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That apparently would take too much time away from aimlessly whining.
If this person genuinely could point to a widespread problem then sending in a report, like s/he has been invited too, would take a few minutes. But instead we just get more crying, and the translation of that is almost certainly another single site or single tactic spammer has been dumped.
The serps have plenty of problems, and it is easy to point to the major ones without revealing your own information to the black helicopter-flying Trigooglateral Commision.
Find a search space with problems similar to yours and pass it on to GG with your comments.
I am new here, and I am unsure if GG wants to be deluged with specific complaints. I see that other people are suggesting the GG be mailed. But, he wants specific examples? (with or without risking black helicopters.) Really, GG?
Since nobody has commented about that theorising, may I assume that that I may have blundered onto some kernel of insight? Please forgive my arrogance, but when people think that someone has got it wrong in these forums, the poor devil is usually pounced upon with relish ....
So, based on the still shaky belief that the infrequent updates to the Google directory may be causing undesirable "jolts" in the SERPS, I would suggest that GoogleGuy consider advocating to his peers that there be a return to the more frequent updating of the Google directory.
"Find a search space with problems similar to yours and pass it on to GG with your comments."
That apparently would take too much time away from aimlessly whining.
Was that an open invitation from GoogleGuy or was it limited to a few individuals?
I have thousands of City Widgets examples of meaningless, irrelevant search results from Google where the best sites on the topics are AWOL. I am sure that many people here could come up with even more than I can.
To which email address can I (we) send them so that GoogleGuy will see them, and what should I (we) put in the Subject of the email to get his attention?
But in reality, imagine that I or anyone else sends such a list. I am not deluding myself to think that Google will change one thing in the algo as a result of my email. C'mon, really. It would take TENS or HUNDREDS of thousands of such emails to have an impact on Google. Wink wink nudge nudge. . .
We can work with Google or work against them. It sounds like they MIGHT be giving us an opportunity to work with them. I hope it's genuine.
I appreciate the politeness, Auteuil. Point taken.
elgrande, I wouldn't mind getting some specific feedback about good or bad searches. It's been about a month or so since I took a temperature reading. Please use the keyword "idesofmarch" when you fill out a spam report at www.google.com/contact/spamreport.html or when you email webmaster [at] google.com. I'll ask someone to collect the feedback and several Googlers will look it over.
I did find one weird situation that I've emailed to google with the idesofmarch googleguy tag that I would be very interested in your feedback.
In general though - good job done
Early last year this board was nothing but a big love affiar for Google. "Google rules" ... "G is the best" ... "I love Google"
Nowadays the mood here is drasticly different than a year ago. "What happened to Google?" ... "These SERPS suck!" ... "G loves SPAM" etc etc...
The shame of it all is that it must be true. Nobody studies Google more than we do. The quality of Google search is far less superior than it used to be. Nowhere is this more noticable and talked about than among the webmaster community, here.
However, the love affair for Google is still soaring high among the main stream press and the average internet surfer.
Did any of you see the cover of NEWSWEEK Magazine today? "The New Age of GOOGLE" "The Search Giant Has Changed Our Lives. Can Anybody Catch These Guys?"
The article goes on to put Google on the throne of search domination.
The fact is: The news media still LOVES Google. Google is a household name in internet search. People love Google so much that they never question the quality of the SERPS given to them.
Their mindset is: "If these are the sites Google is showing me then there must be a good reason for it."
People trust Google to the point where it can do no wrong, and it is never questioned.
My point is, we can bicker and complain amongst ourselves about the obvious suckage factor of Google until we are blue in the face. But that wont change anything. Nobody else is listening. And even if they did listen, they wouldn't beleive it. It would take a disaster of unprecidented proportions for Google to be de-throned. (Such as serving up porn for any and every search term, if only for a few minutes).
We, the webmasters, are only a tiny tiny fraction of the searching public.
The best we can do is just keep plugging away on our poor little sites and hope that someday people will start to figure out that our beloved Google is not what it used to be.
The gravy train is over my friends. Be we can still keep doing what we do best ... making great web sites!
I'll ask someone to collect the feedback and several Googlers will look it over.
Thanks, GoogleGuy. I sent it via email with "Idesofmarch" in the subject and body. Pardon my grammar - it was a stream of consciousness. I spent two hours writing it, so if someone at Google spends two minutes reading it, I will feel that it was worth the effort ;¬)
Is anyone else going to send some feedback to Google using "Idesofmarch"? This seems like a good time to do it.
I can see little logic in the results, I can't seem to determine what direction to go in to improve my lot in Google, I can't see any value in e-mailing the great google webmaster with explainations of poor results and specifics on why, .....just nothing but a waste of time. It appears to me that G is spending so much time playing with it's algo that it is whacking good quality sites in it's attempt to weed out the spam and throw the seor's of the tracks, funny thing is, the results are not getting rid of the spam, in short, it's not the spam that is getting whacked.
While I am frustrated and lacking direction, I am confident that I'm not alone. I am confident that the general user at large is noticing, they are however a little slower to react, but when the momentum builds, the effects will be devistating.
If I where G, I would be very afraid, because when you get in BG's sights, any little weakness you have will be a major one that he and his will pounce on. The time is now for G. Don't think for a minute that MS isn't looking at what is being said by webmasters about Googles quality and not figuring out how to take advantage of it. MS did it with Netscape and Netscape was arogant and thought they knew better what a surfer wanted.......look who won that one.
It appears Google is returning Austin results in some searches and Brandy results in others. These are all searches within the same sector. This can't be due to fresh pages being added, because they don't stay in the index long enough to matter. When is Google going to update their database with fresh pages and stop reverting to previous versions?
And yes I'm going to send examples to Google with "idesofmarch" in the message.
Then explain this:
- For a "major" single keyword, a site has entered at no 6.
- It has just one backlink, that too insignificant!
- It has very little text, all keyword stuffed.
- Infact it is an affiliate spam of a major site and looks exactly like the original.
- The main thing going for it is that it's URL is stuffed with keywords.
- it displays ads from Google in it's keyword category
is this last factor now swinging the weight in it's favour
[edited by: Namaste at 7:42 pm (utc) on Mar. 23, 2004]
My base philosophy has always been..."the audience is who I want to communicate with first...then the spiders"...seems to have worked "relatively well" during all the latest changes at Google...
You must have some standard in mind. If it consists of empty content directories - fine. If it consists of quality sites - o.k.
But whilst your algo is kept secret, it would be helpful to know what you are looking for.
Do you have a quality control system in place?
GoogleGuy has not actually explained what caused the changes in the SERPS around the Ides of March. He has dropped hints however. Its a bit like trying to read the tea leaves in the bottom of your cup, but this is what he did say in this thread:
On the second page of this thread: "I wouldn't call this an update, because no new algorithms have been pushed. In an SEO world in which search engines update their index every day, there's always going to be new data going out."
He hasn't retracted a word of that statement, however he did say: "Point taken" on page 5 of this thread in response to my suggestion about considering the updating the Google Directory more often. (I had been theorising earlier in this thread about the possibility that the updating of the Google Directory around the Ides of March may have caused some sort of a "jolt" in the SERPS, and that a return to the more frequent updating of their directory may be preferable in this regard.)
Will GoogleGuy put us out of our misery and be a little more explicit about what actually happened earlier this month? I for one certainly hope so. It certainly would do Google a power of good, just in PR terms alone, to be a little more forthcoming on this subject.