WebGuerrilla - 8:31 pm on May 21, 2003 (gmt 0) Don't gun for #1 at "that major keyword" TLD / language, give specific comments to Google More changes to come links=PR0 like red herring Keep on doing what's right About link pages Funny one about link farms Links will be 'organic'
About hidden text
GoogleGuy msg #22 May 19
Thanks for the feedback. If people want to mention specific searches/sites, they can do a spam report and put "dominic" in the comments somewhere--and hopefully mention your nickname.
Just today, I've fielded questions from two sites that had hidden text and were taken out for 30 days. One site owner knew that they had had hidden text and one didn't. If you had hidden text on your pages and you think that might be the problem, you'll want to double-check that all the hidden text is gone. The first set of hidden-text penalties will be expiring over the next week or two. Sounds like that probably isn't an issue, but it's something to bear in mind.
GoogleGuy msg #36 May 20
paynt, feel free to use that. I think I'm paraphrasing something Danny Sullivan would say when I talk like that. :) Just the idea that paying more attention to users, what they're finding and what they want, rather than gunning for #1 on that "major keyword" is one thing that demonstrates a wise SEO. :)
GoogleGuy msg #31 May 20
Hey Napoleon, I think I've already commented on our SJ index at length, and given people some idea of what to expect. I believe the change for non-U.S. IP addresses is geared to allow users to separate language from TLD, and I believe that it was tested for several weeks on one TLD, with us watching for feedback. Given that it's a UI change on the home page, the amount of negative feedback has been very low--a good sign. I know that the UI team is interested in the best way to present international users with a choice of which TLD to use and which language to use. If you write to firstname.lastname@example.org with some subject line such as "UI for TLD/language," I'm sure it will reach open ears on the UI team--they want feedback on how to make things smoother for everyone. I'll be curious to read suggestions for how to make that UI better myself. As far as things like expired domains, changes such as SJ are exactly the sort of thing that will allow us to pull in better algorithms that can take full advantage of that data.
Anyway, I hope that addresses some of your questions. We're always looking for feedback on what we can do better. In another thread, I gave a way to give specific feedback to Google about the SJ index: do a spam report with "dominic" in the comments. I've since reminded people about that method a couple times. Yet the number of reports via that form has been less than even the number of posts on this thread. After 3000+ posts about this index on WebmasterWorld, we're sitting at around 30 concrete suggestions about what's bad/good about the SJ index. By that measure, SJ is definitely an improvement over past indices.
GoogleGuy msg #42 May 20 re msg #37 (shortened)
NovaW, I would certainly expect to more changes like the ones you mentioned, which is a good thing.
GoogleGuy msg #45 May 20
Napoleon, the links = PR0 sounds like a red herring, but I'll be happy to root around and read it. :)
GoogleGuy msg #11 May 20
Oh well. People knock on Google sometimes. If you just keep doing what you know is right, things seem to work out just fine. :)
GoogleGuy msg 158 May 20
Sorry, that's what I was trying to say earlier. :) Links pages don't get PR0, and we index them.
GoogleGuy msg 161 May 20
They're mostly located in the Midwest, I think. Lots of irrigation and sunshine to raise those little links. The links need time to mature, or else they aren't as good. Once the links are harvested, they're shipped throughout the world to different companies that make HTML editors, and those companies can feed the links right in.
If you drive across the U.S., you can still see link farmers from time to time.
GoogleGuy msg #170 May 20
walthamstow, just remember that you want all-organic links. :)
Don't gun for #1 at "that major keyword"
TLD / language, give specific comments to Google
More changes to come
links=PR0 like red herring
Keep on doing what's right
About link pages
Funny one about link farms
Links will be 'organic'