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For my top target term there are still some differences between the Caffein sandbox and .com results. It does not affect me and looking at them dispassionately the Caffein results (subjectively) serve the user better. More of my significant real world competitors appear and less of the buy their way to the top jokers.
[edited by: tedster at 5:52 am (utc) on Sep. 7, 2009]
"It was nice of Matt to stop by and put our minds at ease but where is the explanation for the bizzare results especially in the travel sector. I also saw one result today where 6 of the top 10 results were differnet blog posts from the same blog as indents. The blog did not even belong to the person I was searchin for."
I am finding some very funny rankings in the travel sector this month. Does anyone know why this industry might be affected particularly by caffeine, and is this something that all travel sector SEO's are finding?
I just don't get it. A little clarification would be helpful. Thanks.
I feature information about a variety of brands of widgets on my site. For one particular brand I've ranked #5 to #10 for most phrases for models from that brand, or for "Acme widgets" and so on.
The other day my traffic went up about 10%. When I checked my stats I found that visits to that brand's pages had increased significantly. I did some test searches and found my pages in the #2 to #5 spots.
I can't figure out any other reason why I'd get a boost in rankings after five years in pretty much the same spots.
My site was on page 1 (caffeine) since the beginning. I was also ranking on page 1 in regular serps. Then after thanksgiving things got a little crazy and from the first week of December I slipped to page 5 in regular serps but remained on page 1 Caffeine.
The past 2 days, I disappeared from Caffeine and reappeared on the top of page 4. My regular serp ranking also move to the middle of page 4 from the middle of page 5. I think this is it for me. This is not promising news for people who are on page 1 caffeine and have slipped in regular serps in the month of December. Talk about a caffeine tease. Maybe I am the exception because this is mainly affecting my main KW. Google was sending me a lots of traffic for misspellings for my main KW but now I get zilch.
"The past 2 days, I disappeared from Caffeine and reappeared on the top of page 4. The past 2 days, I disappeared from Caffeine and reappeared on the top of page 4"
Every website is different, and what might be the case for you may not be the case for the other 99.9% of websites out there.
Generalizing other people's rankings because yours may have shifted, on a new architecture that has yet to be released, is moot point.
Stop, enjoy the holidays, and come back with fresh ideas on what you will do IF your website is still in those positions after the first week of January. :)
Your assessment is correct. I know we're not even in January yet but my rankings are improving and now I am in the middle of page 3 in Caffeine. So I feel very confident. Everything seems to be normalizing, Google has also started to give me long tails again, and I am getting a trickle of misspellings for my main KW. These are all good indications.
Happy New Year.
"I know that webmasters can get anxious around this time of year, so I wanted to reassure site owners that the full Caffeine roll out will happen after the holidays. Caffeine will go live at one data center so that we can continue to collect data and improve the technology, but I don’t expect Caffeine to go live at additional data centers until after the holidays are over. Most searchers wouldn’t immediately notice any changes with Caffeine, but going slowly not only gives us time to collect feedback and improve, but will also minimize the stress on webmasters during the holidays."
So according to him, the full roll-out will happen "after the holidays"
I am seeing more than a few spammy-looking article sites shooting up to #1 spot. As of 1-3 days ago as a matter of fact.
Ugh. I thought those sites got the boot by G a long time ago?
Maybe this is a new type of personalisation. Google has a sense of humour and is teasing you with stuff it knows will wind you up.
Can anyone confirm or give their opinion on if caffeine is now live or not?
I think the number of competitive sites for searches that you see on the other google's besides the one that Caffeine went live on has to match in order to say that Caffeine has gone live.
Google Updates and SERP Changes - January 2010 [webmasterworld.com]