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Are You Seeing Unusual Flux In Google's Serps?


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#1 EGOL

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:59 PM

I watch a limited number of SERPs but the ones that I am watching show a very large amount of flux - compared to what I normally see.

For moderately competitive keywords sites ranking at positions 3 through 10 are jumping up and down the rankings like crazy... and sites that I have never noticed before are flashing in and out of positions 5 through 10.

Are you seeing any of this in your SERPs?

I am wondering if Google is shuffling the rankings everywhere or if this is only happening in my niches?

#2 Michael_Martinez

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:55 PM

Well, there seems to have been a big shuffle last week. Maybe they just built up a huge head of steam over the Thanksgiving holiday week and it's taking this long to get everything sorted out.

#3 EGOL

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:19 AM

I have no evidence for this... just askin'.... but do you think that twitter or FB mentions could cause flux in the organic SERPs... let's say people tweeting... "I bought a green widget here"?

Edited by EGOL, 08 December 2011 - 08:20 AM.


#4 DonnaFontenot

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:37 AM

Yes.

#5 jonbey

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:49 AM

that would be the freshness factor I guess.

Be social. That's what Cat Mutts said a while back.

#6 EGOL

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:06 AM

OK... thanks! I am going to start selling green widgets. :)

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 12:09 PM

I still remember one of the first times I read an SEO forum and was left thinking "what the hell are widgets and why is everyone promoting them?".

#8 EGOL

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 12:35 PM

"what the hell are widgets and why is everyone promoting them?"

lol... thanks for the laugh.

I first heard of "widgets" in a college economics class in the 1970's. A widget is a generic commodity sold by every company everywhere.

#9 Michael_Martinez

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:25 PM

I don't know about Facebook posts or likes or stuff, but many Tweets are republished across other sites WITHOUT "rel='nofollow'" so if you get enough Tweets and reTweets you SHOULD see some impact in your SERPs (occasionally).

That makes it even more important to write content that other people want to share.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:39 AM

One thing I will say is based on the sheer amount of time that I find myself on a Wikipedia page and someone is asking for a donation, I'm guessing that people just take it away for free. A brilliant reflection on where we've arrived.

They must wanna put Adsense on their sooooooooooooooooooooo bad!

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:43 PM

I really do not understand why they do not. I find it far more annoying to see those mega banners pleading for cash than an adsense unit. They would make more money and keep their readers happier. Obviously some people will forget that it is a free encyclopaedia and that they are free to go out and buy one without advertising and moan until 2020 but most people will happily accept it - advertising is normal!

#12 iamlost

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 05:00 PM

Didn't know what you (glyn, jonbey) were talking about...
until I told noscript - twice - to allow entire page...
not an optimal method of reaching out...and appealing to everyone.
of course there is an historical distrust of webdevs generally and SEOs specifically on the part of Wikipedia editors...guess there is an appreciation of sub-optimal web advertising as well.

...back to disallow 'everything'...and a nice 'quiet' web.
:)



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