brinked - 3:14 am on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
But we're here to talk about the SERPs, not the government. I wonder if anyone has seen any unintended fallout from the algo change that just rolled out last night [googleblog.blogspot.com].
Tedster, you want to hear a really funny and true story about this. I was talking to a colleague of mine about this article and I am always trying to think like google, and formulas that google uses or could use to prevent spam from ranking and all sorts of theories. Anyway, I told my friend I hope they dont make a special filter for sites that have bad reputation on the web. I then googled this particular vendor that was featured in the NYT, and we saw a bunch of negative reviews. So we looked at each other and both thought the same exact thing. If google implements a filter for resellers that have extremely poor feedback/reviews then it would open the door for people to sabotage their competitors by outsourcing people to rate, review, blog etc a website negatively. I really hope google made this change air tight because I certainly do not want to think about them opening the door for competitor sabotage. I myself can literally write a formula to detect that this company was a bad business just based on the feedback found in google, and for the sake of many good businesses and legit startup businesses, I hope google does not open the door for this. I am especially involved in this kind of stuff because I deal with very competitive searches and I know first hand that several of the businesses not only do a lot of positive SEO for themselves, but they try to negatively impact the rankings of their competition.