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Google Updates and SERP Changes - May 2014

     
1:18 pm on May 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I know its Labour Day around the world but my god is quiet today, wouldnt be surprised if an update has rolled out also.
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As far as I can tell noting here in the USA yet.. My sites still seems to be affected the same they always where..
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I was reading here a lot in the past days.
But honestly i can not see anything happen on my projects.

Two of them in a massive penguin trap but have been totally cleaned up in the last month. With all the cleaned backlink structure, new organic grown links from good ressources and really excellent content, written by pros i expect to be released from this god damned bird.

As a result i hope that this what happens is NOT the penguin, maybe some tests but not the final update.

Are here some penguin affected users with cleaned up link profile seeing absolute nithing as well?
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I been cleaning links for 2 years and clean a really large amount and disavowed the rest.. I see nothing..
1:12 pm on May 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing differences between google.com and google.co.uk, and for the terms I have tried they seem to be in opposite polarity (in the sense that for any given term my pages are now doing much better in one or other, but not both).
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The difference for me is 2 pages between the two... On google.com page 25 and in the UK page 23
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Like others, we're experiencing many gains in search position across several sites in related markets. Many high volume phrases moving from 7-10th, up to 1-3rd. The new amount of referral traffic is astounding.

I still see this not as penguin or panda, but a dialing back of brand relevance. In our niche (usa, product buying guides) we've noticed that the big-brands are no longer dominating the top 5 results.

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I don't think it's penguin either. I think the only movement my site is seeing is where eBay are dropping. We shall see though.
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I think the only movement my site is seeing is where eBay are dropping.


Not in my sector: eBay were never there.
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I am seeing something big (like others are seeing). I was hit with Panda 1 (and subsequent panda visits). I was always of the very strong opinion that I had very strong content & was somehow "mistakenly" taken down again and again by panda. I watched my site go from 1st result and first page for thousands of search terms to no longer in the top 5 pages. Completely wiped off the map.

I split my site into subdomains early on to try and figure out what was up, and last year, finally, was able to partially recover 1 subdomain to almost pre-panda levels (70%?). The other 5 were completely gone - no recovery, and for yours now I figured there was no hope.

Last night many of my pages (which were essentially gone from the SERPs) returned to the first page in the SERPs for 3 of my 5 remaining subdomains.

This is AWESOME, but it is at the end of my peak season, and I have developed a "learned helplessness" so I am quite sure they will return to the depths prior to my season restarting in the fall.

I hope it stays. It sure would be nice to start making a living again.

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We're on the East Coast of the U.S. and I am seeing that all our rankings are way up on a Panda'd e-commerce site yesterday and today, but traffic has not increased at all. In other words, significant rankings increases for many keyword phrases, but zero increase in traffic, and of course zero sales increases so far as a result.

The page sessions and session durations are a lot worse than usual too, like Google is sending the wrong searchers to the site.

Anyone else seeing this?
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aok88 - interesting that you say that. I just went in and looked at my real time stats, and even though I am ranked very high on many, many competitive terms - I don't seem to be receiving any traffic. :(

Oh well. It was fun to think something good and right was happening; even if for just a few seconds.
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The page sessions and session durations are a lot worse than usual too, like Google is sending the wrong searchers to the site.


No, I'm not seing that. So far it looks like a small increase in traffic, but certainly nothing as dramatic as the SERPS I am seeing.
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I'm seeing the search results really jumping around over the past few hours. Previously Panda 1.1-affected sites seem to be gaining traffic while a newer site which has seen nothing but traffic increases over 2 years has lost some steam.

It appears we're in a state of flux right now so it's difficult to say where we'll all be standing when the dust settles.
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I saw what I would consider major improvements to Google search results in our USA industry late Saturday and into Sunday. Since then it appears the results have quickly rolled back to international/national branded results.
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Oh well. It was fun to think something good and right was happening; even if for just a few seconds.


I hear ya! But I am hoping that maybe this could be a precursor to real recovery for us. But I never saw this kind of behavior in the serps before, so who knows.
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The other positive I noticed was that the site that is getting big keyword rankings improvements right now but no traffic also has other pages that never ranked before now ranking.
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Our site traffic is up over 200% today vs. any day over the previous 3 months. Not back to where we were in early 2013, but with so many changes I doubt it will get back to that point without some new editorial back links. Google seems to slowly be releasing our pages back into the first page. We have about 50% back. It started on Saturday. Fingers crossed it stays.

[edited by: SnowMan68 at 3:32 pm (utc) on May 20, 2014]

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I saw a 15% shave back to my February level, as if anything I did in the past three month goes poof. Although this update landed on a bad timing that coincided with my onsite work.

I am on 2 week long process to reorganize my site, taking out outdated info, optimizing for headers (I realized that my older works had multiple H1's), merging / purging thin content .

It could be the update, or I could have tripped some google voodoo wire. At this stage I will never know haha.

Loss of traffic was kinda expected after the clean up process. I just hope that it is temporary.
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50%-70% traffic increase since last Saturday to a 6 years old high-quality website in the job-search / career sector.
The website suffers a competition from two, three brands during the last years.
Hopefully Google changed its preferences..
3:36 pm on May 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Our rankings have improved a lot, but no traffic increases, it seems like total zombie traffic.
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Traffic continues to rise insanely, im 40-50% per hour more than the same last week. See graph

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Im now above pre panda 1.1 levels. This site used to do around 1.3k uniques per day. I think it may do almost 3k today.
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netmeg do u feel this this the update your sources told you about or is that still yet to hit? This feels like penguin to me based on the penguin 1 site recovery I have seen?
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This feels like penguin to me based on the penguin 1 site recovery I have seen?


This feels like pre-panda to me. A sudden huge rise in traffic just before the update and then a sudden fall when the update is in place.
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It certainly is nice to see some fairness in the SERPS after being pummeled by the original Panda and subsequent ones. Maybe now I can get off the anti-depressants. It's been a very frustrating three years. I may actually begin to like The Gorg again!
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What about improved rankings but less traffic than usual right before an update, has anyone ever seen that?
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I'm still seeing further changes with old but highly relevant sites that used to do well, both mine and those of competitors, bubbling back up. Keep it rolling!

Whether or not I'll be better off at the end of the day remains to be seen but Google is looking like a proper search engine again.
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I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking these changes are so good!
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This is a complete disaster. We gained some positions and beat some brands moved 3-4 places for some terms. But this does not convert into traffic nor in sales. Most of your positions are way down replaced by complete nonsens.

Bounce is way up. Serps are filled with never bee seen before sites/ecoms.
Domain crowding is back with 3-5 pages in a row from same domain.

g. insists of showing me bananas when searching for apples.

Traffic last week was 100% better than this zombie attack.

Maybe a panda that is going through the verticals.

ecom, germany

I may actually begin to like The Gorg again!


unfortunatelly from what i can see, i don´t like it, from a searchs view and a ecoms owner view.
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I vote for Penguin due to it usually updating on April/May or October

Penguin 1 April 24, 2012
Penguin 2 May 26, 2012
Penguin 3 October 5, 2012
Penguin 4 May 22, 2013
Penguin 5 October 4, 2013
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Meh. I wanted to believe that something happened. For what I'm in, this is a false alarm. I am sucked into this desperation mode wanting and hoping for this so called "softer Panda" release. Nope, I'm just back to sucking wind.
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