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what should this tell me? what kind of penalty could this be or what kind of interpretation do you have for this situation?
any help appreciated.
More ideas and input on this are quite welcome.
[edited by: tedster at 3:54 am (utc) on June 19, 2009]
I didn't personally do anything to the page, get any links or that sort of thing.
I also saw the same thing for another site yesterday and today. Position 5 around 7:30am, back to page 2 on the next click of the search button.
What is it interesting is that I do the search in the toolbar, with .com as default. Result is page 2, no. 14. Then I change the .com to .co.za in the address bar without changing anything else in the URL and I get position 5. Click search button again on .co.za and I get position 22.
So Trax there are all sorts of things at play. Did you do your searches in the exact same manner each time or did you fiddle like I did above? Fiddling throws different parameters into play!
www.google.com - 188.8.131.52,184.108.40.206,220.127.116.11
www.google.co.za after address bar change - 18.104.22.168,22.214.171.124,126.96.36.199,188.8.131.52
www.google.co.za after submit click - 184.108.40.206,220.127.116.11,18.104.22.168,22.214.171.124
.CO.ZA IPs are the same .com different.
So clicking the submit button obviously changes the $_POST/$_GET data and hence the search result, no surprise there even before writing this.
It seem like there was some sort of dampening affect for my site that was temporarily turned off during that time.