Jessica97 - 3:06 am on May 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
Panda has introduced some fundamental flaws that continue on within search. If I search for information, one moment I could get totally irrelevant results, and have to go to another search engine to find what I need and then hours later, the results for the same search are actually looking better. Is this part of the everflux that is happening? And maybe one reason why some are not finding fault with certain searches whereas others are reporting results that would make even a fledgling search engine look beyond amateurish? The problem that I saw and continue to see with the introduction of Panda is that search results for a particular term may vary widely from one moment to the next. In the new post Panda world the relevancy factor just gets blown so often now with Google's search results. But what I can't figure out is how their algorithm was released with such a high failure rate that even a 6th grader could pick up that there are some major ongoing problems. After 3 months it's hard to imagine that things are not looking much better in search. And yes, a 6th grader I know today couldn't find anything near what they were looking for when searching for info related to a popular sports event. Hours later, I do find appropriate results, but during the day today, nothing close to the proper information was being displayed. This is not an isolated incident, but unless one keeps a printout of the terms, time and date of the search, it is hard to track. Wondering if it could be useful to keep a log of these type of searches. This is not about whether Google is blocking non quality and promoting quality sites. Or whether big brands deserve to be on top or not. Or what the corporate PR "spin" machine says about Panda. This is just looking at the quality or lack thereof of the relevancy of information returned and then noting how what one gets can fluctuate from useful to not even close to the mark. If all the webmasters are taken out of the equation and we are not debating whether certain sites should or should not have triggered the Panda, what we end up with is that search to succeed long term needs to deliver at least a bare minimum of relevant results. That is where I am seeing Google miss the mark with Panda. If it's not ready for Prime Time, then go back and fix it until it is ready for release. In construction we have a saying that if the foundation and bones of a home are poor and in so much disrepair sometimes it is best to start over with a clean slate. Maybe that's what needs to happen with Panda. I'm just writing in frustration after spending a day where I wasn't working on websites, or doing any kind of promotion. Today all I wanted was relevant information and during the afternoon, that was not what I got using Google.