From the past 48 hours we have been finding that many big websites and blogs have been hit with some kind of penalty which may not be set manually but its automatically been set. This is not actually a penalty but a problem which may either be some kind of preview of any upcoming Google algorithm change or else a problem because of the ‘Live Updations’ feature.
This means that most of the recent blog posts are not been indexed, while all the previous blog posts are normally ranking without any changes. Here is a example search of “Find Lowest Prices of Online Products with Barcode“.
You can find that other results are shown but not the actual blog post in the Search Results Page. The problem is that even if the articles are being indexed you would find in the search results that there is a ‘suffix’ to the URL like
All of these are normally added up when the feedburner service tries to track down the stats of the URL in terms of Clicks, comments, sharing data etc but seems like this time these pages are ranking in the Search Engine and not the actual URL’s are being shown. May be this is a effect of the live updates feature or the big update like Caffeine coming up live. Hope all these changes would soon be removed and the rankings of the blog posts would soon be back.
Note that its not just us but blogs like Techcrunch / Mashable are also having the same issues. Check the below screenshot for more where the URL has become > http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/21/zynga-brings-farmville-to-the-ipad/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=hacker_safe & http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/21/zynga-brings-farmville-to-the-ipad/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29 but not the actual URL is being ranked.
Are you also having these kind of messed up problem from the past few days? Is it something different in your experience, post below.