home page at #2 and a page on the subject of the three word term as a suplemental at #3.
OK this is just a sample of one but it shows some interesting features.
The page which has gone in at #1 is the home page of a site which has all the rest of its URLs like this www.competitor.com/index.cfm?bob=bill&id=1&pagetype=page
When I search link:siteurl there are only seven linking pages listed and these are not on topics close to the search term.
The page has the term in its title, keywords, description, twice in strong tags and once in comments like this.
<!-- search term other terms -->
It does not appear in <h> tags.
The only outlink from the page is to the site designer which is an SEO orientated company.
I can't figure why the page is ranking at all never mind above my own pages.
>>The only outlink from the page is to the site designer which is an SEO orientated company.<<
You may wish to be careful on that one.
"You should never have to link to an SEO.
Avoid SEOs that talk about the power of "free-for-all" links, link popularity schemes, or submitting your site to thousands of search engines. These are typically useless exercises that don't affect your ranking in the results of the major search engines -- at least, not in a way you would likely consider to be positive."