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Looks like more Datacenters have been updated to Big Daddy. I am seeing lots of traffic from 22.214.171.124
My new sites are getting tons of traffic from google.com today.
[edited by: tedster at 6:54 am (utc) on Mar. 6, 2006]
I'm guessing that this behavior best matches that of the google sandbox. If so, then it would have been in the sandbox since mid-September -- when traffic fell by 2/3 and remained at very low levels until now.
But because there is something going on, I thought I'd mention it to see if anyone else experienced a major change on March 8th?
I have noticed tho that each day my usual dc switches to a BD dc, the BD results seem slightly different - more a merge of BD and the other data.
Looks like that to me too. About two months ago, I predicted that it would be around mid-summer that my site would become wholly 'fixed' (for want of a better term) on visible DC's, and I'm sticking with that forecast (sadly).
from 2002 to oct 2005 we hosted our ecommerce solution with one company, and from oct 2005 to present we have a new one.
all of a sudden our two main keywords have our old file extensions below the result in google, and, our current home page cannot be found.
is this a Big Daddy thing? or has G lost the plot?
Also what could cause BD problems finding the most relevant page from my site? If I search for "red widgets" it can return a page titled "online widgets" instead of "red widgets". Both pages have similar priority. I haven't had this problem with non-BD datacenters and no improvement has happened in the BD datacenters since last December despite regular googlebot visits. This relevancy problem is causing a 50% drop in traffic because the 'wrong' page doesn't rank as well against the competition.
There is no doubt (well a little) in my mind that BD is ignoring the PR calculated by Big Daddy.
G seems to be finding the destination page in redirects after a long time of absence but not crediting them yet with any ranking value.
Colin - Although you said your PR has been unchanged for ages I think I remember you saying you were PR0 for a month or so around September - November time, this was maybe when Big Daddy was born - so perhaps they are using PR from that time for your site?
A lot of DCs just went Non-Big Daddy again - looks like a fair amount of waxing and waning to go then.
Yes, I saw a major change as well on March 8th. For the first time in a long time, when I did a site:mydomain.com, it showed the homepage indexed first instead of not even visible in the first 1000 results. At the same time, my Google traffic increased back to what it used to be.
Did all those who saw increased traffic on March 8th also see a fix to their site indexing using the site: command?
I've since sold that site and the associated business. The sites I monitor now are just personal projects that I've had since 1999 or so. Have monitored the levels for ages now and they have remained PR5 for a good 24 months or so.
All the Best
p.s. moved out of Norwich now to Swannington
yes same on my side. About 5000 real pages. On BD it went up to 9500 last week. But I canīt figure out if its double counted or old pages included.
When your site reaches a 1000 mark of pages listed in SERPs, BD will register a 9000+ pages for the site. It's not real a 9000+ pages but just over 1000 pages in BD.
My gut instinct is that as sites begin to get their supplemental status dropped, the links to my site will become more valuable again and individual pages will begin to pick up once more.
All the Best
The following BigDaddy DCs
are showing different top 10 sites for my testing keyphrase than these two BigDaddy DCs
From past experience, I'm not sure that all of you would notice difference in ranking of top 10 sites when using your own testing keyphrase. Therefore I'm posting here my own testing keyphrase just to illustrate what I'm taking about: Try this one:
That was my Google Datacenters observation of the day :-)
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[edited by: tedster at 9:09 pm (utc) on Mar. 15, 2006]