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madmatt69 are your keywords still hanging around in simular positions?
I've seen this with other domains and they have bounced back within a few weeks to a month.
Can everybody do a search for their key phrases with double quotes and without double quotes and check and see if you, like I did, get tons of spam sites when I use the double quotes.
I think others have seen there sites jump back within a month. It happened with one of our other domains.
On another note, during the time period that many of you had very high traffic to your site there were 5 spam sites in the top 15 SERPs results. Before the second week of January none of the spam sites were there.
I'm staying roughly in position to the spam sites (13 when there are 5 spam site, 10 with 2 spam sites, 8 with none).
Many results went down from #1 or #2 to #8 to #20.
- 7 years old
- >3000 unique, self written articles
- dupe content problems in Feb 2005 and Sep 2005, each one solved after three months
- heavy internal linking to related articles
I tried that quote thing - same results as without quotes.
For me it seems as if one filter had been switched off and somebody forgot to switch it on again.
Hey, you're right! We're at the bottom of Page 4 for one of our longest ranked articles. How interesting.
Strangely enough I take this all as a "good sign".
Meanwhile, I guess we'll keep adding content, and work harder on those PPC-driven websites we've been planning. :-)
Our site is totally duplicated all pages and original content! so you may want to check your domains. It seems that it is a proxy server doing it and that Google somehow got hold of their cache...
matt or anyone at google can you help?
Not sure what is going on but a lot of sites I see that have disappeared from search now have a "sub domain" within that proxy server!
It is not as bad at MSN since they "only" have about 500 indexed so far.
MSNDude, can you have a look at it and see if it is a problem over at MSN?
What is particularly troublesome to me is that I've seen this trend over the last year and it is something that is hitting all product areas.
So, whether you search for electronic widget or garden widget, the same sites are showing up to do their "price comparison".
Why doesn't G have a filter so that if a consumer wants a "price comparison for products", they get such sites, but not for every keyword that is a product!
I still believe all the shuffling is to get price comparison sites to the top so Froogle / GB will be able to take the cream off the top.
Are you finding your "cob-web" site indexed by Google? I did a site:cob-web.org and there are 2940 sites listed that are copies of other sites. Google is one of the sites...heh.
[edited by: freelistfool at 9:56 pm (utc) on Jan. 20, 2007]
Sites cached on a proxy server shuld NOT be indexed by Google at all especially if you have User-agent * diasallow / in your robots.txt like they do!
To me is seems like a mix of different things that has gone wrong. That proxy server and their cache and Google not obeying robots.txt file. Maybe Google is indexing all sites now as sub domains to that server? Somethings weird is going on here or maybe it is just me that don't understand it.
Anybody else who can try to figure it out? Am I just way out?
Matt Cutts Blog PR 0
and site pages gives 342
but only 16 show with
repeat the search with the omitted results included.
to get the rest this is not just his on some other sites normally PR7
unsure how to check which datacenter though
My site has dropped a rank, from pr 5 to pr 4
All the search keywords which we used to rank 1-5 in, either they disappear completely or found in the 10th-30th page of ranking. I did a search for all of our pages and we still have 141,000 page listed, just not searchable. If I put my domain name in with the keywords, it comes up #1.
I see 3 data centers with me still at PR5
I see some of my competitors still in the top spots we used to adjoin them with, them without any changes in ranking (GO FIGURE!)
I had keywords still ranked 2-3th spot this morning, I check now at 7:30PM and they are GONE! Within 15 hrs! I cant even find it within the first 20 pages.
I am not sure what is going on, but it is affecting our sales greatly and to further, the changes are happening within 15 hrs (from this morning to now) and it has worsen since last night when I checked.
10 year old site - very stressful. Anyone else want to post their horror stories? Anyone lose their ranking and has since recovered?
None of them rank first for its own URL, all of them are on page 4-5 for it
Sites that have 200-300 indexed pages are showing only 2-3 results when I search for [mydomain...] com
There is no chance I can understand how some site can rank on page 5 for its own URL
We have a site I started in 1998, with a PR 5/6 (seems to fluctuate recently).
We are still ranking at #1 for our two top-traffic terms, but we have dropped off of the radar (to the 80's or 90's) for almost everything else.
A couple of our important terms will still show us as #1 IF I put quotes around them.
For example, we currently rank at #88 for area widgets (no quotes), but #1 for "area widgets" (with quotes). Any ideas on this phenomenon?
I am also anxious to see if anyone is slowly showing improvement. Having weathered several of these updates, I am optimistic overall but I haven't seen this exact thing happen before with our site.