Major Google Search Results Changes, January 2009

Jan 2, 2009 • 8:25 am | comments (5) by twitter | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

A few days ago, we reported the last Google PageRank update of 2008. We're not certain if this is related, but there are a lot of interesting observations related to the PageRank update that we've seen. For once, I've noticed discussion about fewer sitelinks on some sites. In fact, I've personally been impacted by 8 to 6 sitelinks on one of my sites.

Google is also apparently giving some browser "hijacking" domains (that is, sites that don't let you hit the "back" button) a lot more visibility in the SERPs in addition to mirror sites.

We're also not sure if this is related but some people have spotted some big drops their rankings in the SERPs.

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01/02/2009 04:17 pm

Yeah my site went down from a 3 to 2 in 2008 and now it has gone to a 1 even though my incoming links have increased and I've added nofollow rules to outgoing links. Some of my backlinks are from pages which have a score of 3 or 4 so I've no idea what I am being penalised for.


01/03/2009 04:45 am

We dropped from PR4 to PR0 overnight despite having more than 3,000 backlinks and more than 200 Google backlinks. Go figure!


01/03/2009 10:27 am

It's the second update my site got - went from a Pr1 to a PR2 not to bad :)


01/04/2009 08:38 pm

My blog went from a PR5 to a PR0! Im so not happy, and have no clue of what to do. I read that it might be paid links. I added a no follow. I heard it was a robot.txt issue I added User-agent: * Disallow: still with no avail. I remain the bottom of the barrel. any ideas would be most appreciated!

Big Man

01/06/2009 03:39 pm

Gareth, Nunya and Kate - did any of you lose actual positions in the PR update? Losing Toolbar PR doesn't seem to have affected any of the positions on any of my sites, so I'd be interested to hear of actual keyterms and actual losses of positions. If you haven't lost any positions, it would suggest that toolbar PR is now there as a wee bit of fun!

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