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Google Results - time for updates to show is slowing down?

8:46 am on Jun 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Despite Google Webmaster Tools saying all pages are indexed from submitted site map on our accountancy firms website, google search servers donít seem to be showing updated results anywhere near as fast as they use to. This includes change to titles, descriptions, rich snippets and content.

So from GWT it looks like they are indexing just as fast, itís just the results index is not being processed as quickly.

Also seeing more and more sync issues with their servers. Some queries often produce older titles than others Ė including updates to places company names.

Perhaps the new algorithms are much heavier to process when google create their results index from the spidered content?! Or perhaps it's just me?

Intererested to hear if anyone else has noticed this?
11:09 am on June 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I've noticed the same thing. But, slowdowns occur only sometimes and last about 10 hours. After that, SERPs updates are very fast, with new pages indexed in a couple of minutes.

The last time I noticed the time gap was yesterday.
11:34 am on June 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I can confirm on this, after my April panda hit, crawl rate is worse(half of what used to be before April), and thus my page updates are also worse than before.

Alex997 have you been affected by panda? Maybe the lower crawl rate just hits panda-hit websites.
12:03 pm on June 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Actually our accountancy website SERPs got better after Panda. Penguin they seem to have stayed the same.

Results cache date regularity seem very inconsistent - especially for title and rich snippet updates.

PageRank across the site is between 3 and 4, which usually results in daily or at least weekly cache refreshes. Currently I am only seeing updates every couple of weeks (weekly for the home page which use to be daily). GWT reports indexing 100% of the pages within 1-2 days of submitting a new sitemap though. And the crawl stats graphs are on the up and up every week/month.

I put rich snippet author code onto all of our blog articles too several weeks ago and despite having newish cache dates only about 1 in 10 show the author picture.

I have heard when google slows down that a big update is about to happen. Perhaps it's the google local plus migration slowing down the google servers?
12:31 pm on June 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Maybe there's some kind of content profile to it as well? Obviously they are trying to get news results faster. I have event sites, and new events get indexed very fast, within minutes. Those are probably profiled by Google as being date/time sensitive.

But on my personal site, it can be a few hours to a day or two (same with client's ecommerce sites when I make a change or add a product)

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