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[edited by: tedster at 12:41 pm (utc) on May 1, 2013]
A clearer picture post 4/15 is that search behavior changed for a time. We can now see it clearly through other channels. Yet the return to normal business was faster with bing. Bing is also picking up new pages faster.
Alternate referrers are increasing. Comparison engines are way up. I think this is the first time I can say in our vertical user behavior may be changing.
Maybe it was the webmasters that made google number one and not google that made the webmasters.
One question I have still? How hard/ why can't g detect and not display defunct amazon pages that indicate the product will never be back in stock? IE a brand forced someone off amazon? Why does that shell page still rank 1 or 2 and why does everything from amazon rank near the top? Don't people just go to amazon? Why must G give them the bonus bump?
Maybe it was the webmasters that made google number one and not google that made the webmasters
I worked on a number of sites where manufacturers pulled their products from Amazon, only to be outranked by their own "not available" Amazon listings even years later.
All that pep talk about quality, good content and thin pages is a joke.
These days you can rank pages with a title, 5 words and a photo.
All you need to rank in image results is a big image in a standard aspect ratio with the words on the page.
But the "joke" in this case is that Panda was supposed to reduce content farms and thin content, and Penguin was supposed to reduce spam, and both of these problems have actually gotten worse - from a searcher perspective, not a webmaster. Either both algos were incredible failures, or Google's stated purpose for them was incomplete or misleading.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 12:28 am (utc) on May 21, 2013]
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[edited by: tedster at 2:29 am (utc) on May 21, 2013]
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Google is losing people fast I think. For the first time in the 15+ year history of this site Microsoft is taking a significant share of organic. Up to almost 1/3 vs 1/6th pre 4-15.