Anyone else seeing a new bias in favor of EMD's lately
No, but I see more Pinterest crap within the 10 first results. A new bias in favor of KNOWN copyright violators. Pinterest is a huge scraper type site and still Google thinks it deserves a place on the first page of the serps.
Have experienced an approx. 10% traffic increase with very noticeable ranking improvement starting 1/9. This is a Panda 1.0 ecom site that has gone nowhere but down since then so I'm not used to posting about increases. EMD's were mentioned this week but this is not an EMD.
WMT shows a big drop on traffic metrics: 36% drop in impressions, 45% drop in clicks, and 22% drop in phrases returning a page 1 result (avg. position <=10, although this last measure is always a bit suspect).
Backlinks haven't changed much.
The WMT stats are month-on-month, so a lot of this could be the Christmas period (what I supply isn't at the top of everyone's Search agenda when they are on holiday) coupled with January (which is always a slow month). It doesn't look quite so grim in my server logs, but I am not planning a last-minute skiing holiday on the strength of those either.
I can't remember the last time the SERPs in my niches were so static for so long. New sites don't seem to have been getting listed for some time either. I wonder if it's got anything to do with regulatory issues?
My website which has been online since 2004 and was considered a 'power portal' for the industry I'm in has reached new lows today! Note my website is an exact match domain keyword-keyword-keyword.com but as I said it has been there for years and years and over the years has accumulated lots of great links from sites which use my website as a reference.
I've already lost most rankings for many keywords in the last few penguin/panda updates... now I've had the final blow on my main keyword for the domain.
My website seems now to be on the 12th page in google for its primary keyword.
What is happening - has there been another google update over the past couple of days? It was showing on the first page just days ago. This is just absurd - the site still ranks great on bing/yahoo but is nowhere to be found on google now! There just seems to be an evil hand out there trying its best to put us out of business.
in WMT my "not selected" pages dropped significantly
I had that happen as well. It went from 2,111,750 "not selected" on December 23 down to 134,245 on Dec 30. I was hoping it was some sort of indicator that we'd be getting a reprieve from Panda after a bunch of changes I'd done in December, but if others are seeing it as well I'm guessing that's not the case (bummer).
@kheadley i've no idea, i constantly remove duplicate content, but i haven't done any big changes which could be the cause. One thing i do know is that, when i was first hit by PANDA, my "not selected" pages hit the sky. I was hoping it can be the opposite now: maybe PANDA is leaving. But as i see others experienced the same, so it might just be some changes on google's side.
Just to follow up on my post last week, today I have noticed all rankings in Google Australia have become more stable, no more fluctuation so far. No same domain results as well, looks more normal to me
FYI - regarding the change in "not selected" numbers that many of us are seeing, I spoke to my Google rep yesterday and told him about it. He's going to look into it to see if he get any info on what changed exactly. I'll report back if finds anything meaningful.