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10:26 pm on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I just found this little nugget whilst search for something completely unrelated.

#2 Post from Google employee.

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That's pretty clear admission they are hitting sites they don't mean to imo.

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2:50 pm on Oct 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Lately I'm noticing an increase in queries with pluses e.g this+is+an+example. I don't know if I'm getting this traffic because G has removed the + operator, or if there is a change somewhere else.
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bloard: Exactly, My site has one on business and one on yahoo which I believe have been devalued.

It seems odd that at the same day that we experienced our Oct 14 massacre that a lot of the inner pages of business.com have been de-indexed or greybarred.

Can anyone else confirm this?
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I have to admit it has been years since I checked, so this may have been the case for a long while... but the Yahoo Directory pages my site is listed on is graybar for PR.

And the Dmoz site isn't. My sites that are Dmoz listed and not Yahoo listed didn't suffer on Oct 14. My site that is Yahoo Directory listed did. Maybe a coincidence.

But if a backlink profile was heavily dependent on a Yahoo Directory or other historically strong directory listing, then that link was devalued on a given date (say Oct 14), a slip of 4-5 positions across the board would make some sense. Let me get checking some other sites in Yahoo without huge backlink profiles and see if they dipped.

[UPDATE] I just went through an entire category in the Yahoo Directory with a fairly trusted search metric tool and can't find a correlation between any October 14 and a change in rankings for most of the site in that category.
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bloard: Thanks for that. Can I ask you to do the same for business.com? Specifically the finance side.

Thanks.
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Ya I have noticed the queries with+that+as+a+search too and never really saw them much before. Weird stuff going on. Well sounds like firefox is starting to use bing on the new browser. Let's hope momentum gains against Google and we can get the serps back to stable. I know I switched to bing, thats for sure.
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something going on today ? 29-30 Oct ?
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something going on today ? 29-30 Oct ?


Yeah some movements , and I dont know if its me but it feels like a lot of the movements for the past 2 weeks have been caused by optimization and the way the algo is looking at it, and not quality of content at all. My thoughts are on very sensitive Over Optimization down rankings. Like i saw someone mentioning earlier "Google wants us to de-optimizate our sites" , and all those shake ups make a lot of sense . I am just trowing wild guesses here. Oh and by the way something funny , check all rankings for 950-1000 its all about blogspot and wordpress lol !
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optimization and the way the algo is looking at it, and not quality of content at all


If you look at the Google Blog post entitle "More guidance on building high-quality sites" its fairly easy to see how to much optimisation = lower quality content. "Quality" is just being measured differently. Its a bit like a recipe, put just a little too much salt in it and you spoil the dish completely.

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I've seen three members complain about being removed from the index today - which seems unnaturally high. Anyone else seeing this?

You can see the threads below
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5:11 pm on Oct 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We have seen a later traffic flux (but not as deep) than the previous iterations of Oct. 13th and 20th. Seems the last iteration was rolling out around the 30th. Long tail keywords remain slightly down, primary keywords up. Let us hope this 30th iteration recovers as well as the 13th and 20th.

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Wow, I have seems some complete rubbish results. A keyword phrase that I often check, now sees the first 5 organic listings from one site. I'm seeing many uk site also. It's crazy. I've been watching closely, so this isn't a random observation. I'm actually at the point of getting sick of this. Caring about this is approaching for me, a total waste of my time and effort. Period.
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I removed “TOP” from the bottom of each page on my site and today it's in the top 10. I believe that was the only change I made. (Thought Google might find it "spammy.")
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I see several new pages in the top 20 for a very competitive financial phrase that don't have the phrase anywhere in the html and have empty title/description fields. The pages rank due to hundreds of recent links on spammy made-for-backlinks blogs (all of the blogs are nearly identical). I can't believe this still works, but given that the phrase is no where to be found in the html, it makes for an interesting case study of how backlink anchor text (or lack thereof) can impact rankings.
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somehow, a dozen or so similar blogs, all about advertising, smoking, interior design, computer software, etc, are showing up for at least one major 2-word financial phrase. Completely unrelated notepad pages or "this is just another wordpress blog". This seems like an exploit, I just don't know a lot about it. I wish I could be more specific, but I am shocked. Most of these blogs are ranked page 4 to page 7 as of now.
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I have given up on Google. I just can't figure out WTH they are doing. It just keeps going up and down and up and down and there is no way of telling why. Today is probably the worst day so far since February :(
It looks like the ones they do send, don't spend a lot of time on the site. Not sure what's that about but maybe the keywords does not match exactly what they are looking for...?
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I don't know if this is common or not, but i just saw a Bing SERP appear on position 9 for a pretty large term.
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forgot to mention that the term is not related to anything bing does...

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