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GoGuides.org new homepage

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Powdork

8:43 am on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I went by to check my directory listing (after all, it cost $) and I just thought their new logo was about as close a font to Google's as i've seen. Its a good thing they didn't call it the 'relevant results search engine'

ncsuk

8:52 am on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I like it, font is a little hard to read though sadly :(

chris_f

9:08 am on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The Logo definity looks like Catull. I might go out and buy it :)

I'm not impressed with the search engine though. I typed in my search term and the top 7 results where completly unrelavant.

Chris

ncsuk

9:38 am on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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i typed SEO in and go no results back

4eyes

10:06 am on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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i typed SEO in and go no results back

Looks like it is spam-free then ;)

mack

10:48 am on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The Contrast on the homepage makes it difficult to read. To much of a mix with bright colors and pale text.

kovacs

10:54 am on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What an excellent job they've done of ripping off Google's design.

cornwall

12:40 pm on May 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>the spam free search engine

Going out on a bit of a plank if they say that.

Volunteer editors are notoriously difficult to control.

A statement of content about the directory that is either very brave or very foolish!

vik_c

6:23 am on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Goguides ran a contest sometime back for designing its logo. The winner was promised free advertising.

nancyb

7:29 am on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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my eyes are crossed after 2 min with that font/background. Can't go back there again, it hurts.

cornwall

9:14 am on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>the spam free search engine

Yes, continued to worry about that statement, as it is (virtually) impossible to guarantee.

I looked at their top level accommodations page - of 13 sites 2 are mirrors and (at least) one an affiliate

The top level hotels page (19 sites listed) has at least 3 affiliate sites.

That was on taking a brief look at GoGuides.

IMO they should consider changing the "spam free web search" to perhaps something that is easier to guarantee with volunteer editors at work!

EliteWeb

9:22 am on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I dont mind the design infact I kinda like it :D
20/20 vision here.

creative craig

9:48 am on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I edit there :)

The search engine is still a little bit hit and miss, but we are told that the people in the know are working on it.

Volunteer edited directories will aways have their problems I guess. I have brought it up that it isnt a 100% spam free directory before and I never heard anything back about it :(

Craig

Brad

11:27 am on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>the spam free search engine

Good marketing.

skipfactor

1:02 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What an excellent job they've done of ripping off Google's design.

Can't believe they used exact same raised font, look at the lower case "g" & compare to Google.

Goguides ran a contest sometime back for designing its logo. The winner was promised free advertising.

very bottom of the page "Graphic design by Eden Creations", heck I could have done a better job copying the Google homepage for that free ad.

Guess goguides are aiming for Google's directory/DMOZ slot. Guess I would be too.

ncsuk

1:11 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yeah im an editor there as well and I can say im proud to be a member of a spam free search engine.

Must be the only one on the planet :)

excell

2:08 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It would be helpful to drop a line to spam@goguides.org with the URL of any offending sites you see in the directory.

There is value in listing on smaller directories such as this and as with any voluteer edited directory there will always be this and that to gripe about. Better to get in there and assist, I say :)

excell

2:10 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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PS, I personally think the google look alike logo is in rather poor taste and that it would be far better to brand the directory in an individualistic manner.. perhaps they will hear you all :)

cornwall

2:19 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>It would be helpful to drop a line to spam@goguides.org with the URL of any offending sites you see in the directory.

The point I was making was not about this or that bit of spam in GoGuides, but the fact that is they claim to be "Spam Free" as their main slogan, then it is a claim that they cannot possibly live up to :(

I went to a page at random (well a page that I knew would be a test of "spam free" or otherwise), and the directory failed the test.

I tried a second page that was likely to contain spam, and lo and behold it did.

It is not a rigorous statistical test, but the same pages on DMOZ do not have as much spam!

excell

2:24 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Your point is taken,, it would be better to say, "we strive for a SPAM free directory" or some such.

I think it would be almost impossible to be totally SPAM free as sites change and things slip in etc. I know with a small regional directory I help with it is very, very hard work to keep on top of, that is why shooting off an e-mail to the spam people is always a great idea. Helping to keep the Internet a better place is a community effort.

ncsuk

2:31 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I think we should just strive for a spam free internet really.

Anyone fancie making a robot that only fetches dodgy site and then sends it to Google :)

creative craig

2:34 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I edit over a large section of the directory and it is just the same (I think) as all directories with backlogs dating back to November, multiple submits, affialiate sites etc etc...

I think that same as all directories :)

Craig

excell

2:37 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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A most excellent suggestion ncsuk LOL
It really should be easier to do that that the reverse.
Now, where are the programmers for that one.

plmok

2:39 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>It is not a rigorous statistical test, but the same pages on DMOZ do not have as much spam!

Maybe dmoz definition of spam and goguides definition of spam are different in some degree? I know goguides considers porn as being spam where dmoz will list those kinds of sites.

>>the google look alike logo is in rather poor taste

So any site that uses raised font in their logo better watch out. pleazeeeeee :)

excell

2:51 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to the forums plmok, your opinions are valued here, as I am sure you value others opinions. It's great to have an open forum where we can help each other and improve the web at the same time.

In referance to the logo - I always think being unique and as different as possible from anything that is well branded is the best way to go. (just my opinion really)

Adding: it is not the *same* font, but I just think it is a little too close in "look and feel" making it not *special*

[edited by: excell at 2:54 pm (utc) on May 11, 2003]

ncsuk

2:54 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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They should get someone as rubbish at graphics design as me to make it then they would be assured that it is unique and unlikely to ever be copied...

chris_f

3:07 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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ROFLMAO :)

ncsuk

3:07 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Glad you liked that :)

jimbeetle

3:16 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>I typed in SEO and got no results back.

Same here, but look what you get if you click under "Webmaster Resources," complete with a "Good tips from Google" link. Guess original content and design is not a priority at goguides, surprised they don't have a Mother's Day logo.

Brad

3:27 pm on May 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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"We try to keep out spam but it slips through so it is sort spam free," just does not have the marketing appeal. ;)

GoG is staking out a marketing position nothing more. I think a forum full of "Internet Marketers" can cut them some slack on the _absolute_ truth in advertising claims. :) LOL, my laundry detergent has been "new and improved" every year since I was a kid. It ought to be able to eat the paint off a battleship just by holding up the bottle by now.

I'm sure they are trying very hard to keep spam out and that many searchers might notice that it does have less spam than some other search engines might.

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