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Google Updates and SERP Changes - July 2012

     
4:36 pm on Jun 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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A lot of my keyword SERPs dropped a page today - totally out of the blue. They have been going up and up in SERPs steadily all this year with no panda or penguin impacts. I havent changed anything on my home page and no new spammy links, so I *guess* it's a google algorithm change?! I doubt its a penalty as the drop would have been even more severe.

Anyone else in the UK seen something similar today?

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11:45 am on July 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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How many others are seeing really bad G UK SERPs or is it just the construction sector?

UK recession: Fall in construction hits UK GDP [bbc.co.uk...]
What a muddle. On the face of it economic output has tumbled by much more than expected In the second quarter this year.

But the ONS has admitted there is a lot more uncertainty than usual because of the bad weather and the extra bank holiday.

Output is falling, yet jobs are being created in the economy, as last week's labour market data demonstrated. The business organisation the CBI says it thinks the economy is flat rather than negative.

What's really going on? We can say with certainty that the UK economy is not in a good place. As to what really happened between April and June, we may have to wait another year or more till all the revisions have taken place.
[bbc.co.uk...]
Globally there is much disturbance and volatilty - not just the UK. But Google just rolls on.
11:56 am on July 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@whitey, "Somones bread, someone's dead" in relation to Google.
5:29 pm on July 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Seeing some movement today.

My main site disappeared for a while from page 1 and now it's bopping up and down back on pg 1.

Notice a lot of long tail searches today too.

Anyone else notice any action?
6:59 pm on July 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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As of today most of my article pages have been filtered down, dropping from page 1 to around pages 20 to 50. Sometimes the site's index page outranks the article. Only a couple of articles still hold their previous ranking.

It's a query specific filter: "blue widgets" has been dropped but "blue widget" may still rank.

I am totally clueless as to what has happened and why.
9:46 pm on July 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I am noticing changes with the "plurals" too since the 24-25th.
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It's too early to have a total result for today but so far it's been pretty good (knock on wood!) but here's what baffles me and has for a while. Before, back in the good old days I could see within a minute lots of different searches/keywords that people used to go to my site through Google, but now there are just a few variations of a 3-4 word phrase and it keeps repeating with the words more or less "scambled". I still get a diverse of search queries from Bing and Yahoo just not as many as I would like.
Is it just me or have Google got me in some sort of "search cluster/category cluster" and that's where I show up?
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After the latest Panda "In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed..." messages are all over tech-related SERPs I monitor. 1st pages are a mix of scrapers and retailers. In particular my positions are replaced with the same scraped content republished weeks after the original.

It's weird that Google has this unresolved bug in their algo for more than a year.
6:34 pm on July 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Does changing in your ip affect ranking?
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I have a mini site that used to sell affiliate products. Then the original mfr decided to sell the products on their own site instead of using resellers and asked me to take down the site.

I obliged and now the site is just a placeholder site and ranking no. 1

Before that, the site ranked no. 2 or 3.

Good job Big G.
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Yep, once you got rid of those poison affiliate links your site reached it's full potential, lol.
8:32 am on July 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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What on earth has gone down in the UK today?

I've seen a site drop a huge amount.

Penguin?
8:45 am on July 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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There is definitely a lot of movement in the UK SERPs this morning. Possibly a Panda refresh? Some sites may have cleaned up their link profiles and now have a higher ranking.
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yes seeing a big drop in UK traffic - in fact a big drop of UK traffic accross multiple platforms, my main commerce sites, some of my blogs and on ebay. sometimes it feels like this is the result of economics and social rather than google and web. traffic crawling along at 30% of normal.... maybe there are ONLY 30% of normal UK visitors online. I hope it bounces back up tommorow - else it's just another nail in the coffin for my 12 year old company.
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I've stopped analyzing and agonizing over what's happening on Google. It's like trying to figure out the pattern of ripples in a river, you'll never succeed in finding a rhyme or reason. Happily, things keep rolling along with a slow improvement over the past month.
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It's funny to see 4 Altavista SERPs (powered by Yahoo/Bing) on the 1st Google SERP for a tech related query.
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@backdraft7, I totally agree. We are all guessing and we'll never figure it out. Everyone is seeing different things and nothing makes sense anymore a.d that's how Google want it. Maybe we should have one thread for each tho.g we notice so we can get to the bottom with one tho.g at a time.
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It's like trying to figure out the pattern of ripples in a river...

backdraft7 - You're closer than you think.

...you'll never succeed in finding a rhyme or reason.

This may be where you're giving up too easily.

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