Search Engine Weather Reports

Yahoo gives a new weather report that they rolled out a search index update but not any more detail than that.

There’s a particular phrase that’s very competitive on Yahoo that I spot check every time an update is announced (286,000,000 search results) and we have 2 of our sites in the top ten for the phrase. With this most recent Yahoo update, we dropped from #1 to #3 and the second listing moved up to #5 which is fine, but Yahoo is completely ignoring our 301 redirects and showing the wrong domain names.

Matt Cutts from Google gave his own weather report as well talking about better handling of supplemental results, related sites, a pagerank export and the insight that there probably won’t be too many huge changes with webspam ranking, but in true Matt-style, he leaves the door open a bit.