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I have noticed in recent months a remarkable shift in the way Google employees communicate with the webmasters communities.
For one reason or the other the Googlers have stopped posting weather reports about the new infrastructure. No more posts explaining critical changes on the serps. No more talking about specific DCs as they use to do. No more chat when it comes to Google serps and possible changes which are so clear and obvious to even novice webmasters. The only thing we have been hearing is the famous "Data Refresh".
Of course, one of the reasons for the shift in Google's communication policy mightbe the continuous trouble the Googles are into since the deploy of BigDaddy.. "if you have no good news..keep quite".
If its true that the Googlers have decided not to talk to us anymore about the serps, DCs and possible filters, algo changes and announcing possible updates. Do those same Googlers deserve to be invited anymore to the webmasters conferences and meetings, for example?
What will be the consequences of Google shift in Google-Webmasters communication policy?
Many thanks in advance for your contributions to the thread.
Now, if you take a sudden dip in the serps, do not blame Google. Check your site..... When one of our sites takes a dip in the serps, 99.99% of the time itís our own fault and we catch it.
A bit of info, we had a few sites that recently had a hack and a worm eat through it. Guess what it did, it wiped the title tags out for every page in the site. Another site we had drop recently, was because a user who processes orders for the site was playing around in some of the php coding late one night and erased the default meta tag coding. Another time, a disgruntled employee did some damage.
Those are just a few examples, but I have been in this game a very long time and trust me, when you drop in the serps, 99.99% of the time its something that you should be catching anyways.
Always check your sites if you have multiple users who can access the internal workings of the site.
[edited by: trinorthlighting at 10:05 pm (utc) on July 27, 2006]
I believe Rugles 2 KW Term Filter thread explains it best.
So do a lot of people. Give it a rest. Nobody cares about how many people you employ or how many sites you monitor. The thread is about Google public relations, not how you can fix everyone sites with your years of so called experience. People are sick and tired of people like you thinking they know it all and generalize about everyone elses site. Go have fun with top 10 niche sites and stop telling everyone what their problem is.
It'd be nice if you gave maybe some subtle hints about what your little bot considers high quality. I guess it isn't original content.
[IMHO] I'm finding the recent flood of 'original content' to be just as bad as spam. I mean, anyone can build a page targeting a specific keyword, paraphrase an encyclopedia and then stick adwords in it ... it's hardly original.
Give me comedy, give me art and for goodness sake get rid of the spam.
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[edited by: colin_h at 10:23 pm (utc) on July 27, 2006]
And featuring some of the worst results Google has ever had.
"has some newer infrastructure that makes site: queries more accurate"
One look shows this not to be true. In fact, the queries are far less accurate as they return pages not from the domain being searched for.
GG, once again Google has introduced something broken, far worse than what it is replacing.
I don't blame googleguy at all for not dropping by, why? These forums have gotten loaded too heavily with this type of thing, it's getting more and more tedious plowing through the dross to get to the stuff that's worth reading. Brett should look at this situation, I agree.
I guess Amazon.com was broke when it completely disappeared from the index on June 27th.
If you don't like what you read, tough. I could care less about what you want to read.
What I am trying to say, if you email google 99% of the time you will not get a response.
What I am saying, lean on a few of us older members who can and would be willing to help newer members.
You are so right, every time google makes a tweak, bam there are a slew of newer people who flock and complain. I guess we have been around long enough to know the cycle and yes, I do wish brett would do something about it.
[edited by: trinorthlighting at 10:34 pm (utc) on July 27, 2006]
Have you ever considered that people are sick and tired of the "tweaks" without any explanation? Or are you so dense in your "veteran" years to not get this point?
Old timers. Give me a break.
Does anyone remember the days when I used to get drunk and come on WebmasterWorld and rant? I've really matured nah?
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Dont agree. Thats what they want you to think. Fact is only Google want to make money from the serps and imo the constant tweaking is to push up adwords revenue.
Proof is that the serps have been worse than ever since BD rolled out at the start of the year - since then Googles revenue has climbed
Meanwhile spam is just as bad as it was. As i see it most of the sites currenly losing rank for keywords for certain key terms are in fact quality long term established websites, meanwhile the junk and spam sites continue to clean up better than ever!
I am sure this topic feels almost like a flame war building up. I am not exactly known for pushing through re-inclusion requests or questions regarding ranking fluctuations. But my first ever request for site review has been ignored, due to the disappearance of its rankings after the 27th. Previously email addresses are posted for webmasters to provide comments, and we seem to not have that ability at this point. Any chance this might re-open?