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These results have been seen across hundreds of different searches - am not saying the sites arent relevant but its more like they were handpicked bcos the backlinks are too few compared to the more established sites
In one example a site currently ranked No1 (since about march)for a TOP TOP single keyword here are some of the stats gotten from SEO for Firefox:
Registered: April 2006
Alexa Rank: 763 (this has shut up probably since the new rankings)
Yahoo Directory Listings: 2
Yahoo Links: 514
Yahoo Page Links: 517
But meanwhile the site which used to be No1 which is now 6 here are the stats:
Registered: June 2000
Alexa Rank: 27
Yahoo Directory Listings: 4
Yahoo Links: 51
Yahoo Page Links: 33
This same thing can be seen across a no of searches - is anyone noticing this is any industry and what could be the reason for this?
One needs more information than that to figure out what is going on.
For example does the PR5 site have any issues, one that I have seen cause problems is when a page gets completely duplicated and Google gets confused as to which page is which. I'd also expect a larger drop than you are indicating, but hey I'm just tossing possibilities out there.
That shouldn't happen, but I wouldn't say it doesn't, and I could find more than one or two folks to attest to it having happened in the past.
To catch moving serp placements, that is this quest and Google says try if you wish, others say ignore the little green bar and write content.
Check for high Yahoo links, Google backlinks are really just for show.
Just read an interview with the chick that is the link-queen at MySpace... she has 1.8 million friends. Right. How many thousands of new 'friends' does she make a day, and what does that mean?
At least the article had some interesting pictures. ;)
Page Rank meant something when the web was fresh. Links used to be a better measure of quality or what users really want than they do today. Only natural to discount their value.
Even though I don't think that certain politicians are that successful, it shouldn't be so easy to Google-bomb them (and all the other SERPs). It's the equivalent of the miscreants electing Carrie as prom queen ... bad things happen.
Save us, Google! Save us from our lesser selves.