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Why does Google list the same links multiple times in a row?

     

ecommerceprofit

5:00 am on Aug 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm the guy who complains about Google favoring sites with more links. I go into great detail on how their linking algorithms are outdated. This is another debate that goes on in other threads. Today I would like to discuss a new topic.

When I type in "generic widget" about 5 sites keep showing up on page 1,2,3,4 approx. They are not exclusive but fill up a good deal of links...

This is how some pages and phrases look on Google:

Site A

Site B

Site C

Site C

Site C

Site H

Site J

Site B

and so forth...Google really should add to their algorithm a filter that says...only one site listing per 4 pages or whatever...it does the user no good to see the same site over and over.

It does the merchant no good (people like me) when their site rarely shows up ...which affects Google...why? Because they are making some sites tons of money while other sites get the scraps...if I had more revenue coming in I would be spending a great deal on Google adwords, etc...

Of course, putting all of the money in just a few older sites / or big box store sites could be their strategy...but I think that would be flawed because it's never good to put all of your eggs in one basket...

BeeDeeDubbleU

8:29 am on Aug 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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This was a policy shift and I agree that the results are terrible as a result.

Listen to your man squirming as he tries to justify it on this video.
[youtube.com...]

tigger

11:09 am on Aug 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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it makes you wonder how long before G does a u-turn on this JOKE...I've seen sites taking the top 20 results ! pls tell me what this offers the surfer?....Oh I know, it means he clicks the ads .

BeeDeeDubbleU

11:18 am on Aug 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I would say that google's results are as bad as they have ever been right now.

chewy

6:36 pm on Aug 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google knows best.

What a sad joke. Bring back "host crowding"!

Or just use the minus sign to get rid of those pesky multiple results.

jimbeetle

9:08 pm on Aug 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Related thread [webmasterworld.com] in the Google forum. Be sure to click through to the cited seomoz article and also see Danny Sullivan's search engine land article [searchengineland.com]

chewy

10:55 pm on Aug 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hoo boy. Yep.

My glib comment above was a bit glib, this is so very different than what I remember. Sure the minus sign works for me, but what about the rest of the world.

And notice what is at the bottom of those 6/7 listings? The usual AdWords block.

I surf so much with 100 results turned on, I loose touch with what the rest of the world sees.

I just logged in on a machine that intentionally has no history and is set up to show the default results.

chewy

11:01 pm on Aug 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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this (similar but a bit different) is also been touched on briefly over on FOO.

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