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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.
For those who have reported increases since penguin and panda (or not effected at all), how old are the sites? In my niche most of the older sites +4 years have pretty much disappeared (page 4 or beyond) from the serps. I am only talking about sites that are not major brands or news outlets.
My best guess is that this is happened because (in Google's eyes) I basically abandoned the sites.
In my niche most of the older sites +4 years have pretty much disappeared...
While other big german Price compare site are also suffering and have been moved to page 2.
Could just be kids returning to school though.
As a user, I'd like to see price-comparison pages disappear completely from Google's organic search results. They're just clutter, like the thin-affiliate datafeed pages that clogged Google's SERPs a decade ago.
Unless google plans on similarly dropping their own price comparison sites out of the index, it would seem unfair to push the competition out based solely on the business model.
[edited by: jamesMP at 8:04 am (utc) on Aug 23, 2013]
Might that be a hierarchy (i.e. menu/link structure) issue?