---- Does Google recognize double listings in the Google directory?
Dolemite - 12:45 am on Mar 28, 2004 (gmt 0)
"The whole idea of a good search engine is that it makes directories obsolete."
If that is your idea of what a search engine is, don't give up your plumbers license.
That isn't my assertion, though I don't disagree. This is from "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine":
Human maintained lists cover popular topics effectively but are subjective, expensive to build and maintain, slow to improve, and cannot cover all esoteric topics. ... We have built a large-scale search engine which addresses many of the problems of existing systems
Dmoz is by far the highest quality respource [sic] on the Internet, even if it could be lots better.
Highest quality resource on the internet? By far? That's quite a far-reaching statement, are you sure you don't want to qualify that somehow? I would hesitate to use such strong language about a single thing from such a large set of things.
And even if you might call ODP the best non-specific, volunteer-edited, online directory, that doesn't mean this directory is of any use to a search engine.
Face it, Google values good sites; and Google values the judgment of good sites... which just po's affiliate spammers, template peddlers and piffle purveyors.
Unfortunately, too many of these folks have become editors or otherwise found their way into the directory.