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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.
I don't care if they don't communicate with me. They never have anyway. If I am polite I will get a nice, PC answer that tells me nothing. If I am blunt I get nothing. In the end its still NOTHING.
Would you listen if they did communicate with you? And if you were in their position, would you communicate with someone who's wearing an "I'm hostile, so f--- you" t-shirt?
This is actually a bunch of bull. No the don't HAVE to communicate with webmasters BUT it is the webmaster is what keeps them in business -- get that through your head. Imagine a scenerio where webmasters literally stop feeding google their content. Just as in shareholders upset with company profits. We are also the ones who feed the google product. Yes Google has a huge marketshare and the likelyhood of this happening is nil but in the search busines they have to tread careful waters especially with webmasters. Trends start with us. Alta Vista was once top dog. They are pretty much out of the picture now. The same can happen with the big G.
Another way we feed google is financially through our use of advertising. Keep in mind that those who ride on free seach listing and make money from those listings will in turn feed Google through advertising.
It is not a win win situation you propose. 3 parties must win. Webmasters, google users, and Google as a corperation(shareholders).
"Google can only communicate so much due to legal reasons. Realize that they do get sued by people whos rankings tank or who all the sudden get deindexed."
This happens regaurdless of communication or lack there of.
"Its googles index, googles servers, and how and when google communicates is completely up to them, not you."
This is fine. Keep in mind the above. If they want webmasters with VALUABE content/products to be in their index and available to their searchers it is up to us to allow them to use it. We don't have to let them tap into our value. There needs to be some sort of middle ground and that starts with communication.
No. Its all over the board. Most of my big terms (2 words) I haven't lost at all, but some the smaller type ones went from top 3 to 40-50 overnight. Its the same trend you read on several forums/blogs. From page 1 to page 5 overnight. I was a victim of the spam sites as well as my sites were scraped heavily and buried. These sites have been removed for the most part but I still haven't regained much of anything. This is the frustrating part, you just don't know why or how to fix anything. I haven't changed anything as well because like most people I tend to ride it out and expect to bounce back. But I hate seeing people making drastic changes based on pure speculation. They will end up hurting themselves in the long run simply because they don't know what else to do.
[edited by: gcc_llc at 6:54 pm (utc) on July 28, 2006]
Since when is being blunt hostile? Its funny what some of you people think is hostile. They have communicated with me on page 1. Did they answer anything? Nope. Did they answer questions put forth to them that were asked politely? Nope.
If you want hostile go look as some of the other thread in which some 4 letter words are being thrown around.
If I was in their position I probably wouldn't worry too much since I had record earnings and have 6 weeks vacations. I certainly understand the reality of the situations but that doesnt mean I have to like it or keep quiet about it.
Hostile is implying other people are incompetent.
Hey, lets all go invade Ask and see what they can handle...
The problem is people don't really know if Google is the problem or their sites are the problem and its just responding to a new algo change. Either way, you cant really do much of anything about it but sit here and continue to stew.
We never implied you did something wrong, someone else could have via a worm or a virus. That is why I said check your sites throughly, if you pay attention, worms do not only effect emails, they effect and crash websites. But, if your to lazy to check your site, you will never know."
Its checked everyday "old timer". It's not a virus.
Just back from our local McDonalds (5 km away) and enjoyed my daily Mc flurry :-)
"To get back to the topic..I think another question and answer post such as the ones Reseller put up links to from last year, would be very beneficial right now."
Agreed. And I wish GG/Matt and Brett would arrange such an event soon. I know that Matt has plenty of time this weekend ;-)
There were rumors around by more professional people regarding dc 126.96.36.199 but I didn’t pay too much attention because their knowledgeable hints got mingled with innumerable other useless posts.
A site: search on 188.8.131.52 shows for the first time ever, 85 supplemental pages BEFORE my home page. I have already deleted 35 and I was until yesterday hesitant on whether it would be a good idea to delete the rest (see, they were all PR4 or PR3 pages – sniff sniff) but ALL very poor content wise and I am taking my hat off to Google for having succeeded in “discovering” them.
On the same dc all my “good” pages are indexed. ALL OF THEM, NOT ONE MISSING.
In the main index there still remains a small number of “poor” pages belonging to the “poor” section.
I now know it’s only a matter of time that G gets them in the supplemental index too.
I also now know the reason why my site sank from the first page of results to the fifth. Although not banned (because it contains 500+ pages of excellent, unique content), it is being penalized for another 150 absolutely junk pages which ALSO contained junk links - websites that are now reduced to one-indexed-page-sites or a little more than one because they have been using stolen content – sigh, how could I know back then..
Reseller, I sent you a message two days ago about that site featuring for several years on position 1 for one of the most competitive keywords, and having disappeared to nowhere on the normal results. Although it reappears on 184.108.40.206, on this dc there are only 580 pages of it in the main index, all the rest (around 99,500 pages) is supplemental, so I guess that's the reason why this site is vacillating.
In examining a little closer I notice that these “lost” pages belong to a forum!
Well yes of course, another of these useless forums containing junk…
I am now hoping that those deleted supplemental pages as well and those I will delete in the immediate future will get off the index asap and that my home page gets back to the top on 220.127.116.11 just as it shows on the “normal” results.
Can someone explain to me why deleting supplemental pages could help recover your ranking?
This is not intuitively obvious to me. I only have 6 supplementals out of a 105 page website. In the main index, 2 are showing ahead of my home page. On the 72 dc that was referred to as having the site: search fixed, my home page is listed at #1, and the supplementals are down in the middle somewhere.
Why would deleting supplementals help recover one's rankings?
It's not hostile, just somewhat clumsy.
What precisely are you expecting the google-people to communicate? If someone asked you about the nature of the holiday-envy-algo in your brain, would you publish details here?
Besides, I'd also support what arubicus said, though again it would be helpful to formulate that in a bit less emotional and aggressive tone. Yes: Most of us in here can be proud of our work on the web, and google profites as much from our unique content as we do from the visitors google sends us.
So, to get back to resellers initial question: What can we do to improve this relationship? Did I understand that right that we are seeking best means (thus meta-levels) of communication, not dicussing specific content=questions yet? Webmasterworld (as a "neutral place") does not allow posting specific URLs, MCs blog was criticised because of deletion of posts and a fairly arbitrary selection of sites to be analysed/reviewed. Any comprimise or alternative plattform at sight? Is there anything a frustrated webmaster can do as a REWARD for someone inside google taking a closer look at the specific site?
Can someone explain to me why deleting supplemental pages could help recover your ranking?
I meant that this is the first time that only my junk pages show as supplemental and I stress the fact that his is now happening only on 18.104.22.168.
Up to now and since the beginning of Jagger I wasn’t showing ANY supplementals except once, a few weeks ago. I then posted that I will NOT delete a good number of them because I didn’t consider them bad.
3-4 months ago, about half my site went off the index and many of those pages were excellent. I then posted that the reason imo why they got off was that they were 3-4 clicks away from the home page. Tedster and others agreed that this was a problem back then.
Gradually my good pages got into the main index so deleting them at THAT time would have been catastrophic.
I am now finding that for the first time the pages I consider as useless match exactly my supplementals.
I am now deleting them NOT only because G classifies them as supplemental but mainly because I do.
"Any comprimise or alternative plattform at sight?"
As to posting specific URLs, I guess there could be three reasons to do so and there are already 3 possible solutions:
- URLs of sites with problems.
That could be reported directly through the Sitemaps (as GG mentioned as a possibility).
- URLs of deindexed or panelized sites.
File a reinclusion request on Google's site.
- Spam sites.
To be reported through Google's spam reporting, or by sticky directly to GG or Matt, if that is what they wish.
And that leaves us with an acceptable compromise:
Run the Q&A here on WebmasterWorld Forum 30 :-)
[edited by: reseller at 10:16 pm (utc) on July 28, 2006]
It will not help at all to do that, because for supplemental pages that start to return a 404, Google continues to show a supplemental page for that URL for the next two or three years.
Additionally, if the page that was deleted is not supplemental at the time it was deleted, then Google pulls a recent cache copy out of somewhere a few weeks after the deletion, creates a new supplemental result for that deleted page, and then shows it for a year or two, to help people who otherwise would have no access to that information that was "deleted".
"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". "
As usual Google avoids the original questions an states what they have done recently. And to further deflect the issue they ask how they can actually become better.
Answering the orignial questions would be nice. Its just comical that they hired someone to do this yet he hasn't even posted in this thread once.
....creates a new supplemental result for that deleted page, and then shows it for a year or two....
I maybe one in a million.
C'mon suggest something to improve Google-Webmasters communications. I know you can ;-)
When sites were disappearing and every response was met with "try Google sitemaps" at first I was irritated and after a while it turned into outright anger.
We all know Google has some issues and when it's felt that Google reps are trying to distract us by changing the question that can lead to frustration with angst gravy poured on top of it.
When the going gets tough and the webmaster community gets loud and boisterous just showing up doesn't solve anything.
I'm not claiming we are owed anything except maybe honesty because when our perception is that Google isn't being honest a real problem is brewing. I think GG and Matt both know this and that's why they popped in to affirm their existence and the fact that they at least read this forum. But that doesn't really solve the problem does it?
When I wrote the first post of this thread, I had two things in mind:
- Make Google aware of deterioration in Google-Webmasters communications during recent months.
- Find solutions, best together with Google, to improve the situation.
Both GoogleGuy and Matt Cutts have been kind to visit the thread, contribute and have shown interest in seeking ways together with us to improve Google-Webmasters communications.
At the time that we are talking suggestions to improve Google-Webmasters communications, I wouldn't be surprised if both GG and Matt are doing the same on their parts at the plex.
Lets keep in mind that this thread isn't a Q&A GG/Matt thread. Therefore we should wait until Brett/GG/Matt start such thread, then judge the quality of GG's and/or Matt's answers.
As to Adam, please give this young man a break. He has just started at Google Search Quality Team. It isn't fair at all to issue at present a judgment about his contributions. Lets give him some more time ;-)
Nice to see GG and then a fresh MC .. but what they can actually share is going to be limited due to very strick NDA's ... so most of the time it will seem very generic...
AND.. it is even possible that as they see the patterns emerge for questions and concerns from accross the webmaster spectrum...they may decide to open up a more inclusive tract for addressing these concerns.. ..
Site is fixed on a server that runs independantly of real results.
That site: fix does nothing to return websites who have been obviously lost since the 27th.
There is and has been no change in reinclusion requests for real webmasters with real sites.
There is and has been absolutely no change in spam reports from my knowledge.
If I missed something feel free to interject...
All the Best and my communication to Google is "Pull you finger out guys".
but some of these crawl errors are definately not from our site.. they are external.
It might help us fight the site scrapers and spammers.
I just had been searching for some older posts of mine in google.public.support.general. A few years ago I profited a lot from the answers given there, particularly in 2002, when calum was quite active. Today I had a quick look and noticed that all posts on page one remained at a number of posts of one. I'd estimate that the number of requests there would now be ten times as much as four years ago, if answers were still given, so that it would be probably too much even for a full-time google employee to moderate that group. I myself switched over to ww, because of the very competent help I receive in here. Nevertheless that google-newsgroup is the very original place were people would expect individual help from google insiders. Maybe a good place for someone new in the team to make his first experiences by again and again pointing newbies to the relevant how-to-pages.
> Matt Cutts has blogged about the googlebot crawl cache plus the indexing timeline.
I am not a native speaker of English and Matt Cutts has quite a poetic way to express himself. Personally, I see that as a challenge rather than complain about it; but I find it quite hard to follow his blog and decipher his hints.
Thx reseller. I understood googleguy this way that beyond the resources you pointed to, google is always seeking for means to improve communication with webmasters. I guess one of the biggest problems is the different levels on which such a communication has to take place, ranging from giving tipps for absolute web-newbies (which is best done in forums with the help of other more experienced webmasters) to some very personal communication and discussion of latest web-trends on pub-cons and similar occasions. The most critical part seems to be feedback on the result of the search algos.
On the one hand google definitely needs this feedback, because it is part of the very nature of pattern recognition by neuronal networks that the programmer actually doesn't really know why and how exactly such an automaton works. And it should be clear that pattern recognition of link-structures on a very abstract level is an important part of the algos. On the other hand the google-insiders are not allowed to present too many details, which is natural for fighting spam. And google also is not allowed to admit that they don't know why and how the algos work, because it is almost impossible to explain details of neuronal networks to the yellow press.
Wherever and however such a feedback is discussed: On the one hand such a plattform should be open enough to make sure that googleguy or Adam is not always talking to the same two or three people, on the other hand it must be strictly moderated by a "neutral" person in order to keep feedback constructive, keep the threads readable and unpolluted by google-should-google-shouldn't posts. I'm sure the google people have done a lot of work, when Matt cutts invited to post specific ULRs for revision; but as we see, for some people the choices and results seemed quite arbitrary, the way this communication was organized smelt >ahem< stalinistic to some. So "neutral" is quite important.
In short: This is a job for Super-Brett;)
Thanks a bunch for your generous contribution to the thread. Highly appreciated!
I too wish to see our kind host Brett arranging here on WebmasterWorld Forum 30:
- Q&A with GoogleGuy or Matt Cutts
- Q&A with Vanessa Fox of Sitemaps
And wish to hear from GG, Matt, Vanessa and Brett when they are ready.
August month is a good time for Q&A, I guess ;-)
Matt is going soon to answer some of the more than 150 questions of his blog visitors under subject Grabbag Friday [mattcutts.com].
I hope a transcript of the video would also be available for further discussion and future reference.
I can see that Matt has made the Video available now on his blog.
SEO Answers on Google Video [mattcutts.com]
Hopefully we can capture the main points, along with Matt's "Grab Bag" and spin them into different discussion threads.
I'd still like to push for some sort of premium paid service for answering concerns by webmasters on specific site issues, perhaps via SiteMaps, or an audit process for identifying problems on sites rather than be left to guess. SEO's will still be busy, i think.
It could be used effectively for both siteowners/webmasters and be designed in such a way that it better identifies webmasters and SPAM through some validation process.
Just my shared thoughts .... and thanks Matt for taking this refreshing approach to communicating.
[edited by: Whitey at 11:47 am (utc) on July 31, 2006]