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I have been away for a week (just a quick look in, a couple of times during the week, even though I was supposed to be on "holiday") and while I was away Google got rid of the results that I previously referred to as BigDaddy A and B leaving only the experimental results, and the cleaned up version (with the oldest supplementals deleted) left behind, and the "cleaned up" version is the one that is on the vast majority of the datacentres now.
The "same snippet for every page" problem has also been fixed.
Sites that installed a 301 redirect before 2005 June no longer show the redirected URL in the SERPs.
Pages that went 404, and sites that went domain expired, before 2005 June no longer show up in the search results.
New Supplemental Results have appeared for any pages that have changed their status or their content at any time since 2005 June. For pages that are gone, the Supplemental Result has a cache of the final version that was online. For pages that have been updated, the Supplemental Result shows the previous content in the snippet, and the normal result shows current content in the snippet. In both cases the cache is usually only a few days or weeks old.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:36 pm (utc) on May 19, 2006]
The "good" results seem to be spreading slowly.
We must be talking about opposite "good" results as I se the opposite.
I just had an idea...an online stress management course for Google datacenterwatchers. Anyone think there's a market for this?!
I am customer number one... please sign me up for at least three years service :)
Just an observation: For one important and very competitive keyword we monitor, we rank well on the "good" datacenters and not so well on the rest (page 6).
On all datacenters, we rank well for allinanchor & allintitle for that keyword but here's the difference. On the good datacenters, we are on the top of the second page for allintext but we don't show up at all in the rest of the datacenters. I've checked to about 700 results.
Pre BigDaddy Google used to 'relax' the filters during an update. The effect was lots of traffic for websites burried in the search results. So many people felt like Christmas during that period and returned to the usual dose of Prozac after the end of the update.
Post BigDaddy the engineers can now play with the filters without going public with the results, or by using more obscure datacentres and although some of these do sneak back in to the main index for short periods of time they are not long enough there to cause a major upset.
Hope that I am making sense here...
These are the results some of us seen a few weeks back and they are here yet again. Not a single datacenter reflects these results either!
Will the madness ever end Google?!
<panic ensues at the Googleplex... "who forgot to put the garbage in the comcast feed again?!">
Watch within hours the results will switch back to normal....
< "We can't expose the good results or our adwords dollars will diminish!, FIX IT MC!" >
The earthlink ones at least are switching back and forth between the good ones and a normal batch of crappier ones, so refresh your page a few times.
Been noticing that myself...But the others seem to be pretty solid all night long.
I have one site that dropped down in the SERPs on March 30 but was back on top on those two days. I've been hoping for it to make a comeback that will last a little longer. Any hopes on this or are the current "good" test results different with more filters turned on etc?
"So, these 'good' results on the 8 datacentres, do we think these will actually go live throughout google at some point, or are they just something to get us excited?"
I guess Google's engineers keep on repairing and tweaking the poor BigDaddy. And I wouldn't be surprised, if they hurry (after each repair and tweaking) to this thread to read our reactions.
Sooooo. In future if you like what you see on specific DCs, you may wish to post; I don't like what I see. That way, Google engineers might keep the results you like :-)