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There is certainly a disconnect/time lag between Google spidering site changes and those changes taking effect, and with the "rolling Panda" and Penguin (in which remote changes may impact your site) it really is getting impossible to get a clear idea of what is going on.
[edited by: CaptainSalad2 at 8:12 am (utc) on Aug 15, 2013]
Anyway these sites have been knocked back a little today, sites without backlinks that focus on onsite SEO pushed WAY back and replaced (in many cases) with programme generated, drag and drop DIY sites lightly targeting the service/area with a vague reference if that in 3/4 paragraphs of text. Failing on every point above I work into my sites.
Basically every on page quality signal you can think of looks like its being ignored for something?
Just glad im in the process of working my way out of the SEO/web design business because I cant support my very young family or make any sort of long or even medium term decisions based on the instability... and frankly random nature of the little organic traffic left on page one! Good luck to anyone who relies on this barbecue!
[edited by: CaptainSalad2 at 11:20 am (utc) on Aug 15, 2013]
Google [are] now... telling people how they should design / manage their site
[edited by: aakk9999 at 4:16 pm (utc) on Aug 15, 2013]
[edit reason] ToS, removed niche specifics [/edit]
Everything that had been told what to do after penguin/panda was plain babble
we are running a service website with lots of good quality data. We actually do service for people, but don't charge -- all our monetization is from Adsense.