|Linking to other search engines?|
Will Google penalise for it?
| 1:36 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I've been thinking about the latest Google update mess. Whether you agree or not, there are a considerable number of people who consider the latest update to be feeding spammy, poor quality results.
As a webmaster, if you think Google isn't the best search engine, you have a voice you can use by linking to other search engines and, for example, providing an ATW search box on your sites to build brand for a competitor.
My question is: would Google see that you are promoting a rival engine and give you a penalty?
| 1:38 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Search for teoma in google and you get teoma as the #1 result.
If google was in the game of reducing publicity for other engines, it would have replaced that with a Google result.
| 1:39 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Google would have to penalize DMOZ under such a model!
Certainly, they could tell you're linking to another engine. But for all the alledged problems w/ Dominic, Google never has been petty like that. Frankly, I don't think the market would support petty stuff like that. So I wouldn't worry about it.
| 1:41 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
well said vincevincevince, now look at this! [search.msn.com], in the game of reducing publicity for other engines.
| 1:54 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Seems fairly unbiased to me :)
| 5:25 pm on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for the feedback. So, if Google doesn't penalise for linking to other search engines, and if any of the following is true:
1. your sites are generally and long-term doing better with another engine
2. your believe another engine offers better quality results
Then it would perhaps be a good idea to introduce your visitors to that alternative engine via a search box on your site. Maybe.