This weekend I noticed an update at Google. I watch a lot of SERPS and they all jumped around this weekend. Since July 4th was on a Wednesday I think this weekend counts as a holiday update. I have watched Google for over 4 years and they have changed a lot over time. Back in the old days they would have there once a month update. Then they went to what they call a rolling update. Google does make changes all the time but one thing I have noticed is that they make changes on weekends. They seem to be consistent about making changes on holidays. There was one back on memorial weekend. Here are a few that Barry over at www.serountable.com has kept a record of.
I was doing some looking around at the data centers and started noticing 2 different algos.
I am getting a third one from www.google.com. It looks a lot like it has for the past week.
I have done some local SEO work in the past and keep tabs on terms that I did work on in the past. I have noticed that Google is returning a lot more local results than it used to. The big thing that I noticed is that they are now showing up for small city searches. I expect them to show them for Houston Dentist but this is the first time I have seen them show up for Friendswood dentist. I asked some people in other states and they see the same thing so they are not just showing it to the Houston searchers. Friendswood is a very small town of 34,000. It really is a suburb of Houston.
I think somebody is 302 hijacking my site or some new way of hijacking.
I was doing a search in Google to check how my site is doing in the supplemental index to day and ran into some strange Google behavior. The first thing that got my attention was that all of a sudden I went from 7 pages in supplemental index to 17. I then noticed that I have several results that have a snippet that is not on any pages of my site.
David Ogletree – Web Site Marketing Blog. How to be successful at search engine optimization. KeywordDiscovery.com Keyword Research Tool …
I then realize this is some text that was on my site back in march. I was very confused. How can Google be putting very old text in my snippet? I thought maybe it was just something weird when you do a site: search. I did a search for â€śogletree KeywordDiscovery.comâ€ť and got the weird snippet again. I then went to yahoo to do a search. I did a search for “David Ogletree – Web Site Marketing Blog” (with quiotes). This is when it got interesting. The 2nd result from www.fashionoptic.lk has the same title and description my site had back in early march. I click on the link and none of that stuff was on his site. I clicked on the cache and it was very different. It was an exact copy of my site. This does not happen in Google by the way.
My question is how are they doing this? Why can I see it in Yahoo and not Google and how is this site affecting my snippet?
I was doing some research last night and came upon a search result that brought up a press release
I had never seen this before. I guess press releases have got a lot more important to search.
The organic team and the Adwords team at Google seem to be going in different directions. The Adwords side of the company seems to understand that the Internet has become a new advertising media like TV or Radio. Providing a service for free so that they can sell ads. Google is becoming the largest ad seller on the Internet. It is so bad MS is claiming Google has a monopoly now because of the purchase of DoubleClick. The organic team on the other side provides the reason Google can sell so many ads. They are trying very hard to make sure they provide the results people are searching for.
Matt Cutts has recently made a big deal about the buying and selling links. Google has designed an algorithm to rank sites for free based on links. What Matt is trying to do is stop a dam from breaking by sticking his finger in it. Compare this to TV. What if I could do something that would get me free ad placement on American Idol or CSI. Donâ€™t you think everybody would be trying to do it? Google keeps saying we should just make good content and everything will just work out. At some point the Google results will match the sponsored results. You can buy your way to the top of organic results.
Google is not only expecting us to just sit back and hope we rank. They have also recently made it more expensive to advertise. How do they expect people to sit by and do nothing to get a free listing when they keep raising the cost to advertise? It seems the goal at Google is to make money on every click on the Internet. Will the organic results disappear one day?
I did a search on google today for “houston seo”. What I found was one SEO company and two other people that have the last name seo. Google needs to improve their way of displaying companies. Obviously nobody who types in “houston seo” is looking for people with that as a last name. I think Google is smarter than that. I think they just got lazy on the one box results.
There is a nice plugin that help you do “noindex, nofollow” to certain pages to remove lots of duplicate content. These plug ins donâ€™t cover pages that are not in WordPress. Here is an example WordPress robots.txt.
I went from 100 pages in the supplemental to 9. This is not for all blogs. Some blogs have different URLâ€™s. Check your supplemental index by typing
site:domain.com â€“view ***
This will show the pages you have in the supplemental index.
UPDATE: It seems to be fixed now. I wonder if we will ever know what happened?
As of right now Google reader and Gmail seem to be having some problems. Gmail seems completely down. Google reader is up but keeps erroring out. I can’t even get gmail to work on my Google home page. I get “Information is temporarily unavailable.” When I try to log into gmail directly I get a red “loading” box at the top right. Sometimes I get a pop up telling me to try again in a few seconds.
Is Google being attacked?
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