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What are the implications of that?

 9:01 pm on Feb 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

On the first page of the results for the keyword 'maui vacation rentals' there is a totally irrelevant result:

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There are no keywords in the title, description or page text (can't see any hidden text in the source) but 'maui vacation rentals' is one of the last keywords in the metatags.

What does this say about Teoma's algorithms? There can't be any link popularity involved.

My site is stuck at #15 for that keyword phrase and it obviously hasn't been re-indexed for a while.

(edited by: Brett_Tabke)


Robert Charlton

 6:41 pm on Feb 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Go to their Design/Client List, and you'll be taken to a page titled: "web design maui condo vacation rentals professional web hosting domain name registration" that's all about the "Maui vacation rental web sites" they host. I'll bet there's lots of cross linking too.


 7:30 pm on Feb 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

But that's not on the home page. There's no mention of 'maui vacation rentals' on the page which has been indexed.

There's plenty of sites on that SERP which are optimized for the keyword phrase 'maui vacation rentals' that are ranked lower than this site.

As I said, they don't have those keywords in the description or the title or the body text so why would Teoma rank them above hundreds of other pages that are optimized and no doubt have much higher link popularity?

Robert Charlton

 4:34 am on Feb 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>But that's not on the home page<<

At first I thought it might be clustering, but I'm seeing that Teoma doesn't cluster.

And the top links are javascript links, so the spider might not even see the 'Maui condo vacation rentals' page.

Again, it could be external links to the home page. I have no idea how much weight Teoma gives to these.


 8:49 am on Feb 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

>external links to the home page

There are a lot of very on-topic pages linking directly to them, all making generous use of the keywords, which are very relevant to the sites, and done in a very legitimate way. There are simply links back to the company giving credit. Not dodgy looking at all.

So it looks like the themes of the linking pages (there are a LOT of them) have an effect. Themes people are gonna LOVE Teoma if this is any indication at all.


 7:39 pm on Feb 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well, Teoma should take note that if they rely heavily on link popularity and don't take into account that the keywords in question aren't in the title, description and body text, they will sometimes get totally irrelevant results!

I agree that this site isn't spamming - it's Teoma's algorithm that is at fault!

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