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It seems that the age of content matters a lot. i have multiple sites with mostly targeting car model + car part terms (an example: 2015 Volkswagen Beetle steering wheel) I noticed that when I get my pages out there on a car model + car part before other sites do, my site(s) ranks better in the long run.
Also, there are large competitors that are hard to outrank without getting some good external links. But I do have a handful of pages that outrank them with just the usual amount of internal links and no external links, those happen to be the pages that I created very early, sometimes before the car even came out.
Anyone else seeing this?
So what happened was my client's podcasting site just got a page 1 result and took it away from YouTube and from a Universal Search listing altogether. The YouTube page had all the usual "channel" information and links to the main site, but the direct link in the SERP is preferable by a long way.
Note that the podcasting site serves it's own verion of the videos rather than embedding the YouTube hosted version.
So what happened was my client's podcasting site just got a page 1 result and took it away from YouTube and from a Universal Search listing altogether.
Iíve interpreted in the past year that can happen in Google. Plus the situation could reverse itself overnight. At the least there might have been just a slight tweak in the OOP filters for those particular keywords.
this morning Google gives me sitelinks on top 1 for the kw, and this evening I am in top 1 without sitelinks but in 2nd page of the SERPs!
any ideas? someone seen anything similar?
[edited by: tedster at 6:36 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2008]
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I have found that in the past 2 months the rankings between servers has changed drastically because the Google server that I get is not up to date with info.
It is a funny thing but in a few servers I lose 9 positions for a word which I think is crazy.
Which result do I believe?
[edited by: tedster at 7:19 pm (utc) on Dec. 17, 2008]
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although strangely a lot more positive than negative results, just a few isolated drops.
I did a fair bit of reciprocal linking a few months ago, so wondering if I raised a flag with google and now those links are being discounted :(
That's the kind of analysis that helps you decide whether there is any action you should take. Just knowing that traffic fell off leaves you in a passive situation, where you just suffer or celebrate in a helpless state.
One of my main keywords has also dropped, while another main keyword has risen. This might be pure speculation, but does anyone think this has anything to do with Google placing more emphasis yesterday on the location of backlinks on the page?
I just noticed many of the links for the keyword which dropped are footer links.. while my other keyword (which rose) has more in-context and sidebar links.
Probably a longshot, but who knows..
There is a new patent where a "Novelty Score" is assigned based on the determined amount of novel content, can't remember the link.
Looks like mostly a news and blog search factor - determining what gets clustered among a group of very similar articles and what gets a unique link. The patent was filed for over two years ago, and granted in November.
Consistent with aspects of the invention, a temporally ordered sequence of documents (e.g., a sequence of news articles on a given topic, or blog posts) may be returned as the result of a search of a corpus of documents by a search engine and then may be analyzed to identify documents that include content that is novel relative to prior content contained in other documents in the sequence. For example, in the context of news-related documents, the novel content may include facts that were missing from earlier articles on a topic. A novelty score may be assigned to each document based on an amount of novel content contained in the document. This novelty score may be used, for example, to rank documents among one another."
USPTO page [patft.uspto.gov]
The number of external links reported in my Webmaster tools dropped by about 85% (although not by 100% as others webmasters have reported). This coincided with a drop in a few of my key phrases.
[edited by: tedster at 5:07 am (utc) on Dec. 21, 2008]
Anyone else noticed anything today in GOOGLE SERPS? I have had numerous search terms (relating to 100+ website pages)from No. 1-50 bomb out of site in October.. and today they are all back to post October positions... I have been tidying up lately... and somewhat annoyingly some pages that are back in SERPS were actually deleted about 3-4 days ago!
Should I do anything about the deleted pages (mod-rewrite php pages)or just wait until Google picks up the replaced pages with same content...
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 7:19 pm (utc) on Dec. 21, 2008]
Has anyone else seen a complete reshuffle of google on main competitive words?
I have seen it on a very competitive word over the weekend and found 3 websites which were once upon a time banned and now in the top 15, how is this possible?
It is another google glitch or is this for real?
I have been looking but no answers have been found, please help as my site moved down and am not happy.
[edited by: tedster at 2:58 pm (utc) on Dec. 22, 2008]
For example, queries that showed one universal search result (say Books) are now showing two spots for US (Books and Video - or Books and News).
Queries that need disambiguation are showing a heavier intermixing of results for the two or three possible user intentions - either different meanings for the query or different intentions (such as commerce or information). It even seems like there's a heavier presence for detractor sites on brand searches.
[edited by: tedster at 6:43 pm (utc) on Dec. 22, 2008]
with regards to universal search Tedster, there's one search I've seen where fully the whole first 5 results are universal now, organic number one starts (only) just above the fold.