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2 Week's Recovery In Google - then gone again

was this a test?

     
6:10 pm on Aug 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I can't work out what has been happening to our site hopefully someone on hear knows the answer.

Basically since Dec 2006 we have been hit pretty bad in the SERPS, we have run round like headless chickens paying SEO company after SEO company to help us fix the problem. We did all the changes recommended, cleared out all duplication, Changed link strategy, but nothing no change for several months...

That was untill 2 weeks ago when all of a sudden we regained all of natural listings back. I am sure you know what I am goin to say next. Today out of the blue all those regained natural listings are gone.

Why would this happen?
Has it happened to any one else?
Is there a chance we will regain those listings?

7:08 pm on Aug 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have the same experience -- I believe they are adjusting datacenters and pulling information from a different configuration of datacenters, hence an incomplete mix, and/or tweaking parts of the algo.

If your site is a borderline case for one or more factors, or the certain configuration of factors that is in the now missing datacenter was outweighing other negative factors, then down u go!

I have tested and tweaked and researched pretty extensively and can't see what is going on for the life of me.

After a certain point, further research and tweaking doesn't justify the time so I work on other sites, but keep getting quality links and hopefully one day it will stay on the front page.

9:38 am on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,

Just thought i would update you on what we are seeing on our site.

Lost 90% of all search terms in Jan 2007.
Regained all serch terms back on the 26th July, ( Had A Party.)
Lost 90% of all search terms again on the 10th August ( Ahhhh )
Regained again on the morning of the 12th August.
Lost again all search terms today.

Does anyone know what would cause a crazy patern like this. And is anyone else seeing the same "in and out" issues. If so maybe we could club together to find out whats going wrong.

4:46 pm on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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One of my sites followed this pattern, in and out for a while seemingly at random. When your search terms are 'lost' you might want to check on the last page of SERPs for them. If they are on the last page (or next to last page) you have been hit with the -950 penalty.
4:56 pm on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Soccer Star.

They have dropped generally from page one to page 3/5.

Does this bouncing in and out of the top results mean we might be making a recovery? Has anybody else had any exprience of this.

4:21 pm on Aug 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi guys just thought I would update you again.

As of 1pm this afternoon we re-re-recovered all of our positions. I do expect to be slammed to the back of the results tomorrow, but for now we look to be back where we should be.

Is any body else seeing the same erratic movements. And can we pin down what is causing these huge position shifts.

5:41 pm on Aug 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There now seem to be a number of webmasters reporting this "yo-yo" problem. To keep the discussion in one place and better brainstorm on the problem, let's take the rest of the discussion to this thread:

August 2007 Google SERP Changes [webmasterworld.com]