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Has Google Broken the SERPs Again?

 
JoHarrington
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on 03/23/2013

I was first alerted to this by Paul.   There's a really useful Wiki for Runescape, which every player whom I know uses constantly.   Since Sunday, when you search for anything Runescape related, you get anything but what you're looking for. 

For example, go into Google and search 'Duradel + RS Wiki'.   That's a major character in the game followed by the site name.   It would have been the number one link before last Sunday.  It would have taken you to the right page.

Now you get this:

 

Before everyone jumps up and down pointing at the 3rd and 5th entries, that isn't the right site.  It's Jagex's failed attempt to usurp the popularity of RS Wiki by creating their own.   The first three links are the right site, but the wrong page.

I've just encountered it here too.   I tried to search for 'CCleaner + Wizzley', as I have an article about that, which I wanted to pass on to someone who'd find it useful.   The correct link used to be the right one.  Now it's gone.  The first link is indeed one of my Wizzley articles, but it's only links to the CCleaner article.  It's not a direct link.  The whole first page of the SERPs is a list of other sites linking into my CCleaner article.  But again, not the article itself.

That's languishing over on page two, under all of the website linking to it.

Wtf is Google doing?  Is this the new look ripple effect SERPs?  Why do two clicks, when you can do one?   Weird.


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humagaia
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on 03/23/2013

Something serious is certainly going on. When I try to access Google today (23rd March 2013) - from 9:00 am this morning - all I get is 'This web site is not available. This is also the case for Adsense.

Perhaps Google has been closed down - thank the Lord that my Adsense payment has been made (and cleared) into my account for this month.


HollieT
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on 03/23/2013

Jo, I don't want to come across as negative but this is what happened to some of my articles when I was sandboxed, I could find the links plastered over the web but no direct links to the article. There was an algo update last weekend sometime. They might just be testing your stuff, so, hopefully, things might return to normal in the next few days.

katiem2
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on 03/23/2013

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JoHarrington
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on 03/23/2013

Nice one, Katie!

Hollie - It's not all of mine, so I think I'm fine here.  In fact, that's the only one I know about.  But the RS Wiki thing is well messed up.  It's really irritating for Runescape players.   We're all having to dig for what's normally right there.


katiem2
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on 03/23/2013

Dang I forgot to disable links now i'm late getting back and can't edit 

 

Sorry Chef


chefkeem
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on 03/23/2013

I danged it for ya, Katie.  Smile


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
JoHarrington
Posts: 1816
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on 03/23/2013

Why did it matter about the links?  Sorry, learning curve strikes again here!


Sam
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on 03/23/2013

 

humagaia: 03/23/2013 - 09:05 AM

Something serious is certainly going on. When I try to access Google today (23rd March 2013) - from 9:00 am this morning - all I get is 'This web site is not available. This is also the case for Adsense.

Perhaps Google has been closed down - thank the Lord that my Adsense payment has been made (and cleared) into my account for this month.

Sorry, seems to be a specific problem to you ;-) Google and Adsense are working fine for me.


katiem2
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on 03/24/2013

Thanks Chef Smile


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