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Until Sunday June 18th at around 12:00 PM CST.
Sunday afternoon I noticed a sharp dip in traffic and when I investigated, all I could find was the post from Adam about the 'bad data push' and how they were working on fixing the problem. Is there some way that my site got trapped in this fix?
Something that I should add is that I use GoogleAlerts to notify me of when my site name appears in a new listing on Google, and for weeks I have been getting almost daily notices from GoogleAlerts showing the "5 billion page site" with content scraped from my pages. I don't know that any of these pages actually linked to my site, I never thought to look.
Now traffic is down 40% from the norm and I've also lost about 2 thirds of the pages that were shown by doing a "site:domain.com" command. I wonder if by removing this site caused the backlinks to my site to be recalculated, though currently a 'link:domain.com' shows the same number of backlinks as it has for the past month or so.
Just to be clear, I have no connection with the '5 billion page site' other than they scraped a lot of my content.
Any ideas or suggestions or am I alone on this?
Still more sites have completely lost their page titles and are only using titles from DMOZ.
It hadn't occurred to me that any of this might be related to the five billion page site, but it's an interesting thought.
I just want to get my page titles back and my descriptions read, though.
you are definitely not alone in this. one of our sites has close to 30 million pages in the index. we have witnessed about a 40% decrease since the same day you mentioned. our site: is also showing weird data...the numbers returned are all over the place. however, the number of backlinks has remained the same.
1) Go to Google'sHome Pahe
2) On Top of the search box, you'lll see Google services:
Web Images Groups News Froogle Maps more »
Click on "MORE"
3) The next page that pops up, click on Alerts
4) In the search entry box, enter your site name example.com
5) In the pulddown menu select NEWS & WEB.
6) Finalize by clicking on the Create ALert Button.
Then Google will alert you every day of your site name appearing on other sites, or if it is the subject of a news article.
Good for Google if start cutting thoce mega usless sites
That's alright, we'll forgive your ignorance, toothake. The site owners that I have been communicating with all have user generated content sites, and it's not uncommon for UGC sites to be quite large.... and they have nothing to do with selling widgets or anything else for that matter. Besides, with Google, having "30 million pages in the index" does not mean at all that jonathan's site has 30 million pages. My 250,000 page site shows over six times that amount normally in Google's index.
My site is now about 50% restored to the index this morning. About half of you who stickied me your URL's are growing as well, the other half is still shrinking.
Do you think there is a correlation between our increased saturation and the removal of the 5 billion page(s)?
I can't say for certain, of course, but we monitor traffic hour per hour, with a weekly differential so we can tell within an hour when Google hiccups, and the hiccup began for us last Sunday at around noon CST, which is pretty much exactly when Adam Lasnik was saying this issue was being addressed, over at threadwatch: [threadwatch.org...] (this is a pretty good read if you have the time to read through it...)