Sometime around the evening of February 21 (Texas time), I noticed a significant change in the Google search results. Searching for the number of pages they have indexed from my sites, I determined they had dropped about half the URLs from Xenite and some other pages from other domains I control. Looking at a number of test searches, I saw a significant shift in results.
I've been checking searches over the past couple of days and see a slow decline in the number of pages they have indexed from Xenite.
So far, I am not seeing any bare URLs in the search results. What I mean is, when Google delists a page but still "knows about it", they will include the URL without a title or description in search results. So far, I am not seeing any bare URLs like that n the results.
When Google dumped millions of sites last February, thousands of searches were filled with bare URLs. It is too soon for us to know if what is happening will be like last year's update. But when I suggested this possibility in January, it didn't happen. I'm hoping it still won't happen.
My domains have not been penalized. I still have many pages ranking highly for targeted search expressions. So I am confident this is a database changeout.
I have seen 2-3 other forums where people have started complaining about lost rankings and listings over the past couple of days. That is a good indicator that a lot of sites have been affected.
Edited by Michael Martinez, 23 February 2006 - 02:02 PM.