Here is a strange on for ya!

by Dmreed4311 10 replies
I had a site that ranked #1 for "carpet cleaning Tampa" and it got tanked last year when the unicorn update or whatever it was called late last year. My site was gone!
Well now for the last 8 days I'm back in the #1 spot but it is not my home page, it is always an interior page and not always the same one, it rotates from three different pages.
Has any one ever heard of this before? If you do the search and then refresh the browser it will rotate throught them some times.
#search engine optimization #strange
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by Dmreed4311 View Post

    I had a site that ranked #1 for "carpet cleaning Tampa" and it got tanked last year when the unicorn update or whatever it was called late last year. My site was gone!
    Well now for the last 8 days I'm back in the #1 spot but it is not my home page, it is always an interior page and not always the same one, it rotates from three different pages.
    Has any one ever heard of this before? If you do the search and then refresh the browser it will rotate throught them some times.
    That sounds almost like you are seeing some kind of personalized result. Do you see the same thing in a private browser session or using Google Incognito?
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    • Profile picture of the author Dmreed4311
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      That sounds almost like you are seeing some kind of personalized result. Do you see the same thing in a private browser session or using Google Incognito?
      Yes I have tried it with incognito ,on my phone and at a friends house, all the same results.
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      Tampa Fl 33602
      813-440-8335

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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Then I have no idea. Maybe Google is in the midst of some major update. Often see some funky results here and there when big updates are being rolled out.
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  • Profile picture of the author yoangov
    That's strange indeed. Are you getting traffic from that keyword? If not, it could be still personalized result.

    People know how to connect people, if something is interesting for you, it will most likely be also interesting for your friends.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Did you actually have a carpet cleaning service in Tampa?

      A strange person does not do a carpet cleaning site in Tampa when one
      does not do carpet cleaning in Tampa.

      And if one strange person did do carpet cleaning in Tampa, I guarantee
      they would be advertising first and foremost. Or they were really, really
      strange.

      Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author Dmreed4311
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        Did you actually have a carpet cleaning service in Tampa?

        A strange person does not do a carpet cleaning site in Tampa when one
        does not do carpet cleaning in Tampa.

        And if one strange person did do carpet cleaning in Tampa, I guarantee
        they would be advertising first and foremost. Or they were really, really
        strange.

        Paul
        Hehe, I'm a carpet cleaner, I have been cleaning carpets for 20 years, I just do all my own web design and SEO. with average results
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        Tampa Fl 33602
        813-440-8335

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  • Profile picture of the author FranksToys
    I have seen this before when the homepage is penalized by penguin or an unnatural link penalty but the interior page isn't AKA it's not a sitewide penalty.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    That is weird how the ranked position keeps changing internal pages.

    One thing I noticed is you have at least 6 internal pages with the OP keyword as the page title & the URLs are very similar (/index-3.html, /index-4.html, /index-5.html, etc...).

    I checked the SERPs when you first posted this thread & the /index-3.html page was ranked, now a couple hours later the /index-5.html page is ranked (same position).

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    Ha, ha that's crazy how when the SERP page is refreshed (incognito) it swaps out ranked pages. I didn't refresh the first time I checked.

    Those 3 blackeyedpeas backlinks with a combined +15,000 OBLs (on 3 pages) probably didn't help your home page.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dmreed4311
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      That is weird how the ranked position keeps changing internal pages.

      One thing I noticed is you have at least 6 internal pages with the OP keyword as the page title & the URLs are very similar (/index-3.html, /index-4.html, /index-5.html, etc...).

      I checked the SERPs when you first posted this thread & the /index-3.html page was ranked, now a couple hours later the /index-5.html page is ranked (same position).

      [edit]
      Ha, ha that's crazy how when the SERP page is refreshed (incognito) it swaps out ranked pages. I didn't refresh the first time I checked.

      Those 3 blackeyedpeas backlinks with a combined +15,000 OBLs (on 3 pages) probably didn't help your home page.
      Ya not my best backlinking work
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  • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
    Weird, I can't get this site to show at all in the results. The usual stuff like ncr and parameters limiting to US in use. For me the site is not in the first few SERPs.

    Added: but otherwise the results are what you'd expect, a lot of carpet cleaners from Tamba.
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    Links in signature will not help your SEO. Not on this site, and not on any other forum.
    Who told me this? An ex Google web spam engineer.

    What's your excuse?
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