There has been a lot of movement in Google’s SERPs recently, and they have definitely been making a lot more changes to their ranking algorithm in 2012 than I’ve ever seen before, including several Panda refreshes.
First, in February, Google announced this update which affected 11.8% of search queries.
Then, most recently, on April 24th, Google began rolling out an update now being referred to by some as Penguin, which is another step by them to “reward high-quality sites.” This means they are mostly targeting webspam like keyword stuffing and spun content. You can read Matt Cutts’ full blog post here.
While there is plenty of discussion about these two changes on SEO forums around the web, there is little discussion about an algorithm change I noticed taking place on March 21, 2012. This update seems to have affected many long-tail keywords. The only word by Google around this time was this tweet:
Panda refresh rolling out now. Only ~1.6% of queries noticeably affected. Background on Panda: goo.gl/mTKCH— A Googler (@google) March 23, 2012
I am interested to hear if anyone else noticed or was affected by a March 21st, 2012 Google algorithm change. Let me know in the comments. I will update this post as I learn more.
See what happens. Try “tilt” as well.
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Can someone please tell me why the Tumblr search box doesn’t work at all, or on the Tumblelogs it does work on, it doesn’t work very well and shows different results on every search?
I’ve done a bunch of Google searches on this and can’t seem to find it being covered as much as it should be. The search bar at the top right of this page never returns any results. Is there a fix for this?
My installed click heat map shows that a lot of people are trying to search my Tumblr, but since the search doesn’t work, they’re coming up empty. I would say it’s just my theme, or my fault, but I’ve tried searching on a number of people’s Tumblrs to no avail. Help me out if you know something I don’t.
Update 5/8/2012: My Tumblr search now seems to work, although it’s not super accurate. It’s good enough for me, but I might eventually switch over to Swiftype in order to get more accurate search results served up, as well as an autocomplete in my site’s search bar.