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[edited by: tedster at 4:54 am (utc) on Apr 1, 2012]
I saw a recent post where several sites were asking about their search rankings. The short explanation is that it turns out that our classifier for parked domains was reading from a couple files which mistakenly were empty. As a result, we classified some sites as parked when they weren't.
Applause for Google John and Mr Cutts for admitting and fixing a problem.
joined:June 3, 2007
Some searches show 4 times the same domain within the first 6 results.
Most users are happy with the SERPs.
the results are no where near as good as they used to be 6 or 7 years ago, but the average Joe has not noticed this decline, and Google has dramatically changed the relationship they have with the searcher, at the moment the query is made.
joined:Apr 4, 2012
More interesting was the peek into Google's backend system that this allowed.
After my site got removed from the SERPs yesterday, it came back today, but on the 5th page. It seems like a -50 penalty.