__/ [cueroscot] on Friday 04 November 2005 09:41 \__
> My site ([www.cuero.co.uk) was, for years, on the first page of
> google.com, when searching for leather bags. In the last month or so it
> has dropped way down although still comes up in google.co.uk. I am a
> real novice at this but although I have updated some of the bags that I
> do nothing else major has been changed.
> am panicking a bit as I usually do most of my sales at Christmas and
> the hits on my web site have drastically reduced.
> Any advice, in simple language, would really be appreciated.
You must experiencing the effect of a major Google update, which has been
Jagger has gone on for nearly a month (its effect was not observed
overnight) and it caused a variety of sites to temporarily 'disappear'
from their long-standing top positions at Google. Some have suggested that
relatively new sites are affected the most, but it doesn't appear so to
Jagger should complete within a week (a guess) and your good placement at
Google will return to normal. Some say that the lower your site drops, the
better off it will be after the update. It seems adverse to common sense.
Either way, be patient and stop worrying like so many of us. Mark the days
in the calendar and do not look at your ranks in Google until the update
has been completed. Like Bill once said, "these are the times to be out in
the pub and let time pass". (misquoted)
Hope it helps,
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