ownerrim - 12:30 am on Jul 4, 2004 (gmt 0)
My own google traffic is continuing to increase as well. I talk to people at work as well as friends and relatives who say they don't like the interfaces used by yahoo or msn. too cluttered some will say. others think that too many ads appear (yahoo). I tend to think that people trust a SE that seems focused on search, rather than one that attempts to be a portal or "everything-to-everyone-kind-of-deal". people prefer to trust specialists rather than generalists. as far as the value of links, when you have billions of pages and millions of sites, how else do you rank sites? You allow individual websites to do the ranking FOR YOU to some extent by looking at whether or not they've put their stamp of approval on a site by placing a link to it. You weight that stamp of approval by analyzing the text of the link and the content of the page that the link originates from and extend that thinking even further into things like hilltop. And then you further discount "certain links" by analyzing factors such as improbable numbers of links flowing from site A to site B and whether or not those sites exist in the same ip range. And, of course, you take into account onpage factors that tend to run logically in sync with content relevancy for the sake of delivering good results. I think google has the only approach that really works.