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Are Netscape results pulled from Google?
#1 in Netcape search - #49 in Google

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Msg#: 30790 posted 11:25 am on Aug 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello all,

Wasn;t sure which forum this belonged in, but since netscape search results say "enhanced by Google". I assume they are pulling their results from Google's index correct?

If so, a rather old site of mine (launched 1999) which has hovered at or near the top 5 of all relevant serps for about 3 years or so, dropped a few pages on July 16th. I'm not really concerned about that, as when it has happened in the past (a few times) it always returns in 6-8 weeks or so.

However, in examining my logs today, I noticed quite a few referrals from netscape search. Further investigation revealed I'm, back (or am still) in the top 5 there, mostly #1's in fact. What's strange is, the site title/description looks as if they were pulled from a DMOZ listing or something....but the site is not listed in DMOZ (never has been, as far as I know).

So.....the ultimate question is:

Why am I #1 in Netscape, but not Google. Further, why/where is netscape pulling it's strange title/description from?



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Msg#: 30790 posted 2:27 pm on Aug 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yes, the netscape algo is entirely different than the Google home algo. Apparently, it is to enhance Netscape properties and netscape family sites.


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Msg#: 30790 posted 2:38 pm on Aug 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ok....but where on earth are they getting the desciption from?

The snippet they are using is in this format:

Link text: My site name (which does not appear in the meta-info)

Link desscription: The [my site name] web site.

Any ideas where they are pulling that from?


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Msg#: 30790 posted 3:37 pm on Aug 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Could it be from a directory snippet? dmoz? zeal? Yahoo! or something else?

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