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I have a question about the ranking/list order in the results at Google. Where should I post my question?

Would it be best on Stack Overflow, Super User or Server Fault?

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Ooh, 5 second edit clash! –  random Sep 16 '09 at 8:05
    
Sorry, didnt want to delete your edit, just wanted to see what your edit was. I corrected it myself now ... –  Martin Sep 16 '09 at 8:12
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Martin, it is your post, but you really should roll back to what Chris or I did. –  Ladybug Killer Sep 16 '09 at 8:19
    
Oops, what have i done? I am a very noob on this site, and I saw that "roll back" for the first time. Now that I had rolled back my question, can I roll forward? Or what do you suppose? –  Martin Sep 16 '09 at 8:49
    
Click at the link edited ?? mins ago and look at your options. You can rollback to any version you want. –  Ladybug Killer Sep 16 '09 at 9:00
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random, he can't learn it, if you do it for him. ;) –  Ladybug Killer Sep 16 '09 at 9:05
    
@Smithers Aaarrgh! You're right. Still, he has the two previous options to roll back and play with. Wait, that would be edit six wouldn't it? Oh blimey. –  random Sep 16 '09 at 9:07
    
But no, you can't roll forward. –  random Sep 16 '09 at 9:09
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Wow, I didn't now what's possible. It's all clear for me now with the versions of my question. I can see that greetings and "thank yous" are not desired. –  Martin Sep 16 '09 at 9:14
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@Martin Clear questions are your greetings and accepting answers (of those that solve your problem) are your Thank yous. –  random Sep 16 '09 at 9:36
    
Remember that if you ever have any questions about how to use the other sites, come ask it here as you have or search: meta.stackoverflow.com/search –  random Sep 16 '09 at 9:45
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Questions about how the Google algorithm work really doesn't fit into any of the Stack Overflow sites (SOFU for short) as it's not the target audience or field of capture for the family of sites.

Your comment:

Well i am developper and webmaster for that site. It was made for a customer. The customer asks me now, why -- while searching for the same phrase -- one day, his site is listed top 1 or 2, but the other day it is not listed at all. But if he searches for a slightly different phrase (namely plural instead of singular), the website is found and listed top 5. Then, after a few days, the site is back number 1 with the original search phrase. My question is, what causes this "found"/"not found" in google and how can I avoid it. The site is somewhat SE optimized using google webmaster tools.

Stack Overflow

Won't fit here as it's not a programming question. You would need to ask it in a way of how you would create an algorithm like Google has if you were to ask the question at SO.

Server Fault

Won't fit here as it's not about servers or system admin. For it to be, the question might have to be asked like you wanting to work out how to do some load balancing across the servers that are being queried by millions per second. But right now, it would not fit here.

Super User

Won't fit here as it's not a computer question. Unless it was about prefences or something other than how your site is returned.

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Thank you. I guess that is what I assumed. –  Martin Sep 16 '09 at 8:51
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Nice, pointing him to accept your answer :) Rep whore! –  Ladybug Killer Sep 16 '09 at 9:50
    
Surely it wasn't that blatant was it? –  random Sep 16 '09 at 10:05
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Not blatant? My ears are still ringing and it's one hour ago! –  Ladybug Killer Sep 16 '09 at 10:57
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In case you're curious, the answer is because Google uses secret sauce. That secret saucing process reshuffles everything fairly regularly.

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Well, from what angle are you asking? As a developer? As a web-master? Or as a user?

If the question isn't directly related to one of these roles... perhaps preview the actual question here so we can make a sensible statement.

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Sounds like a question about SEO –  random Sep 16 '09 at 7:53
    
Well i am developper and webmaster for that site. It was made for a customer. The customer asks me now, why -- while searching for the same phrase -- one day, his site is listed top 1 or 2, but the other day it is not listed at all. But if he searches for a slightly different phrase (namely plural instead of singular), the website is found and listed top 5. Then, after a few days, the site is back number 1 with the original search phrase. My question is, what causes this "found"/"not found" in google and how can I avoid it. The site is somewhat SE optimized using google webmaster tools. –  Martin Sep 16 '09 at 8:09
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Definitely a question about SEO/SERPs. None of SOFU then. –  random Sep 16 '09 at 8:13
    
Sorry, what is SOFU? And have we an appropriate place for my question? –  Martin Sep 16 '09 at 8:17
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@Martin: SO: Stack Overflow, SU: Super User, SF: Server Fault -> SOFU –  Ladybug Killer Sep 16 '09 at 8:21
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