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Google suits and the Florida Chamber of Commerce would just like to say...welcome to Florida! (Google florida update)
Money words are now blocked and filtered, especially on the root of a domain. PR is not going to get your site through the Google mom-and-pop filter (florida, austin, brandy, seattle, yeaahahahaaa! google pulls a howard dean and goes totally nuts). It does look real nifty in the Google toolbar however, for whatever that is worth.
Go read up on the 'Google florida filter' which by chance happens to filter on the most popular 'commercial phrases' AKA 'money words' at a time when Google is supposedly raising cash to go public.
That is when all of this started. Some people believe the filter being used by Google might be the 'hilltop' algo which tries to use supposed 'expert' pages such as DMOZ and others to filter for 'better' results (in theory). There are many indications that it is the Hilltop algo being used for the filter.
Could this instead just be an innocent grand folly into testing the nutty Hilltop algo? It is possible, but the perception of Google doing it for financial gain ahead of their going public is a strong one. The effect to mom-and-pop businesses is the same regardless of motive and the fact that Google has stood by the poor filter for so long even after seeing the very damaging effects of small businesses who are being locked out of Google for natural search terms (i.e. city state profession) supports the greed motive.
I see what you mean now. However, I think the Google florida filter which targeted some commercial terms has died a death. It was too strong and I believe google back peddled big time. Many sites that were affected are now back as pre florida with no changes to their pages. At the time, reducing duplicate occurances of a keyword phrase within recognised optimisation techniques helped some sites. But it seems that many people who just waited and did nothing got their rankings back anyway.
Missing home pages is a different problem.
[edited by: tedster at 2:45 am (utc) on April 5, 2004]
Same here too... using the backwards links option on the toolbar gives me 4 backwards links, all 4 linking to the site in question are from other sites I own. What is that? However, a keyword search for "mysite" does list all sites that have reciprocal links with me.
Still haven't figured this one out.