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So - temporary respite for to avoid embarrassment at the conference season or has the latent semantic wotsits test been passed aside?
Any chance that Google might be buckling from the pressure of all the recent bad press they've been getting about their poor search results lately... perhaps deciding to retro back to pre-florida days when their results were actually relevant?
I for one think it would be a very wise move for them to revert to an old index until they're able to figure out what is going on and can fix the problems they're having with their algo.
What you are seeing is Brandy.
Brandy is made of Florida + Austin - A secret ingredient.
They are absolutely definitely not pre Florida.
No need to discuss origins further just enjoy the best results Google has produced for ages.
Now where did those two secondary sites of mine disappear ;)
The CIRCA paper talks about
Terms: sequences of one or more tokens that stand as meaningful units
In my particular area one explanation for what I am seeing would be that they have added to the ontology the term involved as a meaningful unit in its own right. Although there are a significant volume of searches for the term they are almost exclusively from the UK.
As an example if someone searched for blue grass Then the ontology should probably see this as a single unit and link it to music. Rather than blue = colour grass = plant.
I would be interested to hear how place name service searches are fairing now.
This may be a bit off topic and I don't want to waste people's time with this but the BBC article arose through a program called "Working Lunch". This is a daily business program which airs on BBC2 (For non UK people this is not the most popular BBC channel.) It is also on at a time of day when very few business oriented people see it, (because they are at work).
My point is that I have not seen many other examples of Google bad press. Recently the good press that they have received has probably more than outweighed the bad.
Good results peppered with off topic results
Good results peppered with "high semantic content close but not on target" results
Good results going to page 2 and page 2 results going to page 1.
Good results gone entirely.
Relevant on topic authority results gone.
Good results with spam (but on target spam).
My conclussion is that you don't have to wait a month or 2 any more for spam to rank. Now you have to wait a week. 2 at the most.
I hate spam grrrrrr
My conclussion is that you don't have to wait a month or 2 any more for spam to rank. Now you have to wait a week. 2 at the most
I've actually seen some examples of inadvertant semantic spam. Webmasters who have really thrown everything at it with every conceivable variant of terms related to their product in long lists on the page.
I wonder how long it will be before we see deliberate semantic spam?
Same here, I noticed a couple pages rank for a word pairing that neither page is about. Page-1 is about a keyword pair... page-2 has the third term only in anchor text to page-1. Both rank top ten for the combined three word phrase with the page linked to a couple places higher in the serps then page-2. Of course neither is entirely on target for my purposes.