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[edited by: tedster at 7:41 pm (utc) on May 22, 2010]
If I had to guess at a critical change in this algo change right now, I'd guess that backlinks are being scored in a whole new way. I think lots of backlink credit has been wiped out, especially the kind that any webmaster can just dummy up on their own - as opposed to the kind that takes another website thinking your site is worth recommending to their own visitors.
[edited by: tedster at 4:34 am (utc) on May 23, 2010]
First Google would have announced it, and second, this [220.127.116.11...] the original caff, is different from any Google.com I have searched on manually.
Well, walkman, I said it was a guess
To me it looks like everything done in the last 3/6 months has been discounted, which would explain the above. I dont think I'm alone either as there have been similar comments on this thread.
Interestingly, all articles written on Feb 1 and 2 were ranking well. Jan 28,29,20 did not rank at all - while I must say I still could not find a pattern, it is interesting that there was a clear demarcation at this point.
Connecting words (eg: in, at, on, among) seem to be having a lot more relevance now
This pattern seems to include "connecting words" more often - words than might previously have caused the full phrase to be ignored as "a good phrase". The observation points to a shift that is quite complex in the indexing/ranking logic. Maybe something that required more computing power to bring live?
...couldn't this be an indication that the Caffeine rollout is finished?
[edited by: tedster at 11:00 pm (utc) on May 23, 2010]
[edited by: tedster at 11:02 pm (utc) on May 23, 2010]
[edit reason] no specific search terms, please [/edit]
" A site we manage dropped from #2/3 to #11/12 for a few top KW's that we mainly build inbound links for. "
Were you #2/3 last year or did you build that with the new links this year?
3) Connecting words (eg: in, at, on, among) seem to be having a lot more relevance now. There were quite a few instances when I could not find my page for 'red widgets usa' but ranked within the first two pages for 'red widgets in usa'.