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Here is my Google AdWords wishlist -
1) Get rid of those irritatingly high minimum CPC for top keywords and let the market decide the price.
2) Email notification whenever the credit card is billed.
3) Ability to selectively syndicate ads (partner site syndication)
4) Ability to distinguish clicks/impressions from Google and its partner sites.
5) Replace "Expected number of clicks" (displayed when setting up a campaign) by "expected number of impressions"
6) Display of monthly expected impressions when using the keyword search tool.
7) Some sort of notification to all the customers whenever they carry out their repairs.
8) Some sort of real time customer support, either online chat or telephone support or both. If this is an expensive proposition, Google can charge a small fee for those who opt for real-time support.
9) um.. some sort of funky graphical reports, like FindWhat's..?
Otherwise, by year's end, I expect to see a cartoon character named GoogleGuy in his own Saturday morning children's program. Now that they've got us hooked, get down there and get the GoogleLuv going while they're young!
I would like to see PFI
Ummm, wouldn't that defeat the entire basis upon which the Google algorythm is based? PR is their whole deal. How could they maintain their PR ranking model when using PFI?
Sites which do not conform to Google's guidelines would naturally expect to get into the database through PFI ... but wouldn't they also expect not to be immediately PR0'd?
How would that work Ove? (Sorry if I seem dense) :)
more carefully crafted public relations -
more people becoming dis-satisfied with Google’s attempt to dominate the web -
more attempts by Google to impose Google’s “values” to the web -
I also hope one day people criticizing Google in these forums will not have to listen to people say things like “sour grapes” and people that can’t get position in Google are the ones that complain about Google. (for the record I have more #1 positions in Google than I can keep up with, and I can keep up with a lot.)
I have many small clients that the pfi would be a greate alternative to them its hard for a new site in a small buiseness in a small country like Sweden to get all those links that you must have to get succes. I think it would be a great alternative. And another thing the site owner dont know about odp and such directories but we know how to get in google pretty fast, but must of the siteowners does not know that.
Just a wish from me because i can send them a bill faster :-)
1) Email of notification of billing (as mentioned above)
2) Big pause button for account
3) Button for pausing when your site is down (a bot can check every 15 minutes or so and automatically reactivate the site when the host bothers to sort themselves out - this would help reduce dead links from the results)
4) Advert selection by best match (not random advert). If you have five adverts and one advert has the title 'blue widgets' and another 'red widgets' and the keywords are 'red widgets' and 'blue widgets' - I want the 'blue widgets' advert to appear when I search on 'blue widgets', but not when I search for 'red widgets'. They rank on the SERPS, they could easily rank on the AdWords.
For normal Google:
1) Much better index (back to how it was a few months ago would be one start)
2) Less penalisation for dynamic pages (mny html pages are dynamic using htaccess anyway)
3) Penalisations for number of dead links on a page (these would have to be recorded by google over two or three months and then begin to penalise in case you are pointing to sites that are temporarily down)
4) A webmaster.google.com so we can check our rankings instantly as well as other tasks without hammering their general servers allowing us to instantly type in our web address and search term to view the position number
5) A bit more user customisation on what google shows in the description, perhaps a meta tag could be used "GoogleDesc" of a maximum of, say 50 characters, plus a snippet as it is now would be useful
6) Better penalisation for obvious spammers. This needs to be done quickly - there are a lot of them out there at the moment with high rankings
7) A link to their information page on bad SEO techniques if you use searches such as 'SEO' or 'Search Engine Optimisation', again a link to their spam report page if you search for 'spam' etc...
2) Snippets that make sense.
3) An option to differentiate between e-commerce and information when searching: e.g., "I want to shop for..." and "I want information on..."
4) More frequent updating of the entire index.
5) GoogleGuy's continued presence on this board.
6) Most of all, a continuation of what we've seen from Google in the past: a serious commitment to providing quality search results for the user.
Don't worry europeforvisitors, I'm not going anywhere. Although I was thinking about taking a "working vacation" in January (lock the door and see how many things you can get done. :) ). Even if I did that, I'd still stop by every so often. jady, I'll see if I can't get someone to turn the crank a little more on acting on spam reports.
Other wishes? If someone else didn't start this thread, I would've wanted to. This is awesome feedback and you can bet that we'll pass it around inside Google. Other features, products, services? I'd like any and all brainstorming from search quality to our ads. :)
My two wishes (resolutions? ugh, I hate that word) would be: better communication with webmasters when they've run into problems, and closing up loopholes so that webmasters can worry about good content and not waste time trying to do tricks.
I won't have a chance to read this thread for a couple days (traveling), but would love to have a ton of suggestions in my stocking when I get a chance to read again. :)
Happy Holidays everyone,
I hope that Google continues to send quality referrals and list quality sites as far up as possible (beating the spammers).
Personally, I have enjoyed the new Google News section - very useful when I was trying to find out the sales figures for the UK Christmas Top 40.
Best Wishes and a Happy New Year to everyone. :)
Ageed. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
I know what I DON'T want to see.... I don't want to see over agressive spam filtering that catches thousands of innocents in the cross fire.
PR0 got a lot of spammers - but it got a hell of a lot of innocent quality sites as well. I'd prefer not to see the same thing happen again.
Evolution, not revolution should be Google's own byword. When you are top of the tree, you don't need to shake it: you might just shake yourself off as well.
I DO wish to see a continuation of what some people call 'Google values'. If that is equal opportunity to be unequal, I'll go with that. Money should not be a bar to ranking success. If they keep that value close to heart they'll always be a friend of mine.
I'd like to see Froogle evolve with the same values... same opportunity for big and small. The early signs are good.
If Google stays on those tracks, no-one else will come close. If they stray, it leaves ground for others to occupy (and they will).
Finally, it's good to see that the line of communication here will stay open.
Have a good holiday everyone.
2) would also like to see less indenting of results. i.e. when a site gets two listings one under another. each page should be ranked on its own merit, and each site should only have one listing in the serps.
Me too, and also:
1. I wish Google would put that spam report form where it can be found; it's practically impossible to locate.
2. I also wish that people would email Google or use their form so we wouldn't have 9,000 posts a month about it and be unable to find anything. That would mean less work for the Google_Housemother here at WebmasterWorld.
3. I wish we had just one thread a month for ALL of those instead of 88 threads a month so they'd all be in one place and everyone could analyze and really help figure things out - like what commonalities there are and what to avoid. That would also help Google, as well as helping people stay out of trouble who get into it accidentally
We could call it the Google Whine Cellar.
Dmoz does not subject their sites to the same spamming tests that the Google software uses, and they are incapable of maintaining a continuing check upon their present database for spam substitutions or 404's. The DMOZ operational model is flawed and overburdened. For Google to place the database into their system corrupts their mission and database and leaves Google subject to an outside control. As a matter of Corporate policy it is an imperative to maintain total control of all your database.
1. Same great index.
2. More specific webmasters guidelines (the Don'ts).
3. Better communication with webmasters regarding penalties to their sites.
What I don't want to see:
Please don't separate your index into 2 separate indices (informational and commercial), as some have suggested. Many sites are both. You would risk losing a lot of good info if you exclude sites from your main index just because those sites also sell something.
Also, thanks for being a great search engine. Keep up the good work!
Paying for support is also a backwards move. Almost all paying will be commercial sites, and therefore comemrcial sites will get an advantage, decreasing the informational content.
Google is doing just fine. Adwords could do with some work agreed, especially those very high min click fees. According to Google these were based on what people paid for the old impressions based Adwords.. but that has been gone for a few months already. So they need another justification.