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And now it has all completely changed to a result set similar to what wwas around a week ago.. gone are all the trivial bits of nothing.
Seems like somebody woke up down at the 'plex... "Oh crap, forgot to flip the 'make the results better' switch."
(Again, this only really applies to one word searches.)
[edited by: tedster at 4:37 pm (utc) on July 1, 2007]
And that #1 result is #22 on all the datacenters which pretty much confirms they are nothing to pay attention to anymore.
(Multiple word searches in my area continue to not change too much -- some but not these massive shifts -- and are of much better quality than the bizarre one word search.)
One set with informational sites (eg wiki) at positions 1-9 and one with actual airline websites at 1-6.
This change of serp has began from 28 May
I lost too many Keywords + the traffic has decreased with more than 60%
i went from 12.000 daily to 6000 visits a day .
this is terrible . for me .
I wonder if the Sepr will change again and return to their Originals ..
I saw a similar drop from the 29th. Like you, I hope this doesn't stick.
I've got 4 different set of results across data centres.
1 for me is gold, and truth be told, its not justified.
1 is no change.
1 is slightly down.
1, is WAY down.
No idea where it will settle.
The gold one seems to have anchor text as the major factor.
The way down one..... seems to downvalue all recip style links.
My whole site seems to drop in and out of the main SERPS every week, it started in March where the whole month was a washout (not quite 950 terriorty but very poor ranking). April was back in for 3 weeks then dropped for 2 weeks now I alternate in and out every week!
This is madness something must be broken, either my site should or should not be ranking well but not changing dramatically every single week!
Is anyone else seeing this and how are we meant to let google know given there are so few feedback channels?
We havent done much to our site except change the internal link structure a bit (changed from linked images to text links)
Very very annoying!
It continues to look like one of those old-fashioned updates where they tossed it out there before it was soup and so it continues to boil away. So far though, still way too uncooked to stomach.
It's long been the case that oddball and inappropriate geo sites sometimes temporarily find their way into the SERP's, but what bothers me more is the loss of some high quality middle-tier sites. It smacks of the same issue I've seen since pre-Big Daddy where high quality small sites become collateral damage. If that problem is now creeping up the food chain, it would be take a bad situation and make it noticeably worse.
Around the time of Big Daddy, for the first time since Google's inception, I started hearing a significant number of "man on the street" observations about declining quality of G SERP's. Not enough to change much, buut noticeable.
The sheer force of G's distribution and mindshare is enough to allow them to hang onto -- if not grow -- share of searches even in spite of a weakening product. But as with all things, reality does eventually catch up with perception. If this is an expansion of the collateral damage problem, and if this sort of result set sticks, the perception lost quality might creep a bit further into the mass consciousness.
and the nice thing is even the media now are saying about using other SE's, I heard a guy on the radio today comment about using Y to find some cheap tickets - lets hope this is the decline on the dominance that G has over webmasters and a more fairer sharing of traffic so its not a case of succeed on G or fail
My concern is how much more collateral damage there's going to be when Google cleans this up, if they can. One thought I've had is that Google may be showing more of this than usual to elicit spam reports from competitors. I hope these results are not the best they can do.