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Money Sites and Google "Filter"
Insights into filtering of money type searches.

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Msg#: 21763 posted 11:20 am on Feb 6, 2004 (gmt 0)


The apparent "filtering" in the Google SERPs for popular commercial search phrases since mid-November has brought about a lot of discussion here and elsewhere concerning the "filtering" of real estate, hotel, travel, and some other subject areas that have been hit hard.

However, since mid-November I have only seen a few vague references on the net to the "filtering" of sites about money, i.e. no discussions that I can find that provide any insights into the "filtering" of Google SERPs that pertain to searches such as:

**** money uuuuuuuu
money ttttttttt
**** money

The money SERPs have been hit hard by the "filter", sometimes with good results, as the spammers have been somewhat reigned in. Unfortunately, non-spam sites including genuine .org, & .info information sites and some bona fide service provider sites about money often cannot be found when using some popular search phrases. This is empoverishing the Google SERPs, especially where people are often vainly searching for information about some money matters, i.e. not actually looking for a commercial site that offers money related services, but trying to access information online that will increase their knowledge about particular money matters.

From what I can see, one of the causes of the problems in the money subject area seems to be that the "filter" cannot always discriminate between commercial and non-commercial sites; i.e. if the search phrase is popular and used by commercial sites, then the "filter" often can't sort out the commercial sites from the non-commercial sites that employ those same search phrases, except where the page has a .gov or .edu URL, usually.

If anyone is interested in sharing some insights into the "filtering" of money sites, and what if anything to do about it, please say so. If other people are interested, then I would then go into the issue further. If noone is interested, then what would be the point .......


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