Sorry I must not have made myself clear before with things. I have not experienced any detrimental/negative changes as a result of this change - i'm just commenting on something that I have noticed (this side of the pond), that is abnormal. This coincides with Mr Cutt's 'off the record' remark that Caffeine would be hitting Europe next. So when I noticed index size getting cut in half (pictures uploaded) and different results being returned for breaking news stories (we've had an Airport closure today due to Volcanic Ash
Now this might seem extremely cynical and i'm sure many of you from the US won't be aware of the issues in Google UK since June 6th 2009 when there was an invasion of foreign websites that were not relevant to a UK searchers query (for example the inclusion of a US 'florist' and a page one ranking for a DVD rental firm based in New York - that doesn't deliver to the UK). Now, with this change of course all UK SEOs suffered an uphill struggle as competition had increased greatly. However, I am a firm believer (who put this into practise) that you can utilise this type of change and make an opportunity for yourself. This is another story altogether, however this is one of the reasons as to why I brought up the OZ example in my first post in here. It might be unrelated (and I for one believe it is), however it was merely an observation of some vastly contrasting results (some claimed 'broken SERPs', 'Google favouring US websites in a struggling economy' and an 'early Caffeine testing ground' - all rubbish). If you are interested in this modification you can read a post I did on HR for South Bank Restaurants
, I also did a personal blog here
and you may want to read a few angry comments here
. Now - i'm not saying there is any correlation between this and the testing phase of Google Caffeine in the UK - none at all! To be honest this is a different discussion (and i'm more than happy to discuss this with anyone who is interested), however this is for another thread.
So to conclude:
- I'm seeing 'Results of' being cut in half in some places (which was reminiscent of the sandbox URL and the Caffeine DC in December)
- I'm not seeing any negative changes with any of my websites
- I wasn't claiming that the change was Caffeine - just similar to the results I had recorded (not manually - automated) from tests
- The purpose of my post was to share ideas with other UK SEOs who may have experienced this change
I really would like to state one last time (because it may have got lost in previous posts) - i'm not reporting an algorithm like change
. My second paragraph is irrelevant to this discussion, however I just wanted to backup my post that mentioned an OZ website. But if you want to discuss this issue i'm more than happy to do over PM (as I don't want to clog up this thread with it).