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Google Updates and SERP Changes - September 2012

     
2:06 am on Sep 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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< continued from [webmasterworld.com...] >

Historically we never saw drastic drops due to holidays...except this year, when the now daily everflux drops just happen to coincide with a holiday.

[edited by: tedster at 5:33 am (utc) on Sep 1, 2012]

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BT had a major issue in the Midlands yesterday (UK), I was hoping that may explain the poor day yesterday but no, today is worse. Rankings appear fine, just no traffic!
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>Rankings appear fine, just no traffic!

Have you eliminated the aspect of personalised search, which may show to you ranking as good?
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Yes, I've checked with various tools & had others check too. WE appear fine in the SERP's, however, what we see (personalised or not) is NOT what our customers see! Only they & Google know that!
12:42 pm on Sept 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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To back OhNo up - I can (and have) check his key phrases from here in the states and they are essentially the same as what he sees in the UK. He can check mine (and has) as well and I'll bet this mornings first cup of coffee that he finds exactly what I see.
I am also experiencing the same phenomenon. Good positions in the serps, slightly increasing traffic levels (G says + 25%, but that doesn't jibe with the graphs) yet terrible traffic quality. No buyers.
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one of my site with traffic about 2K day from Google, lost all rankings today. All this time it ranked fine.

The only thing I can say that the problem might be godaddy DNS recent problems. but I do not have their hosting...

How do you think, can godaddy DNS problems may have made problems with Google for my website?

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In my stat program I can see what people have searched for and I sometimes click on it and go to the se it came from. Interestingly this morning when I click on some search terms, I don't see the same results. In my stat program I can see the position but for some terms they don't mat h at all, not even close which lead me to believe that they have a lot of results they can show anywhere and to anybody at any time. Nothin.g new there but the term is a highly competitive term
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Hello Guys,
This info will be interesting who lost 100% of their rankings last 2 days. It might be the problem coused by godaddy problems . and after they solve the DNS Problems and google crawles our sites again, we may get the rankings back...

check here: [news.yahoo.com...]

Here a small quote: "The more problematic part is that any domain registered with GoDaddy that uses its nameservers and DNS records are also down. That means that even if you host your site elsewhere, using GoDaddy for DNS means it is inaccessible."

This means when google crawled the websites and saw that they have problem, it might drop their rankings!

When all trouble finishes, we may get the rankings back!

[edited by: tedster at 7:12 pm (utc) on Sep 12, 2012]

3:41 pm on Sept 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Very, very quiet today.
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@panthro, yep. Really friggin quiet. I think I should just get some wp sites, generate some pages and don't spend any time fretting it they do hood or not. With Goog you never know. They might hit pay dirt for a month or so and if they don't, oh well
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Regarding the domain name issues...
GoDaddy also runs Wild West Domains and I believe Domains Priced Right. Mine were all registered originally on GD, then moved to WW, now they reside on DPR. They all use name servers located on my hosting system which is NOT related to GD in any way. So, I doubt that explains today's continued slump.

What it could be is that any good sites that point to you are down or re-propagating, causing an indirect loss of traffic. It's always something, never nothing.
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Agreed on very quiet today...I think the quietest in years. Something obviously brewing.
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One huge pharmacy company I work with still had DNS problems but I am not sure that it effects my sites. I have all sites registered at GD and I have noticed that when a site goes down Goog is quick to devalue the site but not as quick bringing it back
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No GD sites here.
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Very slow today across all sites too. I was wondering why the phones were ringing less than usual. Good thing I doubled my AdWords budget... I'm sure G is upset about that and didn't mean for that to happen or anything when they rolled out their algo's.

...sarcasm...
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I'm seeing significant changes today too, but in the opposite direction. Traffic is up about 30% so far...
5:47 pm on Sept 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@ Sand - what type of site(s) are you talking about (if you don't mind me asking)?
5:52 pm on Sept 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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One one of our US ecom sites we are seeing about +5%. Nothing major.

One of our heavily panda'd sites (down about 90% overall) is up around 10-15% from weeks prior.
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I only have one that's seeing a lift, and it's an informational site in a pretty competitive niche.
6:09 pm on Sept 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My sites that use Godday DNS have been up and running since 21.34 hrs ( WebmasterWorld server time ) on the 10 th Sept..as reported in [webmasterworld.com...] ..and I have full access to all control panels there ( regged another 5 names last night ) ..don't know why people keep trying to say that anything since then is down to Godaddy ..
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I'm not trying to say anything... just saying what is written on yahoo news site.

[webmasterworld.com...]

and this

"That means that even if you host your site elsewhere, using GoDaddy for DNS means it is inaccessible."

is enough reason for google to have you out of rankings for some time.

Fortunately it Seems not all GD accounts and domains were affected.

[edited by: tedster at 7:13 pm (utc) on Sep 12, 2012]

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No movements today... quiet before the storm?
My SERPS are stable, all main keywords in 450+ position after a week dancing around (+300, -350).
7:26 pm on Sept 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I think so splugged. Too many odd things happening. Fingers crossed it's good news this time
7:35 pm on Sept 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I hope, Jez. I hope...

This is the 4th month without traffic (or very low) from G.
Without a logical explanation...

Finger crossed...
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Traffic is up by about 18% over the last week and earnings up by about 30% over the same period. Now and the next six months are prime times for my key site but the recent increases are above the average. I'm more than happy with the last week.
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Wolv23 LOL!

"Very slow today across all sites too. I was wondering why the phones were ringing less than usual. Good thing I doubled my AdWords budget... I'm sure G is upset about that and didn't mean for that to happen or anything when they rolled out their algo's."

I turned off my Pay Per Click for all clients cause the algo sucks, the company does the same, why bother having it on when it's ALL (everything) broken at google.
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Worst 5 days in a row ever!
@Jez123 - I'd love to join you in being optimistic, but after 5 months of constant slide, they might as well just throw the last few shovel fulls of dirt on me and dance a little jig on my grave.
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You know there are enough people here that surely a few people should be able to solve Panda and Penquin. My site has grown with rapid growth for several years. I was able to pretty accurately predict traffic each month. Now since the spring its up and down but never great and usually not close to what I expect. Look at the names they chose. Both are black and white. Internet growth has continually done well while brick and mortor businesses have taken a hit by the economy. But E commerce has continued to grow, until now? With Google having so much of the market share of the search engine market they somewhat control e commerce. So is this really a bigger move by Google than just changing an algorithm. Look at it, I bet almost every site is down 15% or more. Why would they want to slow growth?
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@Awarn

Look at it, I bet almost every site is down 15% or more.


This is not true at all. There are plenty of sites that have seen increased traffic. You just won't see too many of them being very vocal about it on here.
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Snowman's right - when you have a pile of VC, there's no reason to complain. Most others are probably just astounded that the one photo and one thin sentence they slapped up are ranking #1.
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This is not true at all. There are plenty of sites that have seen increased traffic. You just won't see too many of them being very vocal about it on here.


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