ANNOUNCEMENT: 1 Domain Can Now Dominate TOP 8 Results - Google

MisterGemini

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This is going to screw over so many mini-sites its not even funny.

http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/08/showing-more-results-from-domain.html

Summary: If a site is relevant enough to the query being made, google will now show nothing but results from that one domain for the first 8 results, followed by a few others at the end from other domains.

What does this mean?: Say good-bye to review pages, mini-sites article dir and other results that once would have been able to leech some traffic off of being 2-5 down from the #1 spot. They are now going to be pushed clear off page 1.

What do you think it will mean for your site?
 
hmm... this seems to apply to a very specific type of search. The reference made in the article... "exhibitions at amnh", where "amnh" is a website's name. I think they're just recognizing when a searcher is asking for a domain without using the "site:" command. My main keywords don't seem to be effected.

Also, thanks for the info
 
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This can either be a blessing or curse, my initial thought though is 'this provides opportunities'. We'll see.
 
This change contradicts an AdWords change that Google made awhile back where they stopped allowing more than one ad for the same domain to show up. I thought that they did this because Google users were complaining about all the duplicate results in the ads. As chockomonkey said, this new change appears to affect a certain type of search. I don't think that it could/should be implemented for more generic searches where it may be a lot harder to determine the searcher's intent.
 
My sites are unaffected ATM. Infact they moved up in rank from the last time I checked them, as well as I have a second entry for some queries. From a searchers standpoint, I think it is good, from an SEO standpoint, it is going to hurt a lot of people.

I would *assume* that the closer you are to *quality* content the less likely this is going to affect you. Assume being Highly subjective of course.
 
It doesn't apply to most of the queries. I couldn't really simulate this on various queries other than the example posted by google. It's pretty spammy anyway, Why on earth would I need to get 7-8 similar results from a single source?

What happened to "you can try the search with the omitted results" thing. Wasn't that meant to hide duplicate results?
 
from the looks of things from the comments in the blog, quite a few people aren't happy with the changes...
 
What does this mean?: Say good-bye to review pages, mini-sites article dir and other results that once would have been able to leech some traffic off of being 2-5 down from the #1 spot. They are now going to be pushed clear off page 1.

I think this will not be the case for most search queries.

I'm guessing that Google will only return such results if the user includes an authority site name in his search query like in that particular example illustrated on the link you provided, "exhibitions at amnh".

It's like performing a 'site:' search without the operator itself.
 
basically any keyword which includes the name of a large site is doomed.

Like, "insurance quote progressive" --- progressive.com owns the serps
 
I think this will not be the case for most search queries.

I'm guessing that Google will only return such results if the user includes an authority site name in his search query like in that particular example illustrated on the link you provided, "exhibitions at amnh".

It's like performing a 'site:' search without the operator itself.

If this is the case, consider this.. product names, brands, and other such products which are associated with the companies that make them.

If you are trying to market big brand items which are attached to a big brand site, its possible you will get pushed out of any ranks, and their company sites will take over page 1.

They are not specific about what types of queries in the announcement, just that they are opening it up from limiting the results from just 2 up to 8 now.

They used this one query just as an example where it could be useful to demonstrate their consummate wisdom in their decision.

Wait and see what it does.
 
I have a site that promotes a fortune 500 company, and it still only shows their site as the first 2 slots and for that particular search I am still on the first page and same rank. I have other sites that seem to have a ranking boost, but could just be the Google dance or whatever due to marketing I am doing that happens to be at the same time.
 
Thanks for the info Sir.

I'm curious after doing a bit of research on some of my own domains - has this change been rolled out to all the goog data centres yet? It might explain some of the varying results people (including myself) are seeing.
 
From what I could gather in the little time I had, this change mostly affects searches with intent to find information from one specific brand or website, many sitename keyword searches now return those eight results on page 1 instead, of two and the "more from this domain" link.

None of my sites are negatively affected by it right now, and I do have a few product related ones. But I'm very concerned about this, as it may catapult many niche sites and smaller sites out of business in the long run.

And Google maybe is going to rake in even more cash from Adwords, considering that you now have only 4 chances to rank for one of those keywords on page 1, and get barely any traffic if you are not the dominant site.

As a searcher I do not care, since I switched to Bing ever since they introduced their shiat MayDay changes, as a webmaster and SEO I'm concerned.
 
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If only there was an operator I could use when I wanted the same site fill the top10
 
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