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My search engine rankings for a primary keyword are also down two places. When it reverts to the actual title, later in the day, I go up one position from last month.
Is this some kind of a Google dance gone haywire, the "Dmoz Two-Step"?! :/
What I have been seeing for a while is that either your page title OR the dmoz title may be used -- it seems to depend on the specific search query.
That's what I'd noticed until yesterday when I took a new look at DCs. Then I found with the exact same search some DCs were giving the dmoz titles and other were giving my page titles. Morever the two groups of DCs were each serving up different search results.
I think something is starting to happen. But I have no idea which set of DCs will be the final results. And maybe it was just a passing thing. I haven't had time to look at DCs today.
The DCs showing dmoz titles seemed to be showing my meta desc though.
Hmmm ... more like dark brown stuff at a fan really than a spanner.
It almost makes sense if you read through other posts that discuss supplimental issues showing up again, and other things that were discussed within the past couple of months that seem to have went away, but now have come back?
DMOZ is hopelessly corrupt and overloaded.
I regard it as inconsistent and hypocritical of Google to continue using it in the light of its otherwise consistent policy of doing everything "programmatically" so as to be fair.
DMOZ is not fair. It's based on human whims. I know of at least two SEO specialists who are also DMOZ editors in their spheres.
Of course it's crazy to use the ODP listings. Not only are they years out of date, but in the case of proper names they are reversed. So that, if George Bush was listed as a dentist with a really cool title for his index page, he would appear in the listings as "Bush, George".
I don't get it at all.