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8:29 am on Jun 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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guoqi, my rule of thumb is not to confirm whether we use any given piece of data in ranking. It's really interesting to see all the possible ways that people have tried to take the public info about PageRank and exploit that info, for example. A whitehat SEO will tell you just to make a normal site and not worry about it. A blackhat SEO will tell you make a site and try to make it look normal. Either way, if you mimic the way that a real site is built and gains reputation, that's a better way to think of it than "Oh, I have to get a ring of friends and we all click the happy face on our toolbars 3 times a day, because GoogleGuy said that Google might use toolbar votes as a spam or quality signal."
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How can we keep our original articles ranking higher than stolen copies of our content? (which are sometimes impossible to get taken down)
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FillDeCube, definitely use [google.com...]
to report spam. If you're a whitehat and don't like to see spam at all, it's good to report it. If you're a blackhat and want to report spam so that your site can do better, it's good to report it. If you're of the species of blackhat that will do absolutely anything to try to rank, from blogspam to referrer spam, yet you shun the idea of reporting spam because of your belief system, power to you then too--don't use the form. :)

We've seen a lot more interest in using the data from [google.com...] as we have been taking spam more seriously for the last several months, so I'd give it a try.

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Can anyone else at Google convince the Adsense department to tighten up their quality control standards on the type of websites they accept and/or keep in the program? Junk sites and scrapers are being massed produced just for adsense, alienating advertisers looking for conversions from quality sites and casting a bad image on real content publishers. Besides the url mess, I think it's the second biggest problem Google has.
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Whatever the motivation of Supplemental listings were in the beginning, now they are often entirely worthless, false results. Supplementals for pages deleted off the Internet more than a year ago are common, even if high PR, active links are pointing at the now-404 locations.

Clearly there is some problem involved here, as there is no quality justification for listing these things, particularly when the URL is repeatedly seen as 404. Many supplementals disappeared with Bourbon, but many still exist. So...

can we expect a supplemental fix soon, meaning that 404 Supplementals will no longer be listed in the results?

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Are there any plans to improve the quality of the content network for Adwords, specifically to apply the TOS to at least the worst of the scrapper sites and others that are obviously created just for Adsense and have nothing of any substance to offer?
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roycerus, I never try to make predictions about the future or date when the future will arrive. I especially don't try to predict the future based on an ambiguous trademark registration, domain name, or some patent filing being disclosed. It makes me want to register gsecretlabs.com just to make people speculate when our secret lab will open, and whether the mad scientist gear will be electricity-based or chemical. :)
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whoisgregg, if you read Danny's article, I believe the Google spokesperson said that you can register at [services.google.com...]
without any first-born at all. In fact, technically you might not even have to register for PubCon. I'm sure Brett would say that as long as you're in town anyway, why wouldn't you want to register? ;) Sometimes there's good schwag at various booths, for example, and the pub conversation is rumored to be interesting. Although ThomasB and another German SEO firm now have a lifetime moratorium against claiming AdWords coupons. ;)
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(But if you really want to sacrifice the naming of a first-born, I suggest Orville or Hortense. If they can get past that obstacle, they'll grow up strong.)
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(continung a theme from a parallel thread), why is the Google Directory the most useful tool for finding information on the web?
[google.co.uk...]

Does that make the Google SERPs only the 2nd most useful?

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