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I had the same thing with a couple of sites, jumped more than 10 positions and then went way back after Saturday/Sunday (Oct 30-31).
Also, a couple of my new sites showed up in Yahoo on Friday/Saturday, but then all have gone.
I don't know what this means?
I'm seeing Google style authority sites moving to the top and affiliate cookie cutter sites dropping.
has anyone else seen this?
I've also seen bigger sites starting to take over niche searches where highly targeted sites once ruled.
These bigger sites don't always mention the exact phrase either.
Why do I feel like this is Yahoo's answer to Google's Florida update.
I haven't been able to tell yet why some of the sites moved ahead. We had a page at #6 for an important term - #1 and #2 are the mfg - and they moved a site in German ahead of us. I can take it when competition just flat out wins - but a German site. How useful is that?
Three months ago the same site was a lider on one more major keword. Since then it just simply disapeared. None, nada...
If this is an attempt at it's own Florida algo things aren't looking good for a lot of new sites who are trying to make it.
However i've seen such movements before, sites being all over the place before settling back in.
Let's hope it's one of those
50 of the sites above me are actually linking to me.
I'm really starting to think this is a 'downdate' with most of the link information gone.
There is no way this can be an update
The life is being choked out of the web by mega corporations that once pretended to be your friend.
However, my site has lept up up out of nowhere to 16 so im happy (for once)
cabowabo - What is "the threshold?"
Without rambling forever, look at the threshold as the separation between the money phases (competitive two word phrases) and the 3-5 word phrases with little competition.
The SERPs vary tremendously above and below the threshold.
Previously I've seen sites move 10 or so places or some sites even banned but this is not like anything I've seen before. For what it is worth I have a number of sites this is just happening to one
I can't see any websites that have dropped my links or any drastic changes.
Lucky for my search.msn.com still has me ranking which is my only source of traffic except from small volume terms in Google.
What's going on here? I have some of the best quality backlinks you can ask for (Universities and National Organizations in the field) along with excellent content.
Wow, hope things go back to normal soon.