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Clearly, this is some Richter Scale change in the works.
It seems so. And thats a sad readings on a Friday morning. Couldn't imagine that such thing happen to Google.
Still hope that The Mother of All Search Engine will emerge victirious after all those problems get fixed.
That BigDaddy things hasn't been as good as we all have expected (:(
after all those problems get fixed
Well, these changes may pose problems for us -- but I can barely imagine that this much disruption is some unanticipated accident or "bad data push" that just needs to be fixed. This seems especially so because, in the midst of it all, we're seeing some reports of search traffic coming back for sites where it had dried up lst summer. In some cases, the report is that the site made no changes and bad situation just turned around.
Who knows, things may go even stranger -- but something intentional sure seems to be brewing, by my read. We've seen reports of apparently good sites getting hurt in past months. We've seen reports of unusually successful spamming that sort of faded in and out.
Here are some of the ideas that have been tossed around lately:
1. A huge chunk of the Google team has really lost it.
2. They're intentionally obscuring more types of data that can be used in reverse engineering
3. Something new is being rolled out that can't be done all at once. This would most likely be some factor that makes use of the newly gained "BIg Daddy" elbow room. A new type of.spam detection? Some new kind of filter against scrapers? More in-depth use of historical measures for site-wide changes, link growth and manipulation of various kinds? Better trust testing for new subdomains?
Any other ideas? Just too soon to tell, I suppose, but what else is there to do but guess of areas to watch. The picture is not yet in focus.
Has Google gone screwy? - 'cos I might do
Perfect site:tool results one day - inperfect the next.
How is the google site:tool working for you?
What inspired this?
Yesterday things were almost perfect - no supplementals on site:mysite.co.uk on the UK DC [ not .COM ] after months of work.
Today all the regional Google sites have blown up. Supplementals everywhere, site tool screwy, old caches mixed with new ones, results with old URL's mixed with new meta descriptions.... i may have missed some things but this is enough for now i think.
Am i losing it, or is Google going screwy? Or are we being s#?*W%d?
When I do site:, I get only 3 pages listed. Shows page count up at the top right and doesn't shw an "omitted" pages or supplemental ones either (not that I have any anyway).
At least I can still see how many pages are indexed, just not the actual pages themselves.
We community of webmasters have also a lot of power, we must not forget it.
Remumber FireFox, many of us put the logo of FireFox on their websites. We have encouraged a lot of people to download it. Internet Explore still have the monopole but each day there is new users of firefox.
WE HAVE THE POWER and IT IS US WHO MADE THE INTERNET AND NOT GOOGLE.
Perhaps we have to put a logo on our websites like for firefox and encourage people to use other search engines.
Google is perhaps powerful but we also are, we must not forget it.
Google has totally foobarred those searches into a 500% unusable state. Matt, Vanessa, Adam, et al, seem to be awfully quiet right now too...
Without information my brain doesn't function and i have no idea what's going on.
What's happening? Are there any intentions to make this reliable? It's been wobbly for some time and now we're talking crazy.
[edited by: Whitey at 11:27 pm (utc) on Oct. 6, 2006]
They could care less about us. As many of us have observed; they have a different agenda. It is not making their search engine the best......It's all about making dollars.
The last several months, or should I say, two years, just proves it!
It's about time to move on. Yahoo or MSN?
for the site command, it lists 506 pages, but only shows 10 results, nearly all are supplemental.
The really weird thing is. 8/10 pages which are showing I added "noindex" to just over a week or so ago. It only seems to want to show the pages I told it not to!. what the hell!
Also when I click "show all results" or the like, it only shows up to 38 results, when it says there are 506!.
This is wide spread, even Apple, IBM, and Google itself is showing almost every result Supplemental with the Site: command.
Noticed this happenning off and on for a couple of weeks in various data centers. Looks like the sh%# has really hit the fan!
[edited by: tiori at 12:03 am (utc) on Oct. 7, 2006]
I searched for one of my sites that I had changed the title on the index page and it was at the top of the 2nd page. I decided to change some of my prefs and then went back and my site was gone---just gone, I tried numerous times but it would not come back.
I closed the browser and reopened, went to search and it was there but with the old title and a loss of 6 places.?-