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Google Updates my site nearly everyday in search

     
1:15 am on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My website seems to be updated on a daily basis by Google robots. And in the search results it sometimes shows "5 hours ago" in the results, and no other sites do this. The example is below:

[page title]
Mar 4, 2010 ... [description snippet] ...
www.example.com/ - 5 hours ago - Cached - Similar

Does anybody know why this would be? We are also part of Google News but the above is not our Google News listing.

Thanks in advance

[edited by: tedster at 2:29 am (utc) on Mar 5, 2010]
[edit reason] made the example generic [/edit]

2:59 am on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Your site is getting favorable treatment here - you're not alone, but it is only a small subset of all websites that Google considers important to watch for frequent updates. Be happy!
8:37 pm on Mar 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Other sites do get this, google just thinks that your site is changing enough for it to need updating daily.
12:10 am on Mar 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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yesh, it is "normal" enough - our site has some pages that get updated every few hours too, sometimes 2-3 times a day, others that are updated every 10-12 days, and most somewhere between 1-10 days. You can often see this for the home pages of sites.
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most likely due to fresh(ish) content, regular updates or simply the word 'News'.
8:23 pm on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This is a good thing. Too many others weep that google is not spidering/updating their sites often enough.
8:30 pm on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If you are a news site then they will visit a lot, our listing is usually never more than 30 mins old on the site that runs a story every few minutes but will be once a day on the site that only put out about 10 per day.
11:13 pm on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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On our forum I have seen updates in between 1 and 2 hours. On our main site it is more like 1-2 days.
12:41 am on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have some sites that have this daily or better update too. Occasionally a few days are skipped while Google runs other processes.

On those sites, there's an interesting effect if you link out to a low-quality or spam site. The daily cache update for the page with the low-quality outgoing link stalls, no more cache updates. After a few more days the cache date for the page jumps back at least a few days to an earlier version. Removing the low-quality link from the page then sees the cache updates restarting again within a matter of days. It's an interesting effect to watch.
5:36 am on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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All of your responses have been very helpful. Thank you! The reason I do have some concern is that our search engine rankings have been deteriorating a bit lately and I am trying to determine why that might be. We are still decent, but not as good as before, and in my opinion, we should be at the top for certain search terms.

Any thoughts and thank you again, this has been very good.
5:42 am on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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To g1smd,

Can you please expand the potential negative impact of what you describe in your response. We somtimes link to websites that may not have a high page rank. What could this do?

[edited by: tedster at 6:06 am (utc) on Mar 10, 2010]
[edit reason] removed specific market information [/edit]