brinked - 8:42 pm on Dec 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
Thanks Tedster. I know they do a lot of manual reviews of websites, high traffic keyphrases etc but I think they can be doing more. I understand that is a lot to ask for, but with a company such as google with as much resources that they have, I think they can do more. Maybe I am too critical of google, but when you own the market like they do, I think they should be more critical of themselves.
Realistically speaking, if you perform the same search on bing that you do on google, the top 20 results will be similar, with usually the same sites listed just shuffled a little bit and bing will display several sites not listed on google because google slapped them with a penalty. So google being the best search engine is not a fact, it is a matter of opinion especially since there results are similar to others.
I remember when google first hit the market. Back then I used altavista and yahoo, askjeeves as well as hotbot and others. I remember I had to use all of them because I could never find what I was looking for with regularity on one engine. Then google came out with its simple design and relevant results and soon enough they were the search engine to use, and as time went on they were the only search engine to use because its competition was crap. Well now that is no longer the case. Google can release instant results, caffeine, video results, places, instant search, previews etc etc but people use google for the most relevant results and not for all of these add ons. If you ask me, all of these add ons take away from google and what made google popular to begin with. What made google popular was it was simple, direct and to the point. You went to google.com knowing you can focus on your search and not have to wait for a bunch of news stories to load (yahoo) and not have to worry about a bunch of features you never used. I am not interested in instant search, live previews etc and I think the average searcher feels the same. I know what I am looking for so stop showing me results that are not relevant to my search. If I want to search for a video about widgets, I will go to youtube or I will search for "videos about widgets", dont show me widget videos if I am not asking for them. If I want to know how to buy something online, I will include the phrase "how to" in my search.
I am more aware of googles flaws from watching my mother and my father doing a search. We as internet savvy internet consumers know how to get what we want but my parents and many of my clients do not know how to properly search for something and I thought this was their fault but I am starting to be more and more convinced that this is a problem with google.
I am trying to speak as an internet searcher rather a webmaster here. As a webmaster I would not have google change a thing because I know how to be successful with googles current system.