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Netscape main results are now Google

Netscape search appears to have dropped ODP results in favor of Google

     
6:50 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The top two Overture results are still being displayed at the top of the page, but the rest of the SERPs are Google's, with small differences in some searches.
7:00 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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wow, that's great.

I'm seeing BIG differences in some searches.

7:09 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Good news for my traffic :)
7:11 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The site overall looks great, a little too AOLish for my liking, but it looks (or perhaps I should say feels) better.

This should revive Netscape quite a bit. A little "Googling" never hurt anyone!

Does anybody know if Adwords Select will be used in Netscape? I hope so, even more exposure, yeah :)

7:15 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The server is temporarily too busy to process your request. Please try again in a few minutes.

After a couple of minutes.
They put "" auto on the queries right?

(edited by: lazerzubb at 7:18 pm (utc) on May 21, 2002)

7:17 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It's working like pure google ... i don't care the few overture ads.

And since the server sometimes gives the error "busy server try again later" there could be a lot fresh traffic coming in for my sites if they'll tune up their capacity! Google rocks!

7:24 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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That Google train keeps on truck'in ;)
8:06 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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We seem to be getting quite a bit of traffic off these results now. Always nice to have another good source of traffic flow!
8:06 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Yeah I've noticed that the search results at netscape.com don't look like those at google.com . Not even similar really
8:07 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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dont seem pure google to me. One site has two listings on the first page at 3 and 4 (ours) and google proper has changed their rankings on the same keyword query (we dropped a couple of notches with only one page from the site displayed). (but we are told there is no update)
8:26 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I agree with chiyo...

my ranking in google is higher then it is in netscape...so it doesn't look like pure google??

what do you guys think?

8:29 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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One of my keywords is #2 on GooglScape and on the second page somewhere on Google.

So, Yes they are different.

8:38 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The Google fans must be flocking in droves. Only search result from here is:

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8:55 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Not an exact replica of google on the first page of my main serp, but it's because they listed an indent as a numbered slot... the rest is the same.
9:05 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Wow! Looking pretty darn good!
It looks to me like Google with a tight spam filter. Can't wait to see the difference in logs over time...
9:14 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It's not 100% Google for sure, maybe a pointer to the way forward with AOL, a DMOZ/Google combo [they seem to be getting closer and closer...I wonder if..].
9:15 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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What were Netscapes Results Prior to google? Whatever they were I have to say I had good results with those too.
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I also agree with chiyo...

on one of my keywords in Google #6.
Nowhere on Netscape.
Competitors above and below me are listed though.
uuuummm. now what ???

9:25 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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has anyone read the "about this" popup, it is interesting.
<added>beside where it says sponsored and matching in red text

"Sponsored Links: These are paid links provided by Overture.com and Google.com"
- seems that adwords will be mixed with overture but i can't find any that mix the two yet

"Matching Results: Our knowledgeable research staff selects the most relevant links to display first"
- not to sure where these come from but on a lot of terms there seem to be a couple of results before the google listings start

(edited by: jatar_k at 9:44 pm (utc) on May 21, 2002)

9:32 pm on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I seen an AOL popup...any possible affiliation with google there?
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Definitely not exactly google. I have a #1 spot on google and don't even show up on netscape. Could be that there knowledgeable staff has no knowledge on my product.
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>It's not 100% Google for sure

Is there a regional factor involved?

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There's gotta be. Seems like there's an extra redirect before loading the netscape front page. (I haven't been there for months, though). I'm getting Google results here in New England.

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Not pure, current Google IMO.
For my keywords, it looks like index immediately previous to the current one.
Testing, I reckon.

(edited by: mgswebaus at 10:16 pm (utc) on May 21, 2002)

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Ahhhhh - I figured it out! The google results are coming from my.netscape.com - all other areas of netscape are still using looksmart and or dmoz and jeeves and - holy cow - they're a mess over there.

But, it can be certain that my.netscape.com is giving the google results in question here. (And I've gotten zero hits from it... Grrrr).

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Remember, AOL/TimeWarner owns the Netscape Corp., and therefore owns Open Directory. Google has an infatuation with Open Directory, because of the purity (relatively) of it's listings. It only makes sense that whatever deal AOL/TimeWarner worked out with Google would impact the Netscape search engine.

The Netscape directory is still an exact copy of the Open Directory Project. I haven't figured out how they order the directory results though - it's not by PageRank or alphabetically. Maybe they're going to mix it up a bit for directory clickers.

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Its almost like google is "re-knitting" the web with all it has been doing lately. Do most people expect more traffic due to this change?
12:50 am on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Jatar_k....

Netscape is scheduled to end it's PPC affiliation with Overture in August.

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The results there are definately weird - for example a search on the term <snip> comes up with this one in 3rd place - and it is nothing but an empty page with a title:

That same site is further down the list on Google, around 13th.

But still, I would like to know how a site with no content at all got such a high listing on either one....

<Please, no specific sites. ~Marcia>

(edited by: Marcia at 6:40 am (utc) on May 22, 2002)

1:30 am on May 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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My index page is coming up on Netscape with it's Google title and Dmoz description and all other pages come up pure google.
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