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Posted 24 January 2004 - 08:47 PM
Posted 24 January 2004 - 09:54 PM
Funny results here, F5 old results, another f5 new results, Certain areas looks better, Grumpus, you remember I sorted out the different SERPs and said couple of different algorithms in the Semantics thread, Now everything seems to be one flat results certain areas, some sites are completely gone some are fairing better than ever,
One of my sites was gone for a couple of hours today too.
whether it stays or goes I am not worried, Hey Vickie, what happened to that russian spam site, It is there or not,
what is that phrase it is "pregnancy test comparison" or something else,
Posted 24 January 2004 - 10:11 PM
Well the massive spamming by the ****.ru webpages disappeared in the SERPS after google did some tweaking after Florida. The results got much more on target for the term you mentioned and all other pregnancy test terms you can find in wordtracker
Having said that though, it would appear that the site all those pages were redirecting to are still enjoying the ill gotten gains of top placement for highly searched for terms in my field. The tactic still must be working but the spam pages are just not showing up in the SERPS as I have seen about 4 other websites that I believe to be owned by the same russian company pop up in my field within the last two months or so.
I can't really complain though as the spam sites lack soul and I really believe people visit and go back to the SERP pages. I say this because, despite our drop in ranking for many key search terms after Florida, sales actually increased.
Posted 24 January 2004 - 10:52 PM
Good move by google, but certain areas they are giving lots of preference to AUTHORITY sites, which is too much partiality IMO, What will happen to lesser sites, then they are loosing an opportunity to do business on the web through search engines which is a bad move,
we should wait and see how it goes,
Posted 25 January 2004 - 12:52 AM
One thing that the recent google updates have taught me is that no matter what, my business will survive. May be less profitable at times, but still enough to live on. And ya know, I have Jill to thank for that The common sense SEO that she preaches DOES work and the search engines do like it for the most part.
Posted 25 January 2004 - 04:08 AM
Though my Japaneese sites (targeting japaneese k/ws) we're not harmed, and even went up a little.
If things don't change (back, hopefully) until the end of this day, my call is that this is another update. Just like when "florida" hit, I can see alot of crap in the top results for my k/ws.
Posted 25 January 2004 - 06:54 AM
Having relied on Google for around two years now I find myself increasingly resorting to other choices. You know it's a problem when your non search-literate friends and relatives start asking you what's wrong with Google.
Posted 25 January 2004 - 08:43 AM
I think that THE job to be getting into with regard new Google, has to be SEO copywriting, as Google seems now to be trying , more than ever for natural language results.
Google knows the clock is ticking on relevant SERP's, Yahoo said the switch will occur first quarter, but in my reading that means, 'as soon as we can work it out' so G is in a race against time IMO, and I think we are going to see G chop and change for at least another 2-3 months before the changes become less obvious, and more subtle.
Posted 25 January 2004 - 12:47 PM
Yes... big update going on right now. Great find.
I have been noticing this HUGE update in google as of this morning. It is strange that it seems one of my terms is getting taken over by directories (de ja vou). Others are moving way up.
It isn't across most of the datacenters yet, will be interesting to watch.
I thought it was just my niche because I didn't see any posts in any of the forums, I'm glad you posted Vicki!
Ditto - on directories.
Try to find a listing for a local wedding photographer in Boston - you won't. All directories. You'll see AdWords sponsors and those that "get it" are smart using them, IMO.
This is ugly.
I have my own directory which is benefiting from this. But my client sites are taking a licking... ouch.
"I know a few things, but two or three I'm not sure of anymore..."
Posted 25 January 2004 - 01:09 PM
THINK SPRING (or maybe I should say "Florida" - yuck yuck).
Posted 25 January 2004 - 02:38 PM
Well I hope everyone else is having better luck then I am... (but thats not saying much with me having dropped off the face of the earth)
Posted 25 January 2004 - 02:53 PM
even though I benefitted from this update I know that at any day in Googleland you can vanish into oblivion for no valid reason at all
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