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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]
Far too many people are ringing alarm bells because their "authorative" site has dropped in ranking meaning that something awful must be happening. Your definition of authorative may be seriously over-estimated or (rarely) under-estimated. It may be advisable for us to introduce a display system to describe the site we are talking about -- because right now the only way I can make this monthly Google SERP thread work for me is to simply skip any poster that has less than 300 posts!
How about when you are describing what has happened to your site, you list your site's:
Age: 13 months
WMT backlinks: 3299
SERPS used: Google.co.uk
as a minimum requirement for people to be able to decide how to use the information you have posted? The above site is one of mine and I do not consider it authorative yet. How many of you are calling this:
Age: 6 years
WMT backlinks: 23
SERPS used: Google.com
"authorative" simply because it was No.3 for some curious phrase for the past few years but now is not?
Sorry to winge about newbies, I used to be one myself and considered my sites to be the greatest thing ever and posted every ranking movement on these boards just like you are doing. But Google movements are far more subtle these days and scraping an overall picture out of this monthly thread is getting harder and harder for me.
Personally Iíve felt for a year that these gyrations and bumpings lead to recalculations of the algo or the flat vanishing or down positioning of many pages more than any filters. Plus Google seems to be firing up the supplemental results once again after a lull.
You already HAD that real PR. Your ranking was based on that PR. Now that PR, with some obfuscation, has been published. It being published does nothing to the underlying data.
What was the highest mountain on earth before Everest was discovered?
It was Everest. Its just no one knew about it.
Overall traffic though has not decreased too much as it seems I have had other internal pages boosted higher in the results.
Has anyone else seen this? None of the pages have the -50 penalty.
I think I have just found the problem. I checked the Google Webmaster Tools for this site and under 'Web Crawl > HTTP errors' there seems to be quite a few pages that have a '4xx error'.
I am not sure why it happened but all the pages with these errors have been removed from the index. I assume they will return when crawled again.