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[edited by: tedster at 2:08 pm (utc) on Feb 1, 2013]
I didn't actually check - and anyway, I should have thought anyone wanting a haircut would search for a barber or hairdresser - but now that I look, I couldn't get a haircut from any of the top ten results
The current penalties seem to affect a lot of people that previously enjoyed favour (not just posters here: as I trawl through to my current page 46 position, I notice that at least half of the sites that used to be vying with me for the top space on page 1 are on e.g page 38 now).
I would love to hear some theories
What could it possibly be?
It is certainly related to short-phrase key-terms. For example, on my site Key Term has gone from the top of page 1 to page 46, but Key Term Prices is at #1, and Specialised Key Term is at #3. This makes 1, 2, 3 and 5 better candidates than 4 and 6.
It won't help to do pages like that yourself unless you are a 'big name' - more likely you will be down-rated in the next penguin update for producing poor quality pages.
is it an 'error' that is likely to be fixed
tedster - why should a machine learning algo degrade all the former realy good sites to page 50+ even if they are white hat and do have a very good UE, metric ...?
Google would have already pointed out that they know changed their system to machine learning algo!
And even a machine learning algo needs some human direction input?!
If you read their comments in a certain way, Amit Singhal and Matt Cutts have been dropping big clues about this for well over a year.
A lot of that goes on even before a new module of the algorithm goes live
I still don't see, either, why previously favoured sites are consistently dropping hundreds of places. It is as if the human input is saying "put a high negative score on whatever we did before".
because I was thinkin "No. What would be really neat is if you just told people what to do to rank #1 so we could all do it instead of puttin clues for people to try and find and figure out how to follow all over the place."
Personally no, I don't want Google to tell anyone how to rank #1, the SERPs are a big enough mess now, just imagine if there were hundreds/thousands of sites in every niche ALL implementing precisely the same/similar strategies?
Then you would see even more complaining with people saying "I've done precisely what you said and so has my competitor however why is he ranking above me?"
[edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 11:37 am (utc) on Feb 18, 2013]
Yes, it's the same in my SERP. In fact only one site is left from the lot I used to comoete against.
I would love to hear some theories why this has happened.