eMarketing Consultant at eMarketingHut.com
28 April 2009 11:45am
Frustrating no-one can really be sure as to what caused it and how we can all learn from this. Surelly its in Google's best interest to make this information available so that those of us looking to provide them with highly relevant content don't fall foul of the same actions.
Web PR Consultant at Clickthrough Marketing
05 May 2009 18:51pm
I agree with Marco's comment about how we can learn from all of this. Especially as, in order to deliver the most relevant results to their users, Google et al and some major brands are now up against serious spam attacks on top terms which are affecting the SERPs. Unless we know how we can prevent issues such as have been felt by e-consultancy, it is going to be hard work helping Google out, and delivering the results for our brands and SEO clients.
CEO at Econsultancy
06 May 2009 09:23am
@Marco - Yes, I agree entirely. It's for this reason that I also published these various questions in the Google Webmaster Help Forums hoping to get a straight answer from Google to help clarify things.
Unfortunately no such luck... I don't think Google will be able to continue not to provide some kind of service levels or clarity around these issues. They're just too powerful and influential to inhabit such an opaque world. I don't think the politicians quite realise how powerful Google is - they're too busy worrying about privacy and cookies which, personally, I think are over-scaremongered.
23 May 2009 22:36pm
Only just come across this thread, so I'm kind of out of date now, but it seems to me that Google has some sort of *big change* algorithm. In my experience when you make any change that affects things on a big scale (as with your nofollow on links), Google just say 'we'll drop you for now, and come and look at it again in a while' - whether the change is for the right reasons or not.
I'd lay half of the blame at Google's door - and they should certainly provide better customer service - and half at that of the spammers who've created the situation. There have been so many black hat tricks that Google just 'drop' sites (I'm not talking penalties, but the kind of thing that happened to you) where there's any sort of uncertainty about what they're doing. And of course Google's dominance means they can get away with it.
26 May 2009 07:11am
@Tom - yes, I think you could well be right with your "Woah! Big change freak out!" algo... I suspect it may be most niceable, and more dramatic, in sites that normally rank well / get a lot of Googlebot visits etc. This would make sense - Google's first allegiance is to its searchers so Google wouldn't want to risk showing a site a lot where something was 'wrong' so they might well demote a site into a 'safer' ranking whilst they figure out if everything is OK.
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