im missing why we need to look for "hidden clues"
A. Google doesn't give "hidden clues". heck, they don't even give ANY clues.
This is WHAT they are known for.
Why are we acting like Eric is trying to help someone game Goog?!
B. We JUST had a conversation about the value of TRUST.
I assumed that from that thread, we had all pretty much agreed, that while TRUST has some nice fringe benefits, it has little SEO benefits, no?
D. Back to Point A. and my long standing rant about "reading into what ANY Goog Employee or Exec" says.
We JUST had a thread about the 10 year anniversary of Goog and how much or HOW LITTLE the algo has changed over that time.
There is simply no need to READ INTO THE INTENTIONALLY VAGUE (some might say "misleading") comments of Goog.
All the HINTS are right there in the algo.
If one "figured out" the algo 10 years and went on vacation for 9 years,
they would STILL know much of how to rank in Goog NOW.
And rest assured, anyone "figuring out" the algo NOW will have no problem adapting to Goog in the next 3-5 years.
UNLESS, Goog decides to throws out EVERYTHING and creates a completely new SE.
then there's little to nothing a Google employee or exec can say thats a "hint" of anything actionable
or won't be immediately evident to someone who spends their time more wisely tracking the algo.
E. As I said in an earlier thread where I quoted Goog Exec #1 - if he really is dropping "hints" about the future of Goog search,
then he's clueless and Goog will be losing market share rapidly over the next 3 years.
Of course, I DON'T believe Goog Exec #1's vague, pandering comments to whatever crowd he's currently talking to.
I don't think he's that clueless, and I don't believe he would even come close to giving away any hints to webmasters, competitors, or stockholders about what they have under wraps.
I simply think it's an utter waste of time to be constantly "looking for hints" for the above reasons,
when the algo is right there in front of everyone
with all the "hints" one needs to be successful or even dominate their niches for MANY years to come.
[edited by: Receptional_Andy at 9:27 am (utc) on Dec. 3, 2008]
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