Limited Google.com Result Changes Taking Place?

Nov 20, 2006 • 8:08 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates
 

A limited number of people are noticing significant changes in their rankings and traffic from Google.com at WebmasterWorld forums.

Some have seen a 80% drop in traffic from Google and some have seen a 350% increase in traffic from Google.

Here are some reports:

My pages lost about 80% of their traffic about 10 days ago or so. Nov 16/17 I noticed a few terms popping back into the top three positions...

My traffic is down about 20% but I am not worried.

I lost 90% of my Google traffic in 2 Days

I'm seeing a 350 percent increase in traffic on 1 of our websites.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

DazzlinDonna

11/20/2006 02:16 pm

I noticed this as well. Two of my sites were hit hard. One, however, I've been able to come back from. Turns out, I had a rogue link to my index page (rather than the root url) and that caused a shedload of duplicate content trouble for me. I fixed the problem, and hours later, my rankings had returned. I haven't yet figured out what is wrong with the other site, but I'd be willing to bet it is something similar.

gid

11/20/2006 10:06 pm

I noticed this as well. I was able to track it down to some kind of cache issues google was having. Some of my cached pages were months and months old. It took about 7 days for google to start to get its cache refreshed. Once they did it took about another 3 days to update a lot of cached pages containing some of my backlinks. I still have several pages which use to be cached in google, but now are no longer found. I thought it was funny that google did this during pubcon. I really don’t think this was a coincidence.

Michael Martinez

11/21/2006 05:18 pm

They did something funky with the index over the weekend. It looked like a major update yesterday. Some key searches were producing URL-only listings in the results. It's too soon to be sure but I'm still seeing significant changes in SERPs. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss what people are saying. Complaints are usually a strong signal of change in ranking strategies with the search engines.

Seolid

11/28/2006 06:52 am

One of our sites (less than 1 year old) has started to rank in top 10 for most of our target keywords during the last week. For some of the keywords we were not even in top 30. So we are considering it has an update. Don't know if its an algo update or an index update so far.

aileen

12/11/2006 07:19 pm

is there any way to personally update your cached pages on google?

Barry Schwartz

12/11/2006 07:32 pm

Don't think so.

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