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Instead I think this particular dance is Google working to get a handle on their new infrastructure and re-establish some data integrity for their index. All kinds of things are going on, sites vanishing, forums vanishing, no cache, old cache, crazy page counts, crawler troubles -- a scan through the last few days of forums topics will tell the tale. But it's not the tale of changing the ranking algorithm, it's the tale of a data integrity struggle.
What I really need to know is which data centre is showing the latest result? or is this the million dollar question that no-one actually can answer?
That is definitely the million dollar question...Where are these SERP's coming from? I don't know if your talking about the 1st set that has been on DC's for about a month or the 2nd set of DC's that are now showing the set of SERP's that have been up for about 2 weeks or the mysterious 3rd set of SERP's that are showing up on Google and it's search partners randomly.
Hopefully by the end of the weekend we will know more about what is going on!
Our site <snip> was ranked #1 with most of our targeted keywords. Now we barely even show up. We are not using any nepharious SEO tricks. What is up?
[edited by: lawman at 10:16 pm (utc) on May 5, 2006]
[edit reason] No Link Drops Please [/edit]
It really does appear to be an old time Google Dance. Yeah ... bring back the Google Dance! Now that was always fun to watch! In less than a week, it was over and so were the incredibly long threads where folks felt it was important to announce that their site was up or down.
Sigh ... the good old days! :)
What's fun for me now is when G does an update some of my sites see some small spurts of golden opportunities when my keywords are for some reason shot to the top of the list... for a short period of time. This is my only time though... but it's great fun when it happens!
If I was in charge of the time machine, I would rewind Google all the way back... actually, I would wind them back until they were actually.. (replaced by) Alta Vista. Those were happy times....for sure