Webmasters Report April 2008 Google SERP Updates

Apr 3, 2008 • 9:52 am | comments (4) by twitter | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Following March's update, WebmasterWorld members talk about the newest updates to the Google algorithm, including the previously discussed Dewey update.

Some observations include front page rankings that appear to be delisted (or "dumped way back," as one person puts it). He notes that one of his websites that has been up for over a decade is now totally gone with the exception of 2 pages that were updated in 2001.

News results also seem strange. A 2003 CNN story is occupying the #10 position in search, observes another member. Old documents are making their way to the forefront, whereas new documents are hidden.

Many people are noting multiple subdomains occupying more than one spot in the top 10.

The shuffle is definitely a big concern -- some results from the top spots are being relocated. Someone calls this "crazy swings." Sounds about right.

Matt Cutts is still looking for feedback about these changes, and he has been checking out the forum thread.

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.

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Michael Martinez

04/03/2008 03:42 pm

We've been looking at listings for several weeks where Google says "19 hours ago" but when you click on the Cache link you see an image from several days to several weeks ago. I'm starting to think they revised their trust logic and maybe tightened the leash a little too much. It would be nice if SOMEONE from Google would speak up and say, "Hey, we didn't tell Matt Cutts because we didn't think he needed to know, but WE CHANGED SOMETHING".

Jaan Kanellis

04/03/2008 06:40 pm

LOL @ Martinez


04/03/2008 10:11 pm

I have seen wikipedia start to bubble back to the top of some searches where I had beaten them for a long time.


04/04/2008 12:02 pm

I agree with ogletree that Wikipedia is again catching up the top spot.

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