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[edited by: tedster at 5:49 pm (utc) on Mar 1, 2010]
[edit reason] split from earlier thread [/edit]
does randomly changing title attributes effect SERP in any way?
But of course i did the random change in the hope that it might help my pages rank better in google... So it might be considered "spam" .
I've been ranked #5, #4, #3, #2 and now #1.
I have found that my rankings have gone up, but my traffic is gone down.That's probably because there is no way you could have known all the rankings of all the thousands of long tail keywords you were getting traffic from, even if only 1 click per day. Once the trickle-down of long tail keywords dries up, your overall traffic would be down because a few good ranking keywords cannot carry the day just by themselves.
This happens because with a super low crawl rate most of long tail URLs will not be reindexed, have no cache or an old cache and drop from the index.Well, that's the thing: I cannot say that the crawl rate is anything out of the ordinary. Certainly not "super low crawl rate". I do see a bit of an issue with indexing - I've been always checking the freshness of the home page's index. Although it varies on different sites, most had their homepage visited and cache updated daily. On my largest site I have seen the homepage cache date updated 2-3 times a day. Right after the traffic dropped on March 15th, the homepage cache dates have been rolled back 7 to 10 days and are no longer updating daily. They've been sort of catching up and now hover at March 18th to 25th (it's March 29th as I'm writing this).
I have 10 long-tailed (4 KW's) phrases that account for most of the trafficI'm no purist when it comes to SEO related terms but I think your definition of long tail keywords differs from mine. I've no idea if mine is more correct but for the purpose of this discussion I think we should settle on one.
When you say your crawl rate is not out of the ordinary, what metrics are you monitoring? Just your homepage?Oh no, most certainly not just the homepage. I process my logs locally on my workstation using VISITORS Web Log Analyzer [hping.org] and I'm looking at its "Googled Pages" metric. I am also paying (much less) attention to the "Adsensed Pages" metric for the other bot. Visitors has limitations in that it does not break Gbot visits by day but you get a total for the time period being processed and you get a nice list of the latest X visits. I usually look at the last 1,500 Gbot visits. Most of the time it comes for really deep pages.
difference in the results between the caffeine results and the regular Google results is slowly getting less and less as time goes on