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Irrelevance and the current state of Google Results

Google returning 50% + irrelevant results in many many top tens

     
4:53 pm on Sep 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Page Rank + Inbounds can totally override page content irrelevance in Google = a crazy situation!

Pages about Red/Green/Blue etc Widgets can come up top ten for searches for 'Black Widgets', without even containing the word 'Black' except sometimes for a link out.

I can see how PR is a good thing, inbound link text relevance also - but currently I have dozens of searches which Google returns 50% irrelevant results for.

If Google had a simple 'must also contain the search words' policy it would work fine, but the results at the current time are supremely annoying!

Read the Google blog, and it's always CONTENT IS KING - not true!

Thoughts please.

1:05 am on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>dozens of searches which Google returns 50% irrelevant results for. <

ahhh......no.

The results are a bit messy from time to time but not even close to the figure you quote.

My mother always said, "I must have told you a million times not to exaggerate." ;)

6:28 am on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>If Google had a simple 'must also contain the search words' policy it would work fine

It has been suggested on numerous occasions by numerous people here at WW that Google ditch that dumb "I'm Feeling Lucky" button for a "Must Contain Search Words" type option instead.......the Plex's Marketing/PR/BS department seem to be indifferent to any suggestions of this type.

In the meantime try using quotation marks, they help clean up the results a bit better. Alternatively use ATW until Google gets out of theoretical world and back into the practical one;)

6:33 am on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I wonder whose down in the SERPS this month?
8:37 am on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The SERPS all moved when i checked this morning. I have some very relevants sites as number one for their respective keyword and they have dropeed to like #16 for one term and #19 for another.

Come on google!

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Hmm, msut say I've seen a large number of quoted search referals in my logs, even for single word searches.

This would support the theory that the SERPS aren'T too usefull and searchers try quotes to improve them.

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I think google is penalising keyord1-keyword2.com type domains.

They are no longer dominating serps top positions.

Anyone agree?

11:26 am on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Wouldn'T make sense as google never gave them any benefit.

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DO you think so kilroy?

I think it did. I made a test site for a little searched term and didnt use the term specifically in it.

With only a few inbound links my site went in at number 2 out of 633,000.

Im sure it was the title.

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How do you know it was the title rather than inbound anchor text from one of the links?
With a keyword1-keyword2 domain its very common for the inbound link to have the keywords in the anchor text.
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ok this is possible.