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Wishes for the New Year
What do you expect from Google in 2003?

 6:20 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

Here's my wishes for the new year:

1. To see spammers and evil (and I mean evil) SEOs kicked out of the index. Forever.

2. Froogle non-beta launched within the first few months of 2003 with full support for foreign currencies.

What are your wishes/hopes?



 6:45 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

um.. Google AdWords included?

Here is my Google AdWords wishlist -

1) Get rid of those irritatingly high minimum CPC for top keywords and let the market decide the price.

2) Email notification whenever the credit card is billed.

3) Ability to selectively syndicate ads (partner site syndication)

4) Ability to distinguish clicks/impressions from Google and its partner sites.

5) Replace "Expected number of clicks" (displayed when setting up a campaign) by "expected number of impressions"

6) Display of monthly expected impressions when using the keyword search tool.

7) Some sort of notification to all the customers whenever they carry out their repairs.

8) Some sort of real time customer support, either online chat or telephone support or both. If this is an expensive proposition, Google can charge a small fee for those who opt for real-time support.

9) um.. some sort of funky graphical reports, like FindWhat's..?


 7:10 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

What I expect is #1 positioning for whatever keyword phrases I want. Because I have been such a GOOD BOY this year. ;)


 7:34 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

I truly wish for more of the same from Google. They've been very good to me this year and I wouldn't dare ask for anything more. :)

Status quo would be just fine with me!


 8:03 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'd like to see SERPs from other SEs removed from the database. I think their inclusion in Google's database is at least confusing to the general public and at worst is waste of Google's resources. If I go to Google and search for "Product X", why would I want to see a page of "Search Results for Product X" from LookSmart? These types of pages have skyrocketed in the past year and it strikes me as a terrible trend.

Otherwise, by year's end, I expect to see a cartoon character named GoogleGuy in his own Saturday morning children's program. Now that they've got us hooked, get down there and get the GoogleLuv going while they're young!


 8:07 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

I would like to see PFI i think that would be a good deal for google and for us :-)

Have a great christmas and a happy new year to all of you and hope next year will be more great than this one was!



 8:13 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

I would like to see PFI

Ummm, wouldn't that defeat the entire basis upon which the Google algorythm is based? PR is their whole deal. How could they maintain their PR ranking model when using PFI?

Sites which do not conform to Google's guidelines would naturally expect to get into the database through PFI ... but wouldn't they also expect not to be immediately PR0'd?

How would that work Ove? (Sorry if I seem dense) :)


 8:24 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

I get tens of thousands of visitors from Google - What I expect to see from Google is more of the same -

more carefully crafted public relations -

more people becoming dis-satisfied with Google’s attempt to dominate the web -

more attempts by Google to impose Google’s “values” to the web -

I also hope one day people criticizing Google in these forums will not have to listen to people say things like “sour grapes” and people that can’t get position in Google are the ones that complain about Google. (for the record I have more #1 positions in Google than I can keep up with, and I can keep up with a lot.)


 8:32 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

I dont think Pr0 is the problem, you can have great placement with a pr0 site, with the pfi you will know that the site will be in the index and crawled often.And it also a very good way to improve ranking fast, because you can change things and see the result very fast and that is good i think.

I have many small clients that the pfi would be a greate alternative to them its hard for a new site in a small buiseness in a small country like Sweden to get all those links that you must have to get succes. I think it would be a great alternative. And another thing the site owner dont know about odp and such directories but we know how to get in google pretty fast, but must of the siteowners does not know that.

Just a wish from me because i can send them a bill faster :-)



 8:50 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

For AdWords:

1) Email of notification of billing (as mentioned above)

2) Big pause button for account

3) Button for pausing when your site is down (a bot can check every 15 minutes or so and automatically reactivate the site when the host bothers to sort themselves out - this would help reduce dead links from the results)

4) Advert selection by best match (not random advert). If you have five adverts and one advert has the title 'blue widgets' and another 'red widgets' and the keywords are 'red widgets' and 'blue widgets' - I want the 'blue widgets' advert to appear when I search on 'blue widgets', but not when I search for 'red widgets'. They rank on the SERPS, they could easily rank on the AdWords.

For normal Google:

1) Much better index (back to how it was a few months ago would be one start)

2) Less penalisation for dynamic pages (mny html pages are dynamic using htaccess anyway)

3) Penalisations for number of dead links on a page (these would have to be recorded by google over two or three months and then begin to penalise in case you are pointing to sites that are temporarily down)

4) A webmaster.google.com so we can check our rankings instantly as well as other tasks without hammering their general servers allowing us to instantly type in our web address and search term to view the position number

5) A bit more user customisation on what google shows in the description, perhaps a meta tag could be used "GoogleDesc" of a maximum of, say 50 characters, plus a snippet as it is now would be useful

6) Better penalisation for obvious spammers. This needs to be done quickly - there are a lot of them out there at the moment with high rankings

7) A link to their information page on bad SEO techniques if you use searches such as 'SEO' or 'Search Engine Optimisation', again a link to their spam report page if you search for 'spam' etc...


 11:51 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

All I want from google is a PR6, a PR6, a PR6
All I want from google is a PR6
so I'm gonna add more content to get my ..wish ..list

Happy holidays all


 1:13 am on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Increased webmaster support. Paid if necessary.


 2:10 am on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'll just be happy seeing the spammers getting kicked out as well! Then we can all do our jobs FAIRLY! BTW - Does Google even read SPAM reports? A few of us have reported a company for using hidden text full of keywords for about a month now!


 2:46 am on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

1) More aggressive deletion of spam, especially in categories like travel where questionable SEO techniques have reached epidemic proportions.

2) Snippets that make sense.

3) An option to differentiate between e-commerce and information when searching: e.g., "I want to shop for..." and "I want information on..."

4) More frequent updating of the entire index.

5) GoogleGuy's continued presence on this board.

6) Most of all, a continuation of what we've seen from Google in the past: a serious commitment to providing quality search results for the user.


 9:00 am on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

"GoogleGuy's continued presence on this board."

Don't worry europeforvisitors, I'm not going anywhere. Although I was thinking about taking a "working vacation" in January (lock the door and see how many things you can get done. :) ). Even if I did that, I'd still stop by every so often. jady, I'll see if I can't get someone to turn the crank a little more on acting on spam reports.

Other wishes? If someone else didn't start this thread, I would've wanted to. This is awesome feedback and you can bet that we'll pass it around inside Google. Other features, products, services? I'd like any and all brainstorming from search quality to our ads. :)

My two wishes (resolutions? ugh, I hate that word) would be: better communication with webmasters when they've run into problems, and closing up loopholes so that webmasters can worry about good content and not waste time trying to do tricks.

I won't have a chance to read this thread for a couple days (traveling), but would love to have a ton of suggestions in my stocking when I get a chance to read again. :)

Happy Holidays everyone,


 9:30 am on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thank's GoogleGuy

I hope that Google continues to send quality referrals and list quality sites as far up as possible (beating the spammers).

Personally, I have enjoyed the new Google News section - very useful when I was trying to find out the sales figures for the UK Christmas Top 40.

Best Wishes and a Happy New Year to everyone. :)

Hardwood Guy

 11:51 am on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

6) Display of monthly expected impressions when using the keyword search tool.

I love that idea if I'm reading it right?


 12:07 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

>> I truly wish for more of the same from Google. <<

Ageed. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

I know what I DON'T want to see.... I don't want to see over agressive spam filtering that catches thousands of innocents in the cross fire.

PR0 got a lot of spammers - but it got a hell of a lot of innocent quality sites as well. I'd prefer not to see the same thing happen again.

Evolution, not revolution should be Google's own byword. When you are top of the tree, you don't need to shake it: you might just shake yourself off as well.

I DO wish to see a continuation of what some people call 'Google values'. If that is equal opportunity to be unequal, I'll go with that. Money should not be a bar to ranking success. If they keep that value close to heart they'll always be a friend of mine.

I'd like to see Froogle evolve with the same values... same opportunity for big and small. The early signs are good.

If Google stays on those tracks, no-one else will come close. If they stray, it leaves ground for others to occupy (and they will).

Finally, it's good to see that the line of communication here will stay open.

Have a good holiday everyone.


 2:26 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

1) would like to see an easier way for the surfer to select language preferences, as in the hard fought .com travel serps, there are many foreign language pages mixed up in results.

2) would also like to see less indenting of results. i.e. when a site gets two listings one under another. each page should be ranked on its own merit, and each site should only have one listing in the serps.


 2:57 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

To see spammers and evil (and I mean evil) SEOs kicked out of the index. Forever.

Me too, and also:

1. I wish Google would put that spam report form where it can be found; it's practically impossible to locate.

2. I also wish that people would email Google or use their form so we wouldn't have 9,000 posts a month about it and be unable to find anything. That would mean less work for the Google_Housemother here at WebmasterWorld.

3. I wish we had just one thread a month for ALL of those instead of 88 threads a month so they'd all be in one place and everyone could analyze and really help figure things out - like what commonalities there are and what to avoid. That would also help Google, as well as helping people stay out of trouble who get into it accidentally

We could call it the Google Whine Cellar.


 3:04 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I`d love to have a schedule when the dance starts. It really drives me crazy every month!


 3:11 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>We could call it the Google Whine Cellar.


I want a Google bar for Opera 6 Mac, so I can finally use my Windows box as a door stopper.


 3:13 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>have a schedule when the dance starts

I shouldn't say this, since GoogleGuy might be spreading this thread around the Plex, but if we knew when the dance would begin it would take half the fun away. That last minute waiting for the dance and watching Yahoo back-links is kind of like the foreplay.


 3:21 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I would like to see Google drop the DMOZ directory. It is a waste of space and effort in a search engine. It is also an embarrassment because of the lack of AOL/TW/Netscape support. If it were perfect it would still be a duplication of effort and a detraction from the prime function of search results.

Dmoz does not subject their sites to the same spamming tests that the Google software uses, and they are incapable of maintaining a continuing check upon their present database for spam substitutions or 404's. The DMOZ operational model is flawed and overburdened. For Google to place the database into their system corrupts their mission and database and leaves Google subject to an outside control. As a matter of Corporate policy it is an imperative to maintain total control of all your database.


 7:00 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

3 things...

1) Toolbar for Mac

2) Mac Toolbar

3) Google Toolbar for Macintosh Browsers



 6:45 am on Dec 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

What I want to see:

1. Same great index.
2. More specific webmasters guidelines (the Don'ts).
3. Better communication with webmasters regarding penalties to their sites.

What I don't want to see:

Please don't separate your index into 2 separate indices (informational and commercial), as some have suggested. Many sites are both. You would risk losing a lot of good info if you exclude sites from your main index just because those sites also sell something.

Also, thanks for being a great search engine. Keep up the good work!


 7:06 am on Dec 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yeah I agree with Dante. Only I think the Mac toolbar should be a bit better than the one for the PC. How about releasing a Mac toolbar with fractional PR indications?


 3:48 am on Dec 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

i want page rank 1 too..for all keywords i want:-)


 5:47 am on Dec 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Disagree competely with Ove and agree completely with Laine. If google went PFI where would we find all the information sites, and gov resources? PFI will be well catered for by Yink next year im sure.

Paying for support is also a backwards move. Almost all paying will be commercial sites, and therefore comemrcial sites will get an advantage, decreasing the informational content.

Google is doing just fine. Adwords could do with some work agreed, especially those very high min click fees. According to Google these were based on what people paid for the old impressions based Adwords.. but that has been gone for a few months already. So they need another justification.


 1:44 pm on Dec 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Adwords could do with some work agreed, especially those very high min click fees.

Well said, chiyo: resetting minimum CPCs for inflated keywords could be Google's Christmas present to their AdWords Select advertisers.

(GoogleGuy, please do pass this one on to the AdWords Team!) ;)

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