Google Ranking Update or May Day Impacting More Sites?

Oct 27, 2010 • 8:45 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates
 

There are three threads at WebmasterWorld and dozens at Google Webmaster Help in the past week or so, all discussing ranking changes at Google and sites that were doing well in Google, no longer doing well.

To me, it sounds like an algorithm update. The only issue, it isn't being discussed as 'loudly' as some past Google algorithm updates. So what is going on? Why am I seeing people saying both really bad things and really good things:

Exact same thing here. Mine was slightly earlier.... October the 20th, traffic fell off a cliff. Down 80%.

Looks like everything is in flux. I hope it settles in a day or two (and that I'm doing good of course.

My Google traffic is back to "before Mayday" levels

Remember, yesterday I covered a thread where I pointed out Google has algorithms to figure out what algorithms to use on your site at different times? Well, in that post, I did not Google's JohnMu was replying to one webmaster's recent ranking issue.

John said, "while we initially rolled out this [May Day] change earlier this year, the web changes, sites change, and with that, our algorithms will continually adapt to the current state on the web, on those sites." So yes, maybe what people are seeing this week is that their site is being impacted by the MayDay update and some sites no longer being impacted by it?

Or is this some different ranking update by Google?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and dozens at Google Webmaster Help.

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Comments:

Jonecir

10/28/2010 11:39 am

I checked my ranking yesterday and my site dropped 13 positions down!

Eric

10/31/2010 01:47 am

I don't know what has happened but as of the 21st or so Alexa rank went from 11K position to 119K in 7 days! We have not rolled out anything, and our competition has gotten a big boost from our fall. Does anyone know the why?

Scott

11/01/2010 01:54 pm

Oddly enough over half my sites not on page 1 just jumped to page 1, and a few already on page one are now in the top 3 results. Something seems to have happened at Google.

Rob W

11/01/2010 05:45 pm

My sites generally stick to very "white hat: techniques and have varied link graph (no paid links and few to no run of site links) and our rankings are essentially unchanged. For the sites that have changed, are you heavily weighted in one direction for links or content?

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