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Its a DEAD PAGE! It looks like the owner let his registry lapse, so the
registrar presents one of those "under construction" tombstone pages instead.
The dead page/site was never all that good or bad, and never ranked #1 while alive.
It drops dead and (voila!) its on top, #1.
Its good that Google allows site owners time to recover their domains
before deep-sixing sites in the serps, but this has been going on for 2-3 weeks now.
The last thing I want to do is endanger my #2 position.
Is there some safe polite way to suggest that the top slots should be reserved for live pages?
How about an email saying something like:
"Dear Google: Please search for kw1 + kw2. The #1 top result is a dead page .. why is that? "
Maybe I should just pull weeds and leave well enough alone. What do you think? -Larry
My site ranks #2 for an important 2-keyword phrase in G, and this really pleases me.
Naturally I checked out the site in the #1 slot.
site in spot 1 is my own old url where the starting pages of my new site were located before my new site existed
They probably are now experimenting with boosting the original content, trying to filter out the derivatives.
Since it is new we observer some glitches. However in your case they have the excuse because "cool URI never change"
Using IE at work (some network) I see entirely different serps, dead page not showing.
At home using Firefox, the anomaly appears. I've cleared cache etc etc
and its the same thing for weeks now. I suppose that's a separate little mystery. -Larry
NOW, Google shows the Net*** Sol****** tombstone page (under construction) as its cached page,
and returns the original site content when you click on the main link
.. and .. the Title in this first place slot in the serps still says Net*** Sol****** yadda yadda! Amazing.
Now I can see what the original content was. Its not the main page of the original site by a long shot.
Its some bizarre internal page that could never reach
position #1 on its own, no way.
Now I'm curious how such a snafu can happen.
If I had the magic key to that, I could start my own business. -Larry
and just like sep 22 the more content you have ona page the more you open yourself up to a filter (or data shift)...
For instance I have many products displayed on one of my sites. Each product has its own product page with product name in title text and H1. When I search for the product in Google and when my site (eventually) shows in SERPs I may receive a category listing page which just contains the product name in normal text (within an anchor). This is a sure sign that indexes are buggy and imcomplete. There is absolutely no reason to return a category listing page where the visitor has to scroll down to try and locate the product upon landing on the page, compared to a product page which has the exact information the visitor is looking for.
Anyone else seeing this a lot?
another domain keeps going drastically back and forth in the ranking---without ANY changes in links or content.
There is absolutely no reason to return a category listing page where the visitor has to scroll down to try and locate the product upon landing on the page
The reason is probably that Google believe that searches come to the directories about widgets because widget directories provide better search for the widgets than a general search engine. Therefore it makes sense to show first the listing page. May be it is the carefully selected list with the cream of the cream.
As for the pages for the specific types of the widgets, Google probably believe that the searcher prefer to find the page of the original producer, i.e. first hand information.
Even if the producer and the owner of the directory is the same company, for the searcher is probably better first to look at the entry producer page because the producer may have new type of the widgets that the searcher knows nothing about.
Wasn't always like this...
I did spam reports for a while, but I never saw any improvements for over a year so I quited.
Not really. SEs can get away with 10% relevancy because the public's standards are so very low. The majority go away satisfied if they find one result on the first page that answers their query.
It'll take them a while to notice that these days on Google the other 9 are junk... while on Yahoo only 6 are junk.