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    Well that hurt!


    Doing some optimisation for a set of sites with tricky terms to start with (don't ask!!!! Not my idea)

    But was just doing some rank tracking (well, it is late on Friday, what else do you do?)

    And saw that Google had decided to take the search term I was looking at (to find a site of ours) and I noticed that it had ADDED the results from a 2nd search term (very similar, so sort of see why) but that we are NOT optimised for at all and our page drops more than 5 pages as a result!!! (when you click the 'Search only for <search term>' that we have optimised for we are doing nicely thank you - don't click it and we are waaay down again.

    Poot!

    I'm probably way behind the times in seeing this (or perhaps we do well enough on the rest of our search terms for our sites that I've never noticed ;)); but thought I'd mention it.
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    There /was/ a Penguin refresh on Friday.

    However, I'm not sure if I'm fully following what you're saying. Do you mind explaining a bit better? Maybe I just haven't had my coffee yet this morning ;-)
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    Found another example - I'll give you this one

    Did a search for reclaim care home fees solicitors

    Click on to page 3 (well is for me) and you will see the following (at least I do)

    "Including results for claim care home fees solicitors
    Search only for reclaim care home fees solicitors
    "

    This is adding a 2nd search terms results to the mix.

    Now, I thought it could be that G only add the results at page 3 or greater; so:
    Note the number of results returned: 1,600,000

    Now redo the search and look at page 1:
    Note the number of results returned: 1,600,000

    The same - so it looks like for the search term I was interested in Google have 'added in' results for a different (though related) search term and only at page 3 does think, hmmm maybe I shouldn't have added those extra results and let you do a search without them.

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