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Before Bourbon there was the March 22-23 upset. My biggest site took an
enormous hit just to be further bashed by Bourbon.

Has anyone who suffered in March seen major Google SERP changes?

What I've witnessed is a total reversion to pre March results on Google.

Of course I may be speaking too quickly.

Re: Google Recovery

On Fri, 23 Sep 2005 03:23:33 GMT, "WhoTurnedOffTheLights"

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Do you have any idea if you were penalised or whether a whole load
more sites got indexed that are better than you are at what you're
aiming at? This is more and more a pertinent enquiry as more
sophisticated tools are being made available for spoofing Google
results for the sake of Adsense revenue. If you used Spoof Tool
Generation 1 to build your site, and then a long came a bundle of
sites built using Generation 2, then that could be why you are now
lower in the rankings.

           Elvis does my SEO

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Errr no Bill,

Others were reporting the same thing. I also posted here on this NG on Mar
24, plus there was this other
thread on webmasterworld:

I use no special tools and this recovery has taken place exactly 6 months
later to the day. Reminiscent of what others have believed in as far as
Google's cycles are concerned. (sorry I can't point to anything in this

Oh, and regarding those sites which replaced my top positions, oh did they
s*ck. Only for a few search phrases were they worthy of those positions. But
for the rest? OMG. Horrible. I'd think with today being the 23rd of
September, we might see others still in the process of recovering and
reporting their findings in late fashion just as it happened in March.

PS...I'm not saying that I wasn't penalised. Perhaps in fact I was, but
certainly not for the reasons you mentioned. Hmmmm, let's see how long this
recovery will stick.

Re: Google Recovery

__/ [WhoTurnedOffTheLights] on Friday 23 September 2005 14:57 \__

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I think that site spoofing affects everyone. Ironically, that might even
affect the spoofers. There is a certain balance in the Web unless your site
targets very timely information like a film that's currently out.

Some sites grow and some remain static. Some evolve and some become
antiquated. Overall, I imagine that overnight traffic upsets are not due to
competitive sites.

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I am not too sure about March, but in the past few months there were
significant changes in terms of traffic (hence SERP's), all of which took
immediate effect and were uncalled for. According to this NG, I am not the
only one to have noticed it. In fact, I rarely find out about the changes
until somebody mentions them.

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If you are worthy of this recovery (for example, judging by the relvance of
your SERP ranks), then you needn't worry. I once came up in the top 10 for
'situps' (Google) for no good reason. Apparently the word was just repeated
many times, not intentionally so. Needless to say, this didn't hold for
more than a month or two.


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Re: Google Recovery

On Fri, 23 Sep 2005 13:57:50 GMT, "WhoTurnedOffTheLights"

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Last time I remember seeing sucky sites topping the rankings was the
dog days immediately after Florida. But that adjusted eventually. I'd
say hang tough.


           Elvis does my SEO

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Thanks BB.

'and yes! Folks at WMW are finally coming out in late fashion as I'd
predicted. 'though they're alluding to this as a Bourbon recovery.
Regardless, it's comforting to see I'm not the only one.

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