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Change in UK rankings - buried sites back to page 1



9:12 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi, a lot of my sites jumped back up on Tuesday, sites that were buried down a dozen or so pages appeared back on the first page, my other sites that were ranking on page 1 or 2 have not moved up any further, just the low ranking sites have moved up.

The same thing also happened to another webmaster I talk to, these are all exact match domains, that is the only thing our two sets of sites have in common, otherwise they are all different hosting and different backlinks ect.

Is this happening accross the board to other UK sites?


7:02 am on Jun 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

Google has been erratic over the last 7 days, we are seeing lots of foreign traffic (again)which is the tell tale sign. We also see a lack of Google shopping results for lots of terms that used to rank well.


8:38 am on Jun 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi MrFewkes/Huskypup, the sites we are discussing were all below page 10 in the results for a period of months, last Tuesday they all went back to their previous page 1/2 ranking positions until Saturday when they all bombed again to return on monday back into the light where they currently rest.

It looks like a some sort of group wide penalty was removed to me though this is somewhat speculative.


1:35 pm on Jun 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@driller41: not back yet.....


9:20 am on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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back atm


10:36 am on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yes I have a site that has come back at around 8am today, and at the same time, traffic to the one that came back on the 6th June has been cut by about 20%, and another by 50%. Evidence that Google throttles traffic to webmasters with multiple sites?


1:17 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have a new site, just under 3months old, with exactmatch+1word, it was gradually going up the ranks, was at page5 now buried. I'd added a handful of links recently, a few good quality directories and some forum links (not spam). All links to site had been build using its brand name.


1:18 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, didn't mention, my website is UK based.


5:00 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Over the last couple of days I'm seeing something strange on Google.co.uk

When I search for a highly competitive travel related term I'm seeing my homepage in position 2 but when I login to Google and repeat the same search I'm on page 3.

If I repeat the search on my laptop or any other PC then I only appear on page 3

I only seem to appear in position 2 when I do a search on my main PC and I'm not logged into my Google account. I'm not gaining any traffic from it so it looks like I'm the only one seeing the result in position 2. It is happening on a few search terms.

Anyone else seeing this sort of thing? - seemed to start yesterday.


5:09 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I should add this only occurs when I'm using IE and not Chrome or Firefox.


5:37 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)


Clear your browser cache, Google now has a habit of showing you what they believe you want to see!

I can make my company name and search terms jump in and out of the SERPs easily.


5:43 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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7:50 am on Jun 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your help.

I thought web history only worked when you were logged into Google.


12:41 pm on Jun 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

.co.uk SERPs are a damned mess for my widgets, financial forums and askville ranking above real pages, furthermore a scraper that seemingly has very recently taken a 7 year old de facto trade article of mine, for my widget products I should add as well, and suddenly it is #1 and pushed me to 2nd!

As Stan Laurel said "Here's another nice mess I've gotten you into."


3:25 pm on Jun 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've also noticed an exact match forum that I frequent has been buried in the SERPs. Despite it being the most relevant resource for UK.


8:36 am on Jun 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Ok, hopefully the following chart is ok as I am not revealing any keywords or SERPs, but take a look at this:


This chart shows a number of domains entering the top 100 in Google over the weekend - with high activity since the change on the first Tuesday of June. The thing is......the chart is against 'Pages from the UK' - with all the new entrants hosted outside the UK, not having a .co.uk ccTLD and not being set to UK in GWT.

Is Google trying to eliminate the local element of search? Or is the filter simply 'broken'?

I do think this is an extremely important issue but I doubt we'll get any feedback from Google.


4:06 pm on Jun 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

HI to all.
I also facing the same situation.
Can anyone tell me- what is the benefits or loss of this updates>?
Can i restore my all position as well before.?


10:38 am on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I am really hoping that I'll see my UK rankings recover, they seem to just be getting worse and worse over the last few months. Doing great on Google.com for the same keywords though. Will post back if I find out anything interesting about this or see any improvements.
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