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Google is no longer following my robots.txt file. It has indexed hundreds of pages that I have disallowed.
Generally it's best to make any changes when SERPs are stable, never within an update due to panic!
[edited by: tedster at 7:43 pm (utc) on May 13, 2010]
If we are not able to at least get a rough idea of how we are "really" ranking across the board then how can we know how much work needs to be done to move up the SERPs.
I would think that if you built a site with great on-site and off-site SEO (along with Google trust)then your rankings should not be all over the place compared to other sites. From this simple testing it seems that at least the #1 site is the only consistent site for pretty much everyone.
[edited by: Shaddows at 8:07 am (utc) on May 19, 2010]
Geo- and other- targeting is now prevalent. It is core, rather than peripheral. It is no longer results-modification, but results-building
I start to think that Google may be telling us something: "we are killing SEO seriously and the only thing we want YOU webmasters to do is create quality websites and stop fooling around with your technical "shizzle""
[edited by: anand84 at 10:19 am (utc) on May 19, 2010]
[edited by: tedster at 3:34 pm (utc) on May 19, 2010]
[edited by: walkman at 10:39 am (utc) on May 19, 2010]