Oh tell me about it. I was searching for information about "Jelly Bean Sandals" earlier (okay, I'm weird <g>) all I could find was a page which was dynamically generated with nothing but Google Adsense adverts listed as "links". No content at all.
For those that wonder, they're those soft, pliable, usually lurid coloured plastic sandals children love.
I sent about 8 "spam" reports in through the Webmaster Tools console. I rarely report stuff, but these urls are junk redirects. One was a blank page!
Why, oh why does this always happen right before the holidays? Take a look at G history. A lot of tweaking always takes place this time of year - for good or il.
Just tried the jelly bean sandals search. Knowing how google has gone, it didn't surprised me at all to see some of what's at the top. Google are relying more and more (and far too much indeed) on weighting towards so-called authority sites and link weighting. Add to that the fact that really relevant sites are being supplementalised and you get the same typeof junk results all the time. more and more I'm searching with yahoo and live.com to find stuff I need.
If you are searching up to date info it's hard to find. I see forum topics from 2005 and also not relavent. :S Yahoo rules at this moment for good serps.
[edited by: Markoi at 10:10 pm (utc) on Nov. 27, 2006]
The G serps are looking an aweful lot like the mess MSN is in. I just get sick of the redirecting directory-style junk. Last night, I was trying to find websites that had information about home appreciation in certain areas that I am interested in buying. ALL I found was that redirect-spammy-cheap-cheap-home crap.
I don't usually join in these bash-the-quality-of-Google's-SERPS tirades but for once I have to agree. I was trying to find a hotel in Cologne and was deluged with spammy/auto-generated junk. The hotel's OWN website website was buried at page 10 or something (BTW, I was trying to find a place to stay, hotels aren't my business).
I don't think this is about boosting Adwords sales somehow. The results are just too completely crap for that. I think they must be having fundamental problems with their algorithm/AI/black box hamster-in-a-treadmill whatever it is that powers the big G.
I think we are just seeing a Google Hiccup. We go through this periodically. Patience will be rewarded with better SERPs. Soon. I hope.
Hey panicbutton, page 10 is pretty good these days :)
results seems to improved few days ago but now turns to the worst
I've had problems recently searching for official government (city) web sites, etc.
For example, getting an old domain name that hasn't worked for months, with the new one several items down.
Finding commercial spammy sites above the official government site I'm looking for.
Whatever they are doing, it's not working. At least not for users.
I'm getting hits on pages that has not been updated for a year or so.
Googles Serps are totaly messed up. Seems like a verry bad algo.
(Sometimes it seems to be better)
[edited by: Markoi at 10:59 pm (utc) on Nov. 28, 2006]
A blogspot subdomain that redirects to Yahoo appeared out of nowhere at #3 earlier this week.
[edited by: Kirby at 4:48 am (utc) on Nov. 29, 2006]
The urls I reported immediately redirected to other directory-style pages. Whether Google took action manually or algorithmically, I am very pleased to see such improvement in the serps.
I apologize that I did not give any specific examples when I started this thread, but I was trying to follow WW TOS.