smokey_sterling - 4:06 pm on Dec 4, 2003 (gmt 0)
a) Has Google announced any updates in the Algo?
Here's a clip from a (hopefully) unbiased source:
>Google, as a matter of policy, does not discuss changes to its search engine algorithm. A spokesman said that the Mountain View, Calif., regularly tweaks its algorithms to improve the relevancy of search results.< -- eWeek
I think this policy of silence is definitely going to hurt Google. If Google does not agree to engage in an open and lengthy discussion of the algorithm and what is driving the changes, then it can only continue to breed distrust. Maybe I am paranoid, but the fact remains that weak results drive AdWords sales. I experienced it myself during my own searching -- see my previous post. That cannot be an accident/happy mistake/side effect of a change meant to improve results by penalizing dubiously optimized sites. If that is the claim then let's open the books and have a look at what they did and why. What are they afraid of? Of course we have no idea what they claim is the reasoning behind Fla. because they don't comment.