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Hi, I am not sure IF this is relevant or not.. but here goes... I have suffered with a website dropping like a stone in Google.. and this happened on August 25th/26th. At the SAME time my website error Log seemed to crash and 100 core files got generated. I deletede these files... and have checked my current error log and I am getting about 100 error message an hour... and Google is picking up on these errors as shown in my site index... I have the IP addresses and can block them but they are from numerous sources... and they try to find an impossible url... any suggestions?
Could there be more to these changes in Google serps than meets the eye?
[edited by: tedster at 4:44 am (utc) on Sep. 1, 2007]
One word $$ phrase is an absolute nightmare. Completely irrelevant, changing every couple hours, random pages that should not be there. Very, very odd things going on from my end.
So what gives with all this garbage I'm seeing on a 1 word KW search?
A blog about a dog sitter
All the above has the KW soemwhere on the site... but certainly is NOT about that KW...
What kind of junk is Google pushing out there?
[edited by: tedster at 8:21 pm (utc) on Sep. 6, 2007]
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I have seen this on one of my Scandinavian site. For some reason the long tail searches vanished and now only have 1-3 keywords. Maybe they are trying to "fix" something that wasn't broke?
Google's new motto: "If I can't fix it, it ain't broke!"
frup - You are correct - why isn't EVERYONE talking about this junk that keeps coming across?
Not only are the results all garbage (at least for a 1 kw search that covers my business) but.... since Goggle is still accepting through AdWords commercial listings for this KW and many others tells me....(Careful - Conspiracy Theory - Take with a grain of salt) that they don't care about the cr*p - they are still making millions on Adwords and if someone can't find it in the SERP they will click on the ads.
From what I have experienced this has been going on since May 26 and waiting it out has shown that the results have gotten exponetially worse till today.
Why aren't people seeing this?
There is a lot of crap in their results and have been since June last year when they said they had things fixed. Too bad it is like a secret society where you can't get hold of anyone. They tell you to put your company information on your web site so people can get in contact with you, but what do they do? Hide behind doors in their Towr of Babel....... Wish I could sue them for ruining a business... Yeah I know... a lot of people say Google can do whatever they like, they don't owe you anything.... BUT they need to be held accountable for what they are doing....
While G doesnt owe anyone anything.... They are certainly the largest now of the SE and as such should be held to a higher standard - of which I am not sure I'm seeing from all the garbage.
Our traffic for our commercial site is derived 60% from G and the remaining from all other search engines.
We are unable to control the preferance of searches by the people who visit - however with G making these foolish and incomprehensible changes - I think they should be more aware and responsible for their foibles - however as I said before - they are leveraging their changes with an increase in AS revenue...
Thats exactly what i noticed - Last Thursday for about two days very clean bang on target results, some sites had gained some fell back but all the cr@p was gone - then some kind of roll back?.
You may be onto something ref Adsence - if results are to good, visitors will use them rather than clicking on sponsored adverts.
What ever the case something doesnt look right. Also, we are well overdue a green bar PR update, isnt this the longest run yet?
The one word results change dozens of times a day.
Besides crap sites appearing, it is often the case that totally odd pages from a domain are ranked rather than a root index page (in general normally the most likely page for a one word term), and those subpages change during the day.
Pages migh have internal pages ranking #51 and #64 one minute... and then have an index page at #10 a minute later... hours later the index page could be at #25 and an entirely different internal page a #70... etc etc.
Clearly this means the wildly different serps are not a "randomizing the results" phenomenon.
Additionally pages go in and out of 950 while this other junk is going on.
Google seems to be in the mid-stages of making its most significant change in years, and they are completely failing at it on a consistent basis. For every good bit of "fixed" resut where a correct page is ranking sensibly, there are at least five bizarrely ranked pages that are either the wrong page from a domain or a trivial site that doesn't belong.
The only clear positive is the results are not spammy.
On a search in quotes - "word1 word2" - Google is sometimes returning pages where the phrase is in a different order on the page - "word2 word1". That sort of defeats the whoe purpose of the quote marks, doesn't it? In the case of the search I was doing, the meaning of the switched word order phrase is COMPLETELY different.
I'm wondering if this might be side effect of some other tweak Google's trying out.
I have seen this almost regularly with a 1 word KW which can be split into two words.
It seems that the quotes "" seem to imply that words which can be split can be returned as a valid search result regardless of order (at least that is what I thought) almost as if to say...here is some loosening of the requirement.
I thought nothing of it.... but you may be onto something else...
Like a fool I clicked on one of the sites I reported being a chinese spam site and of course it installed a virus on my computer (Js/Psy.. something)
Toook me a while to get rid of it. Google used to have a link telling you that "this site maight install.... " but this one didn't warn, just installed it. Glad I have 3 different virus checkers running.
I clicked on it and I am an avid user, so how many more clicks on a link and get viruses installed today?
To me it looks like their search is "broke". It's been a long time since you could find what you were looking for in Google. You have to go to page 50 to even come close. I used to use it a lot at work (DBA at a Mortgage Broker Company) but not anymore. Too hard to find what you want if you don't type in a mile long sentence.....
Wonder how long this mess is going to on before they realize that something is wrong :( Might as well file for bankruptcy :(
What is #4? A Craigslist rant, related to the topic, yes, but a rant? Results below that are only lightly relevant to the topic. For those of you unfamiliar with CL, posts usually remain on that site for a week only, and generally a CL post won't rise high on Google in competitive SERPs.
I know this is only temporary. I'm pretty sure Google hasn't lost its mind, but what I am seeing is laughable.
Google: WHAT are you doing?
Mods: Correct me if I'm wrong, but I know Wikipedia has been mentioned by name in these forums, and Craigslist is so pervasive in the www community that mentioning it by name would confer no advantage. Edit if necessary, thanks.
The content which was on the blog was written by me and it was not even copied from somewhere.
I wake up and suddenly rank for nothing. Not in top 1000. No 950 penalty, -30 penalty. Nothing. Has to be a hand edit, but usually I read people who get a hand edit don't rank for their domain name either. That is the only thing I rank for now.
There isn't a paid link on the entire site. Granted the inbounds aren't the greatest but not bad enough to warrant a penalty. Didn't think there was much that I could do off site to hurt my site, but can't think of any other reason. The site is missing regardless of page structure and on-page factors... so it has to be based on off-page factors or a quality review where a human told me to get lost.
Site was making about 25k/month. Ouch.
However, each and every other page on the site is 950'd for the words they used to rank for. That's about 10k pages sent to 950 land. (based on a sample of 25 pages across multiple directories that were 100% 950'd)
I was in 950 land before, but only with a single page. In fact I posted on the first page of the very first 950 thread ( I named it "end of results penalty, but that didn't stick). Since it wasn't a problem for my long tail words, I stopped following the 950 threads so I guess that is where my problem will get solved and where I will direct further comments.
I just hadn't seen 950 applied sitewide before regardless of internal page structure. But perhaps that is being addressed on the 950 thread which I hoped to never have to revisit again.