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10:35 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Post your best question you would like to ask GoogleGuy and at the end of the week, we'll pull out the top 10 requests and submit them to him in another thread:

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4:21 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Will Google ever offer a Toolbar for Mac users?
4:55 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Are you considering publishing a book based on your "new" algo? *To help webmasters/Seo's to understand what to do and what not to do*
If so, then when and where can we get it?
If not, then why not?
5:12 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What is the timeframe for a google IPO?
6:27 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Why did Google put the PR indicator on the toolbar - and when will they drop it so that sites can go back to linking for the right reasons.
6:38 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Is exchanging links still an important part of search engine positioning? Or with this new algo and spam filters is this a thing of the past?
6:47 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Where does Google want to go today?

When will the hostile takeover occur? :)

7:28 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Does Google have any plans of introducing a paid service for webmasters that would allow them to determine whether a site is penalized or not (and why), and when the penalty will be lifted?
8:23 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Can you please give us your own, updated, version of Brett's "12 months to success with Google alone" thesis?
8:59 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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May I have a link from your index page?
9:01 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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india has one of the largest internet populations in asia.
will google launch an indian based google.co.in?
9:15 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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GG, what do you anticipate the life of Adwords (without any fundamental changes) will be? Note: This includes any PFI programmes.
10:25 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Could Google offer webmasters ALREADY in the Google index the ability to signal that they have changed their servers -via some kind of page?

In this way webmasters could signal to the Googlebot to refresh its DNS for a site at the next crawl.

For eight months a site I've seen has suffered because Googlebot goes and crawls a domain that was hosted on a static IP and was then switched over to a another server.

Googlebot keeps going back to the domain using the old DNS, and indexing the site that now sits at that IP, more interesting than that is, Google then gives the keywords assigned to the old domain to the site now sitting on that IP! And presents them in their search engine results.

Patience is a virtue...so I am told..but this is getting out of hand!

I know I'm not alone either.

Glyn.

10:41 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Sometimes Dmoz moves a site from a category to another category or move entire categories.
How much does this shifting influence the Google algo?
11:54 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Automated position checkers like WPG are against Google's TOS, yet many website owners demand ranking reports.

Why not extend the Google Web APIs License Key to WPG, IBP, Web CEO, Top Dog etc etc so users can safely run checks? I understand WPG approached Google about this but got no response.
< I have no association with WPG >

12:08 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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When will Google dismantle the TOOLBAR.

Startup sites dont have a chance with it!

12:36 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Will Google give marketers some overriding switch to check Adwords that appear in another country as part of a SERP, e.g. someone in .au checking .uk?

(Services like anonymizer are OK when checking US results but not easily available in other places)

12:58 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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GoogleGuy - If you were David Letterman and didn't work for Google, knowing what you know:

What would be your Top 10 list of ranking well in Google?

...and may you someday be as wealthy! thanks for the tips!

1:33 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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BlockRank, ThemeRank, whatever the heck it's called, gazing into the crystal ball any time frame for implementation?

<oops>Looks like I've read stuff wrong. Disregard.</oops>

1:54 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Does googlebot index or read RDF documents and/or look at <link rel="meta" href="document.rdf">?
3:13 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone from Google ever had talks with AltaVista, Inktomi, AllTheWeb, MSN, or Teoma about creating a set of standards that will enable webmasters to cleanly remove or redirect old urls or individual pages using one simple command or set of commands? Part B: Have there been any standards discussions at all with other search engine companies?

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3:52 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Can one site damage another?

Re. People building sites or adding links to bad sites to try to damage competitors. (Sorry if this has been asked, there are too many questions to read and check.)

3:57 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Will Google improve the algorithm to add consideration for the depth and breadth of content on a page, or even the depth of information on a whole website (versus calculating PageRank and results by the page)?

See also... [webmasterworld.com...]

4:06 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Nout' to do with SERPs this one :)

Are Google concerned about the impact the media might have upon what would otherwise be a successful IPO?

4:10 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Has google ever considered something like gTidy ( Google Tidy ) that would say either OK or BAD when given an html page? No need to tell us why a page was bad, we should know.

[edited by: athinktank at 6:52 pm (utc) on May 28, 2003]

4:43 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How soon should we expect Google to start parsing JavaScript in order to detect problem pages using sneaky client-side redirects?
6:32 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Currently links to a page are treated equally whether they come from pages on the same domain or from pages on other "outside" domains.

Does Google plan to deemphasize the weight of links coming from pages on the same domain?

6:47 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How many spam reports does Google get a day?
8:09 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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When is a bribe not a bribe?

and....

'...While search engines have improved steadily under the hood since the first days of the Web, they look and function pretty much the same as ever.

But computer scientists are working on new search techniques and interfaces that could significantly alter most surfers' results pages. Expect, for example, to be able to sift through search results graphically, or to
personalize Google results. ...'

Discuss in no more than 200 words.

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Do they give tours of the Googleplex? When are you going to retire?
9:21 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What are the future plans of "Google Compute"?
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