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Google Updates and SERP Changes - January 2013

     
6:53 am on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing our old zombie traffic since the end of the year. So we'll have a slow week, then like clockwork things will be back to normal next week or so.

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Has there been an update on the 10th Jan? I have seen a few drops for people on the 10th Jan, There has been abit of flux on that day too.

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Has anyone seen anything?

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2:00 am on Jan 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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is there some sort of nasty update rolling out atm? our google traffic has just gone from around 40% of all traffic to under 25%... maybe worse. oh this doesn't look good...
4:06 am on Jan 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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hmmmm... not sure what it was, but things seem back to "normal", for now.
5:29 am on Jan 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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peego, rankings are fluctuating badly lately (that explains the traffic going up and down), i can still see them now. i am monitoring over 100 keywords on various Google datacenters that is why i know
10:46 am on Jan 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing quite dramatic changes in SERPs today, I suspect quite a major update of some sort is crunching... too early to tell if it's Panda.
11:13 am on Jan 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing some changes in my SERPs nothing major though but seemingly in the right direction. It's difficult to tell as what you see one time you may not see the next.
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I suspect a big change has happend Im seeing big changes today In the UK, results up and down, i have a very strong number 1 keyword that's bouncing all over the place

Like others i tracking around 150 keywords in the UK and nothing is stable, also seeing a lot of unknown sites and low quality sites floating in and out of the index ..
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I don't think this is Penguin. Not sure what but I don't think it's penguin yet
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I've checked dozens of keyterms on around 20 sites today. Seen a major ranking downgrade on 1 site and not much else. Could be panda, in a way I hope it is, easiest to fix
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I'm seeing quite dramatic changes in SERPs today,


Me too and definitely not for the better for my Coppermine gallery again. I've stopped uploading images to it since, for whatever reason, Google's no longer returing them in the SERPs.

I have absolutely no intention of reconstructing this site on another CMS therefore I'll just leave it and see if it dies! That's quite unbelievable considering the thousands of unique images it has ... well done Google, that doesn't go very far into either organising the world's information nor being a knowledge engine for my widgets which are used on every continent!
2:24 pm on Jan 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Panda going after the article & blog networks again possibly?
2:26 pm on Jan 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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No doubt, something is going on... I hope is Penguin!
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I don't think some of the ranking drops on some of my sites are penalty related, I think it is more a de-indexing of content from other sources which had backlinks pointing to my website. Remove the article from the index and the backlink becomes obsolete, resulting in a ranking drop.

I do a lot of article marketing and noticed significant drops in rank of about 30-40% of my keywords, although not completely disastrous as my quality backlinks are keeping my website ticking over. Time to find more quality backlinks I think.

I could be wrong though (I have been before).
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Can you also see the rankings disappearing and coming back again on some keywords that you are all monitoring?
5:12 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Keyword traffic for two well-linked pages are down quite a bit since this morning. Those two pages have always been the ones that get linked to by educational sources. Teachers use them in their material and one of the pages have been mentioned in educational books.

Those two pages have lost traffic today and also Dec 21.

I'm guessing this is a panda update.

Nothing seems to break the site out of the panda monster. After being down since early 2011, the site finally had gains in August, September, October, November and then WAM! December comes along and smacks it down and again a smack down today. It's still not as low as it was back in July 2012, but it's pretty close since the summer is when kids are off school so there is a lot less traffic. I'd hate to see what type of traffic numbers this site gets when kids are out of school in the summer if things don't turn around quickly.

Site is over 8 years old and it feels like it's only 6 months old now. Eight years worth of quality links gone, it feels like.
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Is there any update in Google UK? I am working on 2 sites and suddenly all keywords going down on Google UK SERPs. 2 to 11, 22 to 54 and more..
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8:59 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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My Penguin hit site has seen an improvement in some of its SERPs. I don't think the update is Penguin though. I don't know what's going on - it may just be flux to all settle back after the update is done.

Is anyone else seeing Penguin improvements? Mine may just be moving up due to others moving down.
9:20 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I see lots of changes in my websites Search Engine rankings.
9:53 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys
I see my site's 4 keywords that I track going well down
first keyword from 27 to 308
second from 33 to 65
third from 28 to 52
fourth from 70 to 92
And all this from spot 3 on page one for my best keyword before the music started .

Don't know what game they are playing but its time for me to forget google and move on.
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I have an Australian Projects.Last Night,17th Jan I noticed that my SERPs was majorly fluctuate.Infact my 80% project ranking was badly dropped on the position 1 to 800.I was shocked....Hey guys have you noticed this fluctuation on your keywords ranking?
10:11 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I am now pretty confident this is a Panda update (UK).

I awoke this morning to quite different results, indicative of how I would expect sites to progress following a Panda update.

What I'm not sure about is whether or not it's finished....
11:16 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Pretty significant changes in the areas we hang out in -

Fair amount of sites were not familiar with jumped right up into prime time.

Lots and lots of multiple entries (3, 4, seen a few 5's) for same site.

All in all pretty big changes, bit of a different look to it all actually.
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My surge forward is dropping back again. It didn't surge forward enough to make a difference on my penguin site so I don't really care but I supect a loosening of filters before re applying them pretty much where they were.
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Yes, its some update from sure. I lost all the ranking to the 3-4 page now :(
running after the sources from where i can get exact what actually going on.
12:27 pm on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Google told me there was no update.
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I experienced nothing to my PANDA hit site. The last 7-8 PANDA-s all affected it, so i think there isn't any PANDA related update going on.
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Google told me there was no update.


What definition of the word "update" is suiting them these days?
2:28 pm on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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What definition of the word "update" is suiting them these days?


In my humble opinion I would say announcement on successful completion of an update.

It would be unwise to announce each update as it started in case of failure, as would make them look bad.

Something is definitely crunching...
2:38 pm on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I think there was an update in the last 12 hours...
2:43 pm on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yeah,still going down ,its not finished just yet
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