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Google experienced a major outage this week that affected Search and Maps. Publishers and SEOs also reported problems with search indexing.
The problem seems to largely be resolved, although earlier today there were still some pockets reporting ongoing issues.
Many people reported disruptions in rankings, and some thought it was due to a ranking update.
One panicked individual posted a discussion on WebmasterWorld about lost rankings:
“I’ve noticed something that really worries me. Some of the main keywords got dropped from 1-2nd place to 10th.
This happened overnight, yesterday everything was fine. Today what I see is that keywords are going from top positions to the bottom of 1st page.
The reason is quite obvious at least in my eyes – the displayed URLs are not relevant. For example, our top ranking page for many commercial keywords was changed (by Google) with a page that is almost not relevant.
…Something else I see is that when using site:sitename.com the indexed pages dropped again overnight from ~230 to 169! The home page in the local language does not show anywhere.”
On August 10, 2022, the person who started the discussion reported:
“Things seem to be back to normal at least for our website.”
Many others on Twitter and Facebook are also...
Read Full Story: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/aftermath-of-august-8-google-outage/460960/
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