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Something is up. We monitor google.de very closely and the SERP's have remained very static for a couple of weeks now. No jumping around of sites as we have seen over the past months with the exception of a few sites that should not be ranked as highly as they are. Last time I saw this there was a big shake up. Lets hope for the best results ; )
[edited by: tedster at 5:39 am (utc) on May 1, 2009]
[edited by: hugh at 12:24 pm (utc) on May 8, 2009]
This is to request your attention about the fact that 2 weeks back Google was update and as a result rank of my website has been affected. My website was ranking very well in Top- 10 with 7-8 keywords in google.com from last 4-5 month WITH HOME PAGE. As update have done and my website’s all keywords had gone 100+ with all keywords. All keyword were coming with home page in Top 10, but now only 2 keywords are coming with home page, rest of are coming with inner pages with the 100+ rank(but it should be came with home page).
I have put up my efforts (in last two week) to work on all these keywords with the purpose of ranking the Home page better. At present, I am faced with the problem is that only 2 keywords have come back with some improvement ( 1 is now 80th position, and 2nd one is on 40th position with home page). Still, rest of the keywords are not improving and are coming with inner pages. I have been targeting them for the home page as they were ranking previously.
I have not witnessed any improvement and I am changing the inner pages location to home page with the purpose of better ranking. After this also I have not seen any improvement. As a SEO professional I would like to mention that client doesn’t want to see the result with the inner pages in SERP.
If anyone kindly specify the reason of having such type of problem that I am encountering, I shall be highly obliged. I am handling 15-16 projects with my colleague, but only with this project I am facing the problems.
Can anyone suggest me how I can solve this problem as early as possible? it will be really a support.
[edited by: tedster at 11:25 pm (utc) on May 9, 2009]
About of half of the datacenters are showing us in the top 10 for our money keyword.
The other half shows us in the 600's.
I even ran the stats on one of my low competition, highly niche site, where very little changes, and I went from #3 to #97 on half the google sites.
These are sites I have mainted their position for years, so the only thing I can think of is an update that has gone wrong, and Google is in the process of reversing it, but very slowly.
I don't ussually watch data centers, as 99% of them have been producing the same results for years.
There have been two different groups of data for the past three weeks or so. The "newer" group seems to seldom last more than a couple hours, but after months of basically no changes, this is either the biggest change in the results in quite a long time, or just testing an algo ingredient that so far has not been deemed worthy of the main results.
There is not enough data to make this conclusion but i've noticed it as a trend recently.
Is there anything I can do?
[edited by: tedster at 3:32 pm (utc) on May 11, 2009]
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The trend seems strange in my review of data/search results; it is almost like someone submitted a spam report on the domain (even though there has been nothing shady happening).
My home page does not appear for brand/domain related searches, which is what initially led me to this conclusion.
To be fair, I have not done anything "new" with the site since last year and fortunately, I have a few updates to make that should help. I probably will register with GWC as well and try to gain a couple quick links.
[edited by: tedster at 11:59 pm (utc) on May 12, 2009]
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It seems that sites which rely almost exclusively on Google traffic are losing traffic and sites that get traffic from many sources are not falling off.
Obviously not enough data, but could signal a change of concept from link-as-a-vote or a more fundamental rebalancing of the random-hop idea behind PR. Instead of these concepts, actual traffic flow is being monitored.
I wonder how many sites have some form of google (or google affiliated, or market traded) tracking embedded on them? Certainly WebmasterWorld has taken the plunge.
its the flow and ebb of SEO. it happens and will always happen.
did you think that your SEO tactics from 6 months ago would stay solid?
did you think you were going to be in the top 10 forever?
no one knows the real answer to the question, except the man behind the curtain, and unless you got ruby red slippers you aint getting past the walls....
this is where tests, and trial & error come into play.
this is where real sites, and real seo's show their worth.
obviously i will be the first to admit i do not know it all, but i do know that this is part of the web. its part of what we all do day in and day out....
start making some changes... tweak some pages and see what happens...
@venunath i gotta ask what in the world are you doing with 10k pages? do you think that anyone wants to swim through that much content?
trim down. lose some web weight.
thats the problem. content may be king, but too much content can kill the king too...
My main keyword that draws the most traffic from search engines has increased by ~50% although I still rank second on Google.com
This jump happened in less than a week.
Either other Google extensions have pushed me up in ranking (I rank 5th for Google.de and ...)
Or more people decided to search for this particular keyword which I doubt, cause it has been pretty constant for months, and it is not related to the world news! ;)
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:30 pm (utc) on May 13, 2009]
I remembered that I had tried using one of the pre-defined targeting areas that Google sets up for you (in my case the Orlando, Melbourne area) for the first time. Because it was the first tme I had used it I decided to revert back to GEO targeting by radius. This immediately fixed the problem as my ads started showing right away.
I started searching the forums to see if anyone else say something similar and I found your comment... Thought you might like to hear about my experience. Thanks for the confirmation...
Thanks - Saxman
Within any one country, such as the US or UK, there are many geographic zones that Google tailors that search results for, and there's no direct way for the webmaster to give input. At the country level, yes, but nothing more granular than that.
We're seeing comments recently like "my traffic jumped 50% but I see the same rankings". Or the other way around - "traffic falls off dramatically but rankings are the same." That's what's been pinging my spidey sense recently.
Obviously my situation is a bit different than the rest of this discussion but I figured it was worth following up and confirming. Best of luck if you are having issues.
I have also experienced a drop this May but it's only my newer pages that have seen the drop. My older pages are in the same position. I'm hoping that by the end of May the pages will have recovered.
It's as if Google is using its database from 6-8 months ago, when these pages were in those positions. Some of my pages that were in great positions 6-8 months ago but were not doing so great recently have gone back to the positions they were in 6-8 months ago.
The same thing happened in July 08 as well. I'll let you know if I recover by the end of May.