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"I think some of us are seeing a different variation. I know my site and at least someone else on this thread ranks # 1 if you type in their domain name. Or domain.com. Back actual pages by title, those that used to be in the top 10 SERPS are now about 10 pages back, in the 100+ range. "
This is exactly what I'm seeing. I'm holding many keywords fine but all my big keywords are gone most of the time.
Our site is swinging up and down all day long. Sometimes I search for red widget and we are not on page 1 but we are in the top 4 pages then a search an hour later and we are blasted back to the bottom of the results.
Other keywords seem stuck at the bottom.
As a result our Google traffic is down more than 80%.
We have lost many keywords that we have held #1 on for years. How can we go from #1 to the bottom or not even showing over night?
I have done nothing to deserve this and cant seem to figure out why this happened.
[edited by: tedster at 7:17 pm (utc) on Mar. 2, 2007]
Another thing that is strange is that for most particular keywords that the index page used to rank for, the results are identical to the allintext: keyword command. Our index page is still showing and ranking well for allintitle & allinanchor but nowhere to be found for allintext.
I've done some research here and it seems this maybe a Google glitch since all other vitals appear to be normal. Is anyone else having the same trouble recently? Has anyone else lost their main domain (not subpages) for a lengthy period of time never to recover? Is this a technical issue? Our root site does not appear to be hijacked...
[edited by: tedster at 8:45 pm (utc) on Mar. 5, 2007]
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Another factor seems to me the clicks you receive and the behavior of visitors. If you receive clicks for some keywords and visitors vill "stick" with your site, your ranking for those keyword goes up!
If this is targeting websites that "target" keywords then Google must start asking themselves what the benefit is to rank websites that DO NOT target keywords....maybe because they are NOT relevant!
Right now, on most queries: most spammers are super stable on top, most link buyers/sellers are ultra stable on top.
It is certainly not about relevency, certainly not about related backlinks as I see real estate sites helping internet marketing businesses ranking high for example...and much worst.
I see Expired, unrelated craigslist listings ranking above our sites for core keywords - not to mention the whole forum, empty about.com categories, bookmarking sites where pages are not even related to the search anymore, and more...
As a user as well. For the first time in my life I find myself looking up to page 7 ...YES page s-e-v-e-n.
I have also rarely seen so many pages with so little content ranking instead of websites they actually link to (or simply talk about very briefly which is even worst.)
My mouse is red hot clicking and clicking and clicking and still not finding.
What do I have to do? change the way I type queries? Someone explain me....I must be too dumb to use the new Google apparently.
do I have to go to Yahoo now? I hate Yahoo...but if I am stupid enought not to find my stuff on page 1 anymore then I may change my habbits.
Why did they do that? They had a fine index a few months ago, even 4/5 weeks ago. Is this corporate suicide or does it really bring some good adwords $ juice? :)
I've been a big Google fan for years, but now I just don't get what they are after exactly.
I think that's already happening based on the comments I occasionally hear from average joe user.
"I think that there is a "targeted" google bomb filter: it seems to me that the filter doesn't penalize the full site, but only the "targeted keywords"
Why does everyone always think in terms of penalties? From where I sit, google seems to be getting a LOT MORE SPECIFIC about the results that a search will deliver. In other words, if your page generally addressed a topic and pulled a nice chunk of traffic based on pagerank and other ranking factors, that may no longer be the case. Now, you have to work five times as hard by creating pages that address every little search parameter because your page that concentrated on one topic and "sort of hit all the other topics" just won't cut it anymore. This seems (to me at least) to point to a weakening of page rank as a ranking factor in favor of just pure a$$ backlinks, internal and external. I've been noticing this trend for quite some time.
Unfortunately, this does have the effect of:
A. allowing more spam to creep into the results
B. allowing inferior pages to creep into the results
C. making it more difficult for users to find quality sites that, under older ranking criteria, used to be found at the top of the search results.
D. making life miserable for webmasters, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO RUN ECOMMERCE SITES.
This is what I meant."
That wouldn't make any sense at all. If it did, every single wikipedia page would come crashing down.
At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it ... for now! :)