I have not put back the service areas... we are not even a full 30 days into this test!Have you put back the service areas yet? Or still testing with them removed?
I'm with you @Tim# -- in my experience, unless we are talking about PPC, then less than 30 days a way too short of a time frame to accurate analyze anything organic... it's just way to short of a time period.I'd rather tend to wait a few more weeks before adding the service areas back again. That ensures that the test was not affected by short-term fluctuations (or the core update) which increases the chance to get accurate results.
Pretty obvious from these charts that the one factor that was being tested had no major effect on rankings.I realized that my charts are only showing the "after" data. Here are some better charts that show before and after:
Both of these look remarkably stable to me. Any ups and downs look like normal fluctuation.
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