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Last 2 days .co.uk results appeared to have lost the UK filter, ie they matched the .com results. This morning there is an AJAX (possibly) driven search term suggestion as you type into the search field. I wonder if these two things are linked.
[edited by: tedster at 4:17 pm (utc) on April 1, 2009]
Long overdue! (Hope it's true.) They are link farms (which often get duplicated, sorry, "syndicated").
> Google likes to see mostly editorial links, and not self-created links.
True, but it's still letting link farms get #1 ranking in my sector. I'd like to report an obvious link farm in the Spam Report, but would Google take heed, even if I prove the whois data for each domain matches? Some of the interlinking sites are so offtopic it would be funny (if it didn't cost me money), and I know it's a clear violation of Google's guidelines (linking schemes).
Has anyone reported a link farm to Google and seen it take action? I had assumed Google would automatically take a closer look at #1 rankings for high-traffic searches by its algo. It's clear the engineers still have work to do on the backlink valuation algo. May I be of assistance, Mr. Cutts? ;-/
On another wavelength, in the "mini" sitelinks thread [webmasterworld.com], Hissingsid made an interesting comment:
I am of the opinion that something happened a short while before these things started to appear. For months now we have retained our #1 slot on google.co.uk but were #2 on google.com. Just (perhaps a day or 2) before mini sitelinks appeared on .co.uk we dropped to #2. I saw other signs that made me jump to the conclusion that they had turned off the .co.uk filter but there may have been some other algorithmic reason for the change.
Anyway the point is that your drop in traffic may be an unfortunate side effect of other coincidental changes that have taken place along with the mini site links thing.
Anyone else see changes to the SERPs right around the time the "mini" sitelinks appeared? It may be jusst a UK thing, because I'm in the US and can't say I noticed any related shuffling.
The first thing I'd ask is are you careful to check rankings when you are not logged into any Google account?
And another question would be has your traffic changed?
making my link profile look spammy.
If I were writing an algorithm to penalise spammy sites, I'd try and find something that was indicative. Looking spammy seems like quite a good indicator to me.
It seems to me that virtually everything that you do to your site carries with it some level of risk of an adverse reaction by Google. Even doing nothing is a risk.
Even my wife phoned me up and demanded to know if I'd been messing with Google because she "couldn't find a bloody thing!" anymore. I explained, again, that I don't actually influence Google's results ... I just wish I could ...
I know we've seen cycles like this before - and here we go again.
For searches that I usually do I am seeing a lot more competitive sites. In some cases from 400,000 to 8,000,000. I am seeing this since late yesterday.
Also, I see sites that have been coming up high in the SERP are now lower.
I am wondering if there these two events are related? Use of AJAX and sites appearing lower?
[edited by: tedster at 2:52 am (utc) on April 23, 2009]
I'm experiencing something weird with the site: command. For one of my website, it returns about 114 pages while Y! returns more than 1800 pages, which is closer to reality.
All the pages that the site: command does not show up are product detail pages, all with unique content. So, when I copy pieces of content from those pages and google it by doing : "my unique piece of content", my product detail page shows up ! Looks like there is a sub-index of pages per website. Anyone has ever heard of that ?
[edited by: tedster at 3:21 am (utc) on April 23, 2009]
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Looks like there is a sub-index of pages per website. Anyone has ever heard of that ?
Yes there definitely are "sub-indexes" - these grew out of Google's original Supplemental Index. There is some information about this in the Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page. There are also a few very recent threads that may be touching on the area. This discussion [webmasterworld.com] is one example.
Another thing to note is that the site: operator numbers are challenging for Google to report on accurately, because of the way their data is sharded. That's one of the reasons you usually see the word "about" before the number.
Today I was checking something for a client in another city. They were concerned about falling to position #8 - but for me they were at position #67 or so.
I already got site indexed for 21,000 pages but for some reason since 25 April ago my traffic has been down from 5k/day to 400/day. I checked my main keyword and it's no longger there.
Does anybody has the same result? I already got 2 people has the same result and they told me it's a google dance.
It's been 6 days and I start to doubt that.
It's still in google indexed but no longer on serp and my traffic is pushed down to toilet.
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[edited by: tedster at 5:38 am (utc) on May 1, 2009]