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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]
We've consistently held very good placement (positions 1 to 3) for our main keyword, and many of our 2-3 word search terms for nearly 3 years. Then, early this year we were completely gone for our main keyword search. Not de-listed, but, basically nowhere to be found.....however, we still had the good rankings for our 2-3 word terms. This would only last a day or two, then we'd return to our previous listings.
This happened twice. Once around Jan, then again around mid May.
Now, as of June 10th, we took a BIG hit on most terms. Our main keyword search term went from 3 to 27. And, most of our other terms went from top positions to positions 40, 50, plus.
Usually it seems like G implements a new algo, then come back over the next few days/weeks and make tweaks based on info they receive from it (whether it's from usage data, or forums like these, or elsewhere). It looks like it may be an update that was fairly widespread, yet affected many people in different ways. Or at least our site. Has anyone else heard of a similar situation to ours?
Over the last year it'd be safe to say we were a bit hesitant to make any major changes to the site due to our great placement. Now, it may be time to test some theories!
I'll continue surfing these forums and others, and do some other investigating, to get a better idea as to what happened to our site, and what changes we should be making. I'm sure as this post grows, it'll only help in the investigation process!
*** yawn ***
< Editor's note: at this point we took a break from this thread
and had some more SERP discussions over at Update Buffy [webmasterworld.com]. >
[edited by: tedster at 6:41 am (utc) on June 23, 2007]
Do you think this a domain hijacking or something else related to the update?
Will wait and see what happens as in the past it has levelled out, but with this new so-called Buffy update I hope there's no knowing what will happen.
Traffic though is horrendous...
Additionally the 2 year old PR4 site with
keeps popping up on all my search terms.
It seems as these masses of new links keep me down.
I started now a new site that has 12 IBL's that ranks with an XML feed before the 10 year old PR 6 site..
Beyond a joke.
[edited by: tedster at 4:21 pm (utc) on June 24, 2007]
[edit reason] moved from another location [/edit]
I can only suspect one reason for the penalty, and that possible reason is totally unintentional. In the middle of January I exchanged home page links with a major European seller of home appliances present in 26 countries. They placed my link in their footer, and the link got duplicated in their hundreds and hundreds (thousands?) pages. I did not ask for that. I just got it. Five+ months later I am getting this penalty. I assume this is for an “unnatural” jump in the number of incoming links. Plus my link to them is not really relevant to the content of the page it’s sitting on. It has taken that long to have happened (unless the reason is something else I am not really aware of).
I have discontinued the link on my home page and advised them appropriately. They are still keeping my link(s), though.
Now is the question: What shall I do?
Shall I sit and wait for months until Google reverts the situation, if they indeed do that? What can I do to make them like my site again? Should I apply for re-inclusion, and if yes, when is the time to do that (I have never been out of their index, though)?
Please advise and please suggest any logical steps that I can take to remedy this situation. I will be deeply thankful.
I also have some sidewides, but not with so many pages as you. I have reduced the sidewides as far as I could, and asked people to change anchors containing my "banned words" if they cannot change the sidewides, quickly..
These changes happened in the last two weeks.
I don't see any changes in the serps yet.
I did file a reinclusion.
[edited by: Gede at 7:50 pm (utc) on June 25, 2007]