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It seems that what we thought to be testing serps on the test DC [22.214.171.124...] have suddenly today started showing on "defaults" googles, as google.de, google.co.uk and google.com etc...
While the test DC isn't showing anymore the new serps.
I'm starting this thread to post our remarks concerning the new serps.
The test DC no doubt has made progress in identifying the Canonical Homepage.
But as has been said - when will the rank return for these pages - or are these sites now as good as dead.
Are we supposed to be patiently waiting still - GG?
About raking I think that will happen when the update starts, not just because they have fixed there bug.
I dont think we will come in a sandbox, because the links to us has been there for years.
I just found out something that KILLS me:
- One of the major cheaters (doorway pages on most of their clients sites) that was found guilty a few weeks ago by Google is back with full PR on toolbar!
Given that this SEO company is located in Europe (france) and has big PPC accounts througout the continent, it seems like Google plays double standards.
So an SEO company with overall probably more than 1500 doorway pages intalled throughout 100's of site + hidden keywords and all the rest can sleep away?!
Apparently yes and this is working for years in europe...now working in US.
That is disapointing. Really. I won't submit any spam report anymore if only small guys get hurt.
(Ok I'm in a bad mood today too...but still)
One thing that has been solid is directory PR. Since the update it shows steady and updated PR. I expect this PR to be the one that becomes toolbar PR eventually.
For example, a notorious spam site in my sector is coming and going from the index at the moment but it's directory PR is rooted at 0. Give it time and this site and others will dissapear as their PR is taken from them.
if someone is "felling lucky" on killing supplementals ... is better/faster to use 301 directed to the true url or 404 when you have thousands of dupe supplementals?
I'm currently at 520 and nearly 100 of those are "old" supplemental problems(with fixes in for nearly 100% of these such as 301s and 410s). With only 420 pages on a site that has 1,010 this tells me we'er still in for some changes.
Maybe all possible results are showing on the test DC, so that they can get a better idea of how tweaking filters etc. will affect the SERP's.
On this basis, and if its the case, the test DC is as it says, a TEST DC, with no real meaning at present.
As it looks into canonical and other issues it will continually improve, revert, improve etc, IF it is just in test mode, until such a time as the results are considered satisfactory in the eyes of the technicians.
All theoretical, like so much in the forums, but food for thought. :-))
Right now, a search for "site:mysite.com" in that DC returns only the main page, half an hour ago it returned 17000 pages...
Maybe Google will remain this way from now on... it's a good way to get rid of SEO, as the SERPS are continuosly changing, there is no way to know if any change in your site is good for positioning or not.
Ok, I was just kidding, but since Jagger Google has been very inconsistent, and there are no signs of change.
This IP for your default IP may be your default right now, but I am in Spain also, and my default changes all the time.
Right now its **.9.104 but 5 minutes ago it was different!
However, the results I am getting for the keywords/phrases I check are the same regardless of DC. It'll be interesting to see what they are like when I am in the UK later this month :-)
Google.co.uk has been constantly alternating between 126.96.36.199 - Test Data Centre and 188.8.131.52 Jagger+ Data Centre.
If a search returns the Jagger datacentre you can refresh the page a few times to get the test data centre.
In my opinion the Test Data Centre index/results are far better, cleaner and with less canonical errors that the post Jagger index.
If you listening Google - go with this index it a major improvement.
My site is creeping up for pretty much all phrases I can think of relating to my niche... first page rankings for hundreds of phrases that bring traffic.
I'm sure it will all come crumbling down in the last few hours of the update however when they apply the same penalties that put me in the poor house in late September.
Google, if you can hear me - I'm about fed up with Top Ramen, how about some steak for awhile?