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Big shuffle of Google search results..?

Discussion in 'Search engines etc' started by T J Madigan, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. T J Madigan

    T J Madigan Active Member

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    I was checking some of my client's search results earlier (Yeah, I know it's a public holiday but I just can't resist) and I saw what I consider to be a Huge shuffle of the local search results.

    Sometimes things like that happen for a few hours or so, but this time the change in rankings has stayed all day. A few of my clients main competition seem to have dropped completely off the radar across various niches and others that didn't rank high previously seem to have appeared from nowhere to replace them.

    I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed this?
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    T J Madigan Active Member

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    The changes are crazy

    Seriously, and show how google is broken....

    Example: Ranking for 'Cooking Schools"
    1st position in google places: an ATM .
    Yep and ATM from ANZ.

    Ranking for Viagra worldwide, in a 1st page a hacked university site.

    Ranking for make money online, some sites with NO CONTENT.

    Yep Google... you are clearly aallll about "quality"

    Now if you Google "SEO" and find the top position, look at the website ranking in 1st for Australia.
    Then do a link analysis .
    You will find:
    Over 600 domain names owned by them.
    Registered with different names, hostings and ABNS
    All of them sending high Page rank links for "SEO"

    So yes.. it's all about "quality" right? :confused:
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    seocourse Well-Known Member

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    I hear you! "Quality content is of the no 1 importance..."

    I actually recently went to a meetup that had some guy from Google Quality team there who said that 'spamming' in Australia is alot less prevalent and policed. He said once it hits a certain 'threshold' then more penalties will start happening...interesting to hear his thoughts though
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    Judging by the majority of comments on Google's official blog posting this update has thrown up all sorts of irrelevant content.

    I think Google need to be very careful. They may not be the number one search engine for much longer...
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    Hi Gab,

    Absolutely agree with you we are seeing some truly awful organic results right now from G, I really hope they are working on it and this will be sorted quick smart.

    If you're talking about the SEO result I'm seeing, they have some serious linkjuice from lots of high authority independent domains which is likely driving their results. Personally I don't think their own sites are a huge part of the equation in this case but I'm happy to be corrected by anyone who knows more?
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    It has been an interesting 24 hours to say the least.
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    Something must have changed in the last three hours 'cause I don't see that at all. I'm seeing seven Google Places entries at the top, with "William Angliss Institute" being the first one.

    I assume you weren't logged into Google at the time of the search?
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    I see viagrablog.com at the top and no "edu" sites. I looked at the first 10 SERP entries and they all had content, with an entry on about.com being first.

    Again, this is without any "social" personalisation.
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    Your results are I localized for you. I have completely different results showing. The results I'm seeing are actually very relevant to the search term inputs.
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    The Google places listings are now showing relevant inner pages for the places listings e.g. www.mythaikitchen.com.au/cooking_school.html which makes the places results much more relevant.

    I have also noticed that a lot more relevant inner pages are ranking higher in the organic results as well. I think if anything the search results are looking more relevant to the terms searched.
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    I'm in Sydney and I get the ATM for "cooking schools" on Chrome incognito!
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    That's what I reckon too. People need to keep in mind that if they're signed in to Google at the time, their results will be influenced by their "social" activity.
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    Well the ironic part of the whole story is how 1st position in Google for SEO ... Australia TOP SEO god... has over 700 domain names registered in different companies, ABNs and hosting.

    All of the flowing links to their customers.
    A very advanced blog farm system.
    Curious?
    Do a link building analysis of the top position for SEO... of if you have toys look at the links they have for their customers
    they (the SEO company) owns 90% of the sites that link to their customers.

    So, yep... all about QUALITY in results :rolleyes:
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    T J Madigan Active Member

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    The number 1 ranking for me is a Brisbane SEO comapany - dejanseo.com.au
    I can't tell where you are located from your blog but I am guessing it is not the same for you..??
    Is one of the 'quality' algorithms influencing what you are seeing, your Geolocation?
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    The same my boy, the same... ;)
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    I will love to tell more, but I'm sure if you have the tools you can realize how they are "ranking their customers"
    Just look at the domain names that link
    do a whois
    look at the other sites they link 2
    you will find the trail pretty quickly
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    Fairfax did the same thing 15 years ago.
    He set up a domain link network and leveraged its power to build a huge online empire. At the moment, it seems be quite an effective way of getting clients sites to rank. I don't do it, but that doesn't take away from the fact that he is making money from it, and so are his clients (presumably). Maybe one day Google will penalize such strategies and if he has all of his eggs in one basket, that may very well be be his downfall. But until then... it seems that Google is rewarding him for his efforts. His Clients have relevant sites ranking at the top of Google. They are happy, the browsers are happy, he is happy, Google is happy. I don't really see the problem.

    Maybe you see some underhanded and evil deed being committed that I can't see??
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