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Thanks everybody. If you give us a heads-up on what you want to hear about, that makes it that much less likely that anyone in the audience will fall asleep. :)
Is there any online gallery of all the Google logos?
Who draws your logos?
Have you ever come under pressure (or been offered bribes) to put certain sites higher up?
Are you under any pressure to remove sites with certain business models?
Have you ever removed a site for political reasons?
Do you think Yahoo have pinched your 'look and feel'?
If you go public, how will that change the results? (because, for instance, the largest shareholders will want their business model favored).
Do you think you might have guilded the lily somewhat with some of your latest updates?
Is it anyone's job to say 'its exactly right this month, lets not mess with it'?
Do you use anything that tells you how long a user stayed on a particular result before returning to Google (or ignored it altogether) and if you do, are you using (or planning to use) this data to tweak either the results or the algo, in real time?
[edited by: 1cicle at 4:24 am (utc) on Feb. 22, 2004]
[edited by: Marcia at 11:00 pm (utc) on Feb. 22, 2004]
[edit reason] No narcing and no specifics, please. [/edit]
I'd be curious to hear comments about commercial versus information oriented results in the SERP's.
Is G of the mind, for example - to paraphrase one of the great minds associated with the Web - that ultimately search should be able to intuit a query and deliver the best possible set of SERP's, regardless of whether the query is commercial or information in nature?
Or, is there a sense at the 'Plex that eventually the two areas might need to be separated somehow?
Does Google intend to continue to rotate data centers in the regular SERPS on an ongoing and daily basis?
If so why? What purpose does it serve?
(If this question is answered at PubCon, would somebody write down the answer please and sticky me!) I am really curious to know.
2. PageRank, has it changed? Will it change? Does it still bear the relevancy it used to - being the single most important factor?
Wish I was going to the New York conference... Will Google be speaking at the Toronto one in May? I hope so.
Sounds like a good topic to me. :)
[edited by: sidyadav at 5:42 am (utc) on Feb. 22, 2004]
2. PPC click fraud steps to take if suspected. Whats auto detected whats not.(can't answer specifics I know)
3. Site standards/requirements/guidlines for displaying Adsense? i.e. Do auto-generated garbage "directories" meet quality guidlines?
There seems to be a consensus that Google attracts mostly "techie" searchers while Yahoo attracts the "layman" searchers.
Thus Google's traffic is considered inferior when it comes to sales conversion since techies are deemed to be information hunters rather than shoppers.
How is Google going to re-capture the loss in "layman" searchers due to the Yahoo split?
I'm interested in that one, too. Among many other offerings and services that come to mind, a Google browser would be fun.
As Larry Page said in the NY Times [nytimes.com],
Mr. Page did not discuss the e-mail service directly, but he did say that Google's aspirations have moved beyond its initial, already immodest, mission statement: "to organize the world's information."
"We are trying to put our effort into things that really matter to people that we can make significantly better," he said.
This is where, for me, the excitement lies.
[edited by: martinibuster at 6:20 am (utc) on Feb. 22, 2004]
Having worked very hard on my site and been a member here for almost two years and implimented the things I have learned here, I kept gathering relevant links, kept my site clean and on target, no changes, and with this update although I am very pleased to have regained the #1 position (for now) I am followed by all of those Directory Industry sites and have no clue what I did to recover other than to get listed on some of those directories and pay, and then maybe gain link value? I don't know...
I would love to know what Google values as a good clean relevant content site... I would love to know why the Directories are doing so well...I would like to know what the small guy can do to gain and maintain presence in these times...I don't believe that we have the power or possibility to have the link gathering that these directories, newspapers, and city.org sites maintain....and yet they are the ones given ranking over the industry specific regional sites... and even though I am doing well I still fear it is temporary given what I still see in the SERPS ... what does Google want to see?
Please devote a little time to the basics of what Google thinks is important
Have 'the basics' been redefined?
I think a word about what google thinks is acceptable SEO, vs unacceptable SEO would help newbies and old timers alike.
There is a lot of talk about 'SEO penalties' that have come as a result of Florida, and it would be useful for everyone to have a word on what google expects sites to do, and what not to. Even simple things are not clear anymore to a lot of people.
When I, as a user, type in a specific location, I don't want information from Montana, Nevada, etc. I want relevant information to the specific location.
[edited by: DaveAtIFG at 6:36 am (utc) on Feb. 22, 2004]
[edit reason] Removed specifics [/edit]
There's been so much discussion in recent months about certain commercial industries being impacted negatively by the latest algo updates, and the sight of so many information sites appearing in the SERPs of what should be a commercially-oriented search seems to justify the idea that these industries have been targeted.
I'm going to turn that question on its head with my own question:
When can we expect to see less commercial clutter in what, according to its mission statement, is an information-oriented search engine? :-)
2. Who does Google see as their biggest competitor?
Likelyhood of the real answer 2/10
3. When will Adsense TOS become contractually realistic? paraphrase, why can't I talk about what I make(or don't)?
Likelyhood of any answer 2/10
4. When will adsense payments be more flexible? (Who uses Checks?)
Likelyhood of the real answer 7/10
5. What would google do if Yahoo offered something similar to Adsense?
Hypothetical but interesting
6. Can't index changes be scheduled in advance so we know when our sites are going to drop out and we can start building new ones early. (Irony)