Google search results really messed up today

June 28, 2006 – 9:58 am

by Darren

Google has had their ups and downs with their research results lately, but what I’m looking at in the last 24-48 hours really may be the worse yet. Three of my blogs have been replaced completely in the SERPS by the site’s Feedburner Feeds. A case of the ‘authority knob’ being turned way to high? Maybe, or Google is just broken like people suspect.

The good thing about blogs is that they help you become less dependent on Google traffic, but you really can never be 100% independent because of their massive presence on the internet. Every time they produce results as bad as the current ones, websites are forced to take a reduction in traffic, through no fault of their own. Is Google responsible? No. They don’t owe you the traffic, but it’s not unrealistic to think they should at least try to fix problems in a timely fashion.

Some folks feel like really bad results will hurt Google in the end. I tend to doubt it. If the problems are not too great, no one will even notice, IMHO. I will, of course, and everyone else who loses a few bucks, but Google will press on to always greater heights. Each day I try and find more and more traffic from non-Google sources, but I find it difficult to do.

What sources of traffic bring in a lot of traffic for you?

  1. 10 Responses to “Google search results really messed up today”

  2. Very strange, on one of my new sites.. the one in my url, lost about 80% of it’s traffic from google yesterday, just seemed to stop getting hits. I didn’t notice any increase on the feed though.
    Not sure why this is, im hoping things will return to normal shortly!. My site did break for a few hours before this from a mysql error, maybe this could have effected it?
    Fingers Crossed.

    By Matt on Jun 29, 2006

  3. Matt, the same thing has happened to one of my sites.

    The MySQL problem could be something, but that wouldn’t explain how this happening to many others.

    Google dropped site checklist. Take a look at the list, but it probably won’t help. This appears to be massive data corruption.

    Looks like patience is in order.

    By Darren on Jun 29, 2006

  4. thanks for the reply, I guess it’s not my SQL problem but somethng much bigger.

    Very annoying how it has only seemed to effect one of my sites, my newest and most profitable one :/.

    I am still getting some hits from google, so it’s not like my site has been droped compleatly, but im only getting about 5% of what I was getting from google before. (I think the number of index pages are still the same also)

    Do you think this is a permant thing, or something that will be resolved over time?

    Thanks for the link :)

    By Matt on Jun 29, 2006

  5. I’m sure it will be solved. It’s happened to me a few times before, and now you’ll understand why I have at least 25 websites :) I take the Somalian father attitude: these are rough terrains and I’ll need to give birth to a lot of kids so that one will take care of me.

    The best thing to do, IMHO, is keep on doing what you’re doing and hope for the best. This also shows you that you need to get traffic from whatever sources you can, other than Google, just in case it re-occurs.

    By Darren on Jun 29, 2006

  6. Thanks for the hope, I sure hope so!, I wish it was any other my other sites than that one lol.
    I agree with your multiple websites, don’t put all your eggs in one google basket huh? lol.
    I run about 10 or so, thinking of making a main blog networking site shortly :)

    Thanks for the reply

    By Matt on Jun 29, 2006

  7. Building a blog network sounds like a good idea to me. You can always sell out or merge easier when you control a group of properties.

    Plus there’s a lot of synergistic effects that happen because of the linking. My plan is to make the Blog Republic Blog Network bigger in the next few months as we add paid bloggers and new topics.

    I’m confident that Google will fix this mess soon.

    By Darren on Jun 29, 2006

  8. I sure hope so, nothing to lose right? :). Good luck with the expanding of your network Darren.

    Update on this whole google mess, im still receiving low hits, but it seems today Google bot visited a large proportion of my site’s pages, maybe in a few days things will be sunny again? :)

    By Matt on Jun 30, 2006

  9. Thanks, Matt.

    I saw the same crawling, as well. Today I see one of the key terms went from 42nd to 28th. So it’s moving in the right direction. It also has a 7/29/2006 cache date.

    It’s tough to be patient, but there really isn’t much choice.

    By Darren on Jul 1, 2006

  10. I noticed that Google has had a major change in the way it returns search engine results. I checked yesterday and many of the listing that were returned the day before are now nolonger listed in the search. It is like they have been dropped.

    By Rose DesRochers on Jul 20, 2006

  11. Rose,

    Yes, I agree. Google has had major problems since 6/27/2006. My oldest domain (10 years) vanished. The cache dates are 7/2005. This is a major and persistent problem in Google search.

    By Darren on Jul 20, 2006

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