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

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robotsdobetter, we've already done several major changes to fix most 302 issues. If you do still see a problem, we still have all the reporting mechanisms active from earlier: you can still use "canonicalpage" at google.com/support to report any perceived 302 or canonicalization problem, and that will go to the engineering team via a mailing list that we've set up.

The thing with AdSense last week was actually a recently introduced bug that was quickly reverted once the problem was pointed out (thanks Patrick!). If I give a deeper dissection of that, I promised to do it over on the SearchEngineWatch forums though--Danny asked about it first. Maybe next week I'll talk about it there if people are interested, but it's independent of 302's/canonicalization.

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Langers, I sense in you a deep strength and great reserves of both character and resolve. You will go far in this world, mark my words.
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I know I used up my first question but I would like to add another.

Once the cards are allowed to "fall were they may" and all sites are all created equal with no bias towards them ie. " Sandbox " and are allowed to rank for merit of links , on page factors , internal linking structure , site map , etc. and a site ranks a " trademark term " is it commonplace just to remove the offending site regardless of the comic nature of the site , bad design, bad colors, and obviously " no IT Tech " onboard?

SEO's know that throwing a monkey wrench to search engines can cause a whole head ache of legal problems and since google has the ie. " financial backing " and some webmasters don't shouldn't they wait till the @#$# hits the fan before pulling it for fear of scaring away a advertiser or business partner?

I am curious if that plays a factor if google would just rather avoid the headaches than make some poor boarderline bankrupt comedian some money.

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mblair, it usually does take time for a site to build up its reputation. There are always going to be a few sites that are so good or so viral that they don't really need search engines at all. In the old days, the hamster dance swept through the known internet world.

Here's an example of a site that I recently ran across: [thefacebook.com...] It's like a friendster for college students. I think you have to have an .edu email address to join (note the cachet factor + the prevetting/safety factor). If you belong to ucsd.edu, you can get more in-depth stats on those students from ucsd.edu. But you can still search for random names and see snapshots of random people at random schools. It's highly addictive. A site like that builds up it's own reputation through word-of-mouth, and that can happen quite quickly.

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Natashka, use google.com/support to open up a chain of email communication. Please say to pass the spam report on to GoogleGuy. Sounds like a nice find. :)
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Kubano, it's probably not a good thing. I'd be thinking of whether you need to do a reinclusion request, and asking how your site might look to a regular user with fresh eyes.
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Q1: Can inbound links affect your ranking negatively?
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Google Guy can i be total honest, i make my living as affiliate. I have worked on my site for 7 years and to the best of my knowleage have never used any black hat tactics. Also i fully understand that my business will be of more value if i can supply additional information to run along side my means of generating income, this i have tried to do. However i have found myself wiped out in this update. my question should i be looking to move away from the affilate industry.
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kartiksh, that's a how-long-is-a-piece-of-string question to some degree--it's very Zen. :) We want to point people to what they're looking for, whether it's research or whether they're shopping and want to buy something. It is true that historically when a user types in X, we typically interpret that as meaning that the user would like information about X. That's a very short answer to a very deep philosophical subject though.
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Following on from Freedom's point - do you have any intention to review all sites who display Adsense? The current "when you're in, you can put Adsense where you want" method doesn't seem to be working very well! ;)

It's all very well improving spam reporting features (don't get me wrong, a lot of us will appreciate that), but with all due respect, it's not down to webmasters to maintain the quality of the Google content network.

IMO and in the opinion of many others, a more proactive approach is needed.

Perhaps my question isn't right - I (and I think a lot of people) just want to know that there's more going on in the adsense camp than just making ways for webmasters to self regulate the web.

MG

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