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February 2006 Google Update
Posted 04 April 2006 - 02:16 PM
Since mid-March, my traffic is off 30-40 %, and of course, my profits have followed suit. I took notice as of mid-March, and started noting how many of my keyword phrases went from Page # 1 to Pages # 2 and # 3. All in the last few weeks.
What confuses me is that I would have expected to see some gradual downward trend changes during Feb and all of March, but only notice traffic being way down since mid-March. Very odd.
IMO, lots of the pages that have jumped me, and are low PR pages with fluff content at best.
Not sure if Google got this one right.
Also, from the BB's, it appears that BigDaddy is fully deployed.
Posted 05 April 2006 - 01:02 PM
I checked the search phrases that my company's websites always ranked well for, and they still rank well (first page of results). So, I guess Bigdaddy hasn't blitzed us...yet. So, I guess I won't worry about it. Yet.
Meanwhile, my colleagues and I hafta focus on getting better rankings for some of those more competitive (but also more popular) search phrases that we've never ranked highly for---even though they're directly relevant, and we're tops in the field.
It's hard to tell whether Bigdaddy affected our rankings for those phrases. How do you assess going from nowhere to nowhere?
Posted 05 April 2006 - 01:57 PM
Not sure how you assess from going from "nowhere" to "nowhere", but to assess where you rank in Google over time (starting now), for any number of phrases, use the free tool put out by Cleverstat, called GoogleMon.
You can find it on the website:
You will need to register for a Google API Key, and you will be limited to 1,000 queries a day, I believe, but it's free, and I find it reliable.
Still trying to make heads or tails of this Big Daddy update. A key phrase of mine which always ranked # 9 or # 10 on Page 1, has dropped to # 23 on Page 3, in just the last 2 days. All I've been doing of late is adding content and adding more content.
Maybe Google thinks I'm adding content at too high a rate relative to my historic content addition rate ???
Anyway, plenty to think about.....
Posted 05 April 2006 - 06:33 PM
Rankings go up. Rankings go down. It isn't (necessarily) you. If G wanted to hit you, you wouldn't be on page 3 that's for sure. You'd be on page 3 million.
Posted 05 April 2006 - 08:42 PM
I had been very stable SERP-wise for a year, so this Big Daddy shake-up has been a slightly disconcerting for me.
But, you are right. I need to continue on focusing on the positive things I have done over the years. This isn't the 1st fluctation that I've been a part of.
Posted 05 April 2006 - 11:56 PM
You're in the wrong biz then!
Posted 11 April 2006 - 12:53 AM
I was just wondering if the big-daddy update is complete. I have been keeping track of some specific keywords since last 5 months and find that the results on google has back-tracked (for those keywords) to results displayed on January 2006 ? I am wondering if the update is yet complete. One of my websites was thrown from #13 to #26 in an hr since the update began and the result displayed was same as in Jan 2006 with some of my sub-pages being ranked between #20 - #26 (This was the result before I started link building with my keywords as anchor text). So any idea if the google update is complete or when it will be completed if not completed yet
Posted 11 April 2006 - 06:50 AM
Same here. I've reverted to SERP placement from several months ago, and it all started about 3 weeks ago or so. I'm slowly drifting downward, and my organic traffic is about 30-40 % off. I know I'm not supposed to look at this stuff, but when profits are down, there is reason for concern. Looks like the Big Daddy algorithm has cost me some.
Good luck to you !
Posted 11 April 2006 - 06:51 AM
Yes, that is exactly the stuff you ARE supposed to look at! (It's rankings you're not supposed to look at.)
Posted 11 April 2006 - 08:29 AM
Well said Jill but when a person gets most of his business from google he is definitely gonna look at the rankings.
Anywayz Jill is this Big-daddy thing over cuz I still very varied results each day (even between 12hrs), depending on which data-center I hit.
Edited by xpertcoder, 11 April 2006 - 08:36 AM.
Posted 11 April 2006 - 10:37 AM
Beats me, I don't pay any attention to it. I'm sure Michael knows.
My guess is no, since everyone is complaining that their rankings and stuff keep changing.
Posted 11 April 2006 - 11:24 AM
I would regard any rankings changes at this point to be permanent or semi-permanent.
I have moved into a new phase of analysis and don't have anything further to share on this topic.
Posted 11 April 2006 - 11:55 AM
I dunno...they seem constantly moving to me still.
Posted 11 April 2006 - 02:18 PM
I think Google has started a rotation process, but I'm still gathering data (including anecdotal accounts from other SEOs). It's too soon to tell.
But I'm not seeing any indication of continuing "update" activity, in the classic sense of a major shift in available index data.
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