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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.
I am finding that over the last day or so that the UK results are starting to firm up again. BUT - you HAVE to use quotes around your search phrases to get accurate results. If you don't you'll get the same sort of mush that Google COM is putting out.
Not something you have to worry about at most engines, as most are clever enough to realise that if you type in a string of words that they should return results for the entire phrase first, before results for each single word - which Google USED to be clever enough to do, but now seems to have forgotten how... Oi Vay!
At the moment Google reminds me of an old relative with short term memory loss...
I think that unless Google get this sorted soon they will lose their position - which MSN and Yahoo are just dying to grab form them anyway...
Even now, if I need to do any research for a client I can't use Google anymore, I have to use Wisenut or Yahoo, because Google is just putting out thousands of duplicates, or in some cases completely unrelated rubbish - a lot of which belongs to so called "Black Hat SEO's", and one in particular here in the UK.
I've only ever had one site removed and I think a lot of that had to do with the fact GG was here and posting on the board and on the notes & put my nic & GG name, he then actioned it after I made a further posting on the board saying I'd "JUST" done it, but just sending in requests by themselves seem to have little effect
I think if we wait and hope for the public to move over to Y & MSN we will all be out of business as thats not going to happen over night - for myself I would just like to see a better share of the traffic rather than 100% g or nothing
Gimp, I have myself begun to wonder if having numerous pages with identical sidebars loaded with long columns of identical links is indeed causing a ranking problem, as I have heard it said is the case with Yahoo. But the iframe idea, purely as an SEO tool, must be a no-no. The content of the iframe is a different page. And it's even more of a no-no in terms of sound page construction, for a whole number of reasons.
What your question alludes to, though, is something worth thinking about, and I have begun to make some changes in one or two places on a site where I have a suspicion that Google post-jagger does not like my sidebars, identical on many pages. It is difficult to be sure about cause and effect, but if I notice anything I will let you know.
But do you think this could be an over use of internal links that could trigger a keyword penalty?
The exact opposite - internal links contained not in lists but spaced out within contextually relevant paragraphs - looks like a recipe for a certain amount of success on areas I have been looking at. This might not meet the needs of the user on a large site though.
I haven't made a deep study of this - it's just a hunch based on looking in the areas I'm interested in.
If you consider it nonsense for me to be looking at iframes as a way to solve a problem through page construction, why is is that you are changing your sidebars to avoid filters. Please explain the difference.
I don't necessarily consider it nonsense to do this if it works, but it would be nonsense if it did, because then Google would be rewarding nonsensical page construction.
I hope this clarifies what I was saying. I wasn't suggesting you were talking nonsense. Apologies if that is how it came over.
[edited by: Patrick_Taylor at 2:28 pm (utc) on Nov. 23, 2005]
Despite Google asking us to send in reports they continue to ignore them. I've reported a site thats a blatent copy of another site with some extra content thrown in about 4 times and every update its still there. (and thats putting in jagger, etc... in the report fields.) DMOZ removed it right away, but not G. Maybe they are using the reports to tweak the algo but one would think they'd want this crap outta the index asap... ? Guess not.
And they wonder why spam is a problem? lol
Unfortunately it appears that Google is penalizing sites that use logical construction. Now that may be too early a call because the Jagger mess is not yet settled and we cannot be sure. If it turns out that the penalties are applied against sites that are trapped by their content and layout for excessive internal linking and duplicate content, then one has to do what one has to do.
A travel site with hotel listings for many cities in a country ends up with a lot of standard, duplicate content and links plus, of course, some unique content related to that hotel. It appears that Google does not respect that as legitimate.
Stupidity begets stupidity. So an iframe may be a solution. Are there others?
One person advised me to add random generated text at the bottom of pages stuffed with keywords. Enough would get the duplicate content percentage down. Now that would be nice to see would it not?
I am not in competitive areas like hotels. What I have seen for less competitive topics is that some pages seem to be doing better than they should (based on their low amount of on-topic content, with only scant reference to the search phrase), and they are often pages with minimal navigation to other pages.
I have a site that is getting very little decent ranking for it's interior pages even though it use to before about March of 2005. coinciding with the drop was that is was just about the same time we did a redesign. One of the things we did in the redesign was to place the repetitive navigation links lower on the page, thus moving the pages unique content higher. We had hoped this would actually help our rankings overall.
In trying to straighten this problem out, we have had a few thoughts.
1.) We don't think repetitive internal navigation links can get you penalized. Many of our competitors are not having ill effects from it and in fact appear to be benefiting from them.
2.) It is possible that by moving the navagation links down in the actual code of the page that Google does somehow think they are sitewide footer links even though they are not.
3.) Whatever the cause, we feel as though Google is not allowing us to receive any benefit from internal linking. We have examined our linking sturcture and it seems just fine.
4.) Our competitors who are experiencing great ranking of internal pages do not appear to be getting that benefit from link campaigns targeting deep pages. There main source of links to deep internal pages that rank well are internal.
5.) If we take a page that is targeting a uncompetitive keyword phrase, say less than 100K results and get 4-5 quality links to it from quality sources with varied but targetted anchor text, it doesn't seem to help. We also tried using 4-5 links with the same anchor text and that didn't help either. So whatever the cause/penality for the lack of rankings, it seems to completely devalue links, internal or external.
6.) We explored the possibility of hijacking or duplicate content and have re-examined this several times. There is no evidence that it is the cause of the problem. If we pick a extended phrase or sentence out of page's content and search in Google for that phrase, our page is the only one that comes up.
7.) It is possible that the redesign was so broad that is has caused our internal pages to have to regain trust from Google somehow.
8.) Our homepage ranks well for all the broad industry terms it is designed to target. If I place somewhere on our homepage, a term from one of our interior pages. our homepage will rank very well for that term, even if we don't have any external links which have that term in the anchor text.
We have not been able to figure out the cause, therefore we have no idea what the solution could be, but maybe others experiencing this same problems with internal pages not ranking can draw some conclusions.
If anyone else experiencing the internal page "no joy" problem wants to try comparing apples to apples to see what our sites have in common, so we can help each other solve this problem, sticky me.
Dunno, who cares? The information is interesting.
>Also can you report on visit duration,
Yup, its good.
> repeat visitors,
> bookmarks for your website?
We get around 3.5 million page views a month...... how about your site wise guy?
> This is more aimed towards UK webmasters, are you find > the UK only searches very poor? the .com is bad but
> .co.uk is almost laughable
Agreed, I'm seeing sites which only vaguely mention search words, widely separated and often not in the title, outranking by a mile sites which have the full search phrase in their title and which are highly relevant.
You would think the AND had been taken out of the search and that the title and <h> tags no longer mattered.
My own site which for the last year had a number of top 3 positions for some geographically specific search terms and top 6 for similar but more generic terms has dropped out of the top 200 for most of them and wasn't in the indexes at all from the time J started until a few days ago. Sites I've built and which had credits mentioning my site in the footer are coming up way above it. MSN, Yahoo, and All the Web (an old favourite of mine from way back) all show me very high and often number 1 for these terms. I'm not worried about these results for myself as I wasn't getting useful business from them, but I am worried that G is doing the same for many other searches and while most of my SEO customers haven't been badly affected I have no logical answer to anyone who asks why their perfectly ethical site has disappeared.
G need to get this sorted out or they will lose users. I think I'll go back to ATW for my personal searches.
Maybe you ought to learn that duplicate content is not always spam. If one puts up catalog pages or pages that have a similar format, the duplicate content % is high even though there is a lot of unique content.
So please, if you have something to add, add a solution rather than some "I am holier than though content" . One of the sites with which we are having trouble is a Chamber of Commerce site, and that is not a spam operation. It is an information operation.