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Sudden Changes In Rankings
Posted 14 September 2003 - 12:19 PM
Something wierd is on at google. This happened 2 weeks ago and again today. I suddenly drop down in a big way in the rankings for a day, and then the next day I am back to where I was. And when I mean drop, I mean below where I was when I first started the site 3 months ago!
It's interesting, because it affects my traffic in quite a big way!
Anyone know why this happens?
Posted 14 September 2003 - 12:34 PM
It's hard to say why that happens. It could be that the datacenter you were accessing at that moment had a different version of the database on it, or it could be that Google was testing something new.
Since they don't do monthly updates anymore, you never know when they are going to implement new changes.
We've said it before though- don't count on Google to send all your traffic! You don't have any control over it and they could change anything at any moment. Consider PPC campaigns and look at links from a traffic-building point of view more than a link popularity thing. It makes a big difference!
Posted 14 September 2003 - 04:36 PM
Posted 14 September 2003 - 05:14 PM
What is the 'datacentre thing'.
I would think I'm on the 'real database' as this is only the second time this has ever happened, and I've been listed for 3 months now.
It is rather disconcerting though that this has happened twice in the last 2 weeks, and never before that.
Posted 15 September 2003 - 03:06 AM
It seems it's the new indexes that are causing the problem, not the old ones. It's hard to know why I've suddenly dropped so dramatically in the rankings when I have more links than before, a higher page rank than before etc. Must be my competitors doing the same thing!
I was 75 on 'free accounting software' 3 months ago (just after the site started), up to 49 3 weeks ago, and now 113! And as of yet it hasnt reverted back.
You're right about not relying on search engines for traffic - it's too unreliable!
Posted 15 September 2003 - 11:37 PM
Posted 16 September 2003 - 07:26 AM
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