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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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10:44 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Within a six month maximum timeframe will we see Google adopt a continuous update mechanism for PR recalculation rather than a periodic (monthly) update process?
10:51 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What do you see in the future for your relationship with the Open Directory?
10:55 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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In future is Google willing to publicly announce about the time and date of Google Update?

[edited by: aravindgp at 10:56 am (utc) on May 27, 2003]

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Is the freshbot now doing deepbot's work entirely?
10:58 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What is the future of the Google update? Will it become an ongoing (unnoticable) process or continue in stages (monthly, etc)?

Scott :)

10:58 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Do you see Microsoft as a competitor?
10:59 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What measures will be taken to combat Spam, will reporting help or will Google allow Spam to flourish?

Spam as defined in Google's Spam guidelines. Also Google Says: Ethical SEO firms report deceptive sites that violate Google's Spam guidelines [google.com].

[edited by: ciml at 6:17 pm (utc) on May 29, 2003]
[edit reason] fixed link [/edit]

11:01 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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GoogleGuy, what can I do to stop my adult related pages from appearing in non-adult related query results on Google?

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 9:07 pm (utc) on May 27, 2003]

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OK... I'll try to tidy up an issue covered by several other threads (at least!)... I'm afraid it relates to dominic:

For many sites, the index page seems to be buried on search terms for which logic determines they should rank highly. Is this a transient feature, like some of the other recent issues, resulting from the changeover to newer data? Or is it due to a more fundamental algorithmic change?

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If Google didn't exist, which other search engine would you use and why?
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Within the next 18 months, are you working towards personalisation of search results based upon a users' previous search history and locality, under either natural SERPS (free listing) or Advertising?

E.g. if I have been recently searching for "Car Sales", and then later search for "BMW", will the results be tailored to sites with information or selling bmw cars based around my local area?

JP

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Will Google introduce a PFI plan?
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I hear about and see duplicate content on domains which are owned by the same people according to whois. It is frustrating that buying a truck load of domains and inter-linking them can get you to the top of a serp. I have reported specific sites again and again. Am I wasting my time, or is there too much reported spam for Google to cope with using their existing staff?
11:24 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What is the reason that there was only a monthly update (so far), just because of technical limitations (e.g. the time for PR calculation)?

(In addition to the questions of percentages and Marketing_Guy)

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i'd like to support brummies question.

i've reported some sites with hidden (invisible periods) cross links on their index pages. is it worth continuing to report stuff like this or are you guys simply too busy to handle all of the spam reports that you receive?

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11:37 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Have Google ever considered moving on from the Toolbar and producing your own browser? Off the wall, I know, but the medium is the message and all that?
11:39 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Is Google considering offering an option to have Googlebot crawl sites everyday, for a fee? If so, when...if not, why not?
11:39 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Again the relationship with Open Directory
(I find the "google directory" search more reliable than the "google web search").
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(Per thread) How long does one iteration of PR calculation take. If that's too personal, an approximate time-frame would be ok: e.g. "More than days, less than weeks", "More than hours, less than Days" ;)
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Have you ever spammed or tweaked a relatives (or your own :)) site as a favour either manually or by giving them "the key" or ever been tempted?

<note> I had to ask :)</note>

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Is WebmasterWorld a serious source of feedback for Google, does the feedback get discussed by yourselves especially in the light of Update Dominic?
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Legitimate duplicate content and linking and how to guard against a penalty?

Examples:
Sites translated into foreign languages (may or may not have separate domains but would have duplicate pages for each langauge) could seem like mirrors.

Cross linking these sites to share content, resources and to add user flexibility.

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Will Google EVER get the upper hand on spammers? (Yes/No) :)
11:45 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Regarding the new algo, can we have some sort of guess estimate as to if and when it might be adopted by Google and if not, can we have an idea when things will hopefully get more stable or a new algo put in altogether?
11:50 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Part 1. Q1. What major aquisitions are on the cards for Google at the moment?

Part 2. Q1. What competitor(s) do you watch the most? and why?

11:51 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The same question as Scott :)

"What is the future of the Google update? Will it become an ongoing (unnoticable) process or continue in stages (monthly, etc)?"

Thanks, Karl :)

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Now that the "news" tab is fairly well established, what will the next new tab be?

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11:57 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Are the ODP and Google sites naturally occuring PR10 (PR11 for Google?) or is there some manual intervention for larger sites to ensure they have suitable PR?
11:58 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Are you planning an improvement of language detection. Some languages - especially Danish and Norwegian - don't filter right through on the serps?

Eg. Danish pages showing on Norwegian "only" searches and vice versa.

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