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12:58 pm on Jul 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

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They've been tacking my site name onto my title tag for a while now - more than a year. Meh.
10:34 pm on Jul 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Or perhaps the World Cup?


In which case the end of the World Cup would explain the "recovery".
7:33 am on Jul 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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For sure this is a roll back to serps from 2 weeks ago.
All the bots/scrapers and referal spam that comes through google is back again.
What a mess. Canīt they do anything without diecing the serps upsite down? For two years now there wasnīt a 4 weeks with stable results.

edit: Our unattended and realy not good site is back and generates some income again.
I tend to believe the best thing is to have 20 sites with different layout and slight different content, one will rank.
11:07 am on Jul 24, 2014 (gmt 0)



IS anyone else noticing that the sites that keyword stuff niche related words everywhere rank now?

Even just looking at search results the titles of the results are so spammy looking.

They really have messed up on the authority algo, just because you can name different words in the niche doesn't mean you are an expert.

Oh well... some one should make an open source search engine (one that "SHARES" money for data and to help crawl the internet).
2:32 pm on Jul 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I haven't seen much in the way of ups and downs lately. Our Google referrals have been pretty steady over the last month or so: a big jump after Panda 4.0, with modest but consistent growth in June and July except for a tiny seasonal softening this week.

I find it more useful to keep an eye on search rankings in WMT, especially "average position with change." Such numbers aren't likely to be affected by the World Cup, the weather, whether people are going on vacation, etc.
6:16 am on Jul 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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21 July something happened on penalised 4 of September 13 domain.

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7:45 pm on Jul 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Just noticed something new. Is it new? I don't recall seeing this until now.

I see an ad at the top of the SERPS. Nothing new there. However, you know the listings that are the authority site and have sub links listed also? Sorry I can't recall what those are called. So it's basically deeper links into the site. Whelp, I've seen this now on that top ad position.

This to me says, more ad, less results. I mean for those deep links to show in (below the primary ad link) the ad space, that must have removed 2 or more actual results. Page 1 for a couple sites just became page 2.

Sorry if my explanation sucked. Basically that ad at the top is taking up more real estate. I haven't seen that layout before, but perhaps others have. It's another brick in the wall to me.

[edited by: MrSavage at 7:52 pm (utc) on Jul 26, 2014]

7:47 pm on Jul 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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It's new: [webmasterworld.com...]
8:01 pm on Jul 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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The problem is, Google can change what they "value" in a flash. Last year it was so heavily geared towards brand sites. I'm in a niche topic, but they were giving more weight to generalised but branded sites with extremely thin content. They seem to have turned down the brand dial since then, thankfully. But what will they turn their eye on next? They do like long articles, they don't like long articles, they do like articles with lots of images, they don't like articles with lots of images. You try to do the right thing but they can be so fickle.

Just reading the fear in this forum. People are scared to link to external sites or even other content on their own site. Google has so many people running scared and contrary to what they tell us to do, people worry that even the simplest thing (such as internal linking) might result in a penalty.
9:24 pm on Jul 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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The problem is, Google can change what they "value" in a flash. Last year it was so heavily geared towards brand sites. I'm in a niche topic, but they were giving more weight to generalised but branded sites with extremely thin content. They seem to have turned down the brand dial since then, thankfully.


Sure, Google makes changes, but at least for the SERPs that I watch, the changes seem to be more "tweak" than "flip-flop" (not counting any manual penalties that may be imposed). Granted, a rise or drop of a few places in the rankings can have a big impact on a given site's traffic, but the change may still be small in the overall scheme of things.

Just reading the fear in this forum. People are scared to link to external sites or even other content on their own site. Google has so many people running scared and contrary to what they tell us to do, people worry that even the simplest thing (such as internal linking) might result in a penalty.


Some people are gullible, and others are paranoid. That's just human nature.
11:41 pm on Jul 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Some people are gullible, and others are paranoid. That's just human nature.


Possibly. Last year I removed all internal links on my site due to fear of a penalty from Google. Then a couple of months later realised I was letting fear control how I run my site. I wasn't using those links to rank well with Google, they were there for the benefit of my visitors, so I've slowly been putting them back. If I'm punished, I'm punished, but I'm not doing it to game the system, never had been.

The past year though, I've spent more time than ever trying to please Google. I never once tried to gain a benefit unethically, my focus was always on content. I hate SEO & I'm not techy, what I do is write. But they put so much fear into me and I bought into trying to do stuff to avoid their wrath such as link removal etc.
11:53 pm on Jul 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Remember, a lot of people are afraid of Google because they have reason to be. Maybe they've had manual penalties, or maybe they've done things they knew were shady and are waiting for the hammer to come down. They talk about their worries in public, and that makes other people worried. Pretty soon, all kinds of people are chewing their fingernails--including clean-living site owners who, in the words of JFK, have nothing to fear but fear itself.
12:19 am on Jul 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone heard about the new Pigeon Algorithm? it's supposed to have gone into effect on July 24 and affected ranking in maps and local searches.
1:51 am on Jul 28, 2014 (gmt 0)



Remember, a lot of people are afraid of Google because they have reason to be.


Frustrated with Google is probably a more accurate description rather than afraid. It's what happens when clean living site owners get hammered by Google for no apparent reason.

I don't follow Google's FUD other than things that make sense. Sometimes that puts me outside their guidelines, but they are guidelines, not commandments from above.
4:13 am on Jul 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Regarding "Pigeon", I've posted a thread in our Local Forum...

Google "Pigeon" Updates Local Search Algorithm
http://www.webmasterworld.com/local_search/4690773.htm [webmasterworld.com]
8:03 am on Jul 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Was there some update last week? We got hit very bad after beeing on a good way to recover from panda. Now we are back to -60-70 loss of traffic and no sales. We have foreign traffic, bounce is about >90%. Googls shopping ads are a joke ( spend money yes, but donīt get any real customers ). We are outranked by silly garbage brands sites that have nothing to do with the query. Amazon ranks #1 to #3.

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6:43 pm on Jul 28, 2014 (gmt 0)



There was an update. On Friday I saw a page jump from position 12 to 2 but they had previously been moving down.
11:26 pm on Jul 28, 2014 (gmt 0)



Big G has really been toying with our site now. Last month, we have been hit very badly with no messages on GWT.

So I revived my Adwords account to create Text ads to some of the product pages that I have been ranking for previously.

Last week, the organic rankings on some of my products went back to the top (I realized this on the Adwords preview tool). I turned the ads for those products off. Can you guess what happened next? Yep, the very next day my products disappeared from the organic results. What in the #*$! hell? I have no words....

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10:50 am on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)



@shipissinkingIm getting same thing.. well I dont use adwords but seeing that my main keywords have gone are your results being vomited like mine? If all of this is linked to boosting sites with adwords then that is illegal.
4:10 pm on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Why would Google boosting sites with AdWords and pushing down generic listings be illegal? Google search is a free service and they can terrorize generic listings all they want.
4:18 pm on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)



Of course its illegal because it is anti competitive and misleading searchers.
4:22 pm on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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If all of this is linked to boosting sites with adwords then that is illegal.


There are plenty of SERPs that don't even have AdWords.

Still, if you're into conspiracy theories, don't forget the argument that says Google pushes sites that buy AdWords down in the organic results so they'll have to keep buying AdWords.

The Conspiracy Theories Shop offers an argument for every taste.
6:43 pm on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, we all know Google's totally ethical about everything, so quashing any speculation about motives other than how pure they must be should be strongly encouraged.

Or maybe not everyone who thinks they might not quite be ethical at times is as silly as some seem to think -- In one recent case 64,000 of the conspiracy theorists happened to get a fairly large win for some reason: [nbcnews.com...]

It seems blindly gobbling up everything they say and do as "pure and ethical" in at least one case would have led to people getting completely hosed by the anti-trust/anti-competitive practices employed by Google.
12:10 am on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)



Im getting same thing.. well I dont use adwords but seeing that my main keywords have gone are your results being vomited like mine? If all of this is linked to boosting sites with adwords then that is illegal.


I am not sure what you mean by being vomited but I can go as far as saying that they are taking a huge dump on us. I'm not trying to create a conspiracy here, I'm just sharing what I am seeing and experiencing.

I am still at a never ending guessing game here because there aren't any messages in GWT and I have not made any major change in the site prior to the big drop. It wasn't a gradual drop either. If you are not Amazon, walmart or target, or any bigshot store, you can't expect much from Google. Blimey

I'm doing pretty good on Bing and other search engines though. I don't know, but G has probably decided to try and be clever and drop the site for something that nobody but themselves can see. If this is an algorithmic drop, which it probably is, then it is just a poor one. Pushing me to Adwords, yeah I guess..
10:58 am on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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What's happened?

My traffic has been decimated today across all sites, checking logs something happened last evening UK time.

Anyone else?
11:46 am on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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@Redbar we have seen decreased traffic starting Mon 28th, yesterday was pretty grim, today not much better so far. Could be Commonwealth Games, sunny weather, school holidays or other social factors.

Or some sort of update, although I don't see any major SERP changes ( not that I check that many ).

UK site
11:51 am on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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@redbar, -40% since yesterday. Bounce is near 100%.
12:35 pm on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Since monday some of my domains have no increase vs Weekend, so another Google Update...

I'm so tired of this...
12:47 pm on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Mentant, while your are tired, google CEOs laugh and think: Oh what fools still believe we are serving best results over ads.
While seeing the bankaccount growing faster than the mountain of debt of greece.
2:13 pm on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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No change here in Google organic traffic. Up a little some days, down a bit on others, but unchanged overall for a while now. No big crawls, either. Even Googlebot appears to be on summer vacation.
2:19 pm on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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My traffic has been decimated today across all sites, checking logs something happened last evening UK time.


My guess is that something is rolling incrementally through Google and whatever happened last evening to some, already happened to others on other dates. The following thread is focused on the 17th/18th of June and there have been other mysterious, drops reported since then.

[webmasterworld.com ]

One thing I noticed recently is that Google changed a huge volume of my title tags (essentially appending " - My Site Home" to almost all my category pages) e.g. Category Name - My Site Home. Can't imaging this is helping a bit on top of the obvious drop in rankings across many pages.

Added: I just remembered that page titles is where this thread started this month. Oh well.

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[edited by: webcentric at 2:34 pm (utc) on Jul 30, 2014]

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