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It seems that the message that WebmasterWorld is sending out is we Don't need search! we don't need Google or Yahoo, Well .. I Do need search , I do need Google and Yahoo.
if you don't need Google or yahoo then fine, you will be over the moon... but I wouldn't expect someone like GoogleGuy to stick around when you have just banned his company form you site, And would you go to a search Conference run by a company that does not embrace SEARCH!
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is disallowing listing in SERPs. By Brett's own admission it doesn't stop Google crawling the site. So if the recognised spiders are still crawling the site and the bad bots don't follow robots.txt anyway ... what exactly does the "nuclear option" (thanks DS) achieve apart from reducing the influx of the n00bs by removing all SE traffic?
but that isn't the core action here - required cookies is... which stops most bots dead...
New site search engine is in alpha and looking good. We'll fire it up some time for some live beta testing over the next few days in some off hours. If it holds up - we'll give it a bit more and more air time. Not in any real big hurry for it.
So few people use site search
That is sooo wrong, we all use site search, just not YOUR site search as I couldn't find anything with it. Now that you've whacked Google indexing WW there's no way to find a damn thing so it's like WW has become a large oracle of information that's next to impossible to use, much like the National Archives if you've ever been there.
WW world is now like a slot machine, a one-way repository with no access to it's contents.
>>So few people use site search oddsod, that it really isn't worth any extra ordinary effort. Less than 1 in 1k users use site search - not much roi in having it. Of those - it is mostly people looking for their own name or company name. <<
As a "GoogleGuyologist" I use the site search very often to refer other kind fellow members to what GG said in connection to specific questions or updates.
Call me a retired GoogleGuyologist from now on (:(
Added: Jeez everybody, it's Brett's decision. This site is a community, not just a database of knowledge. The community will continue without any kind of site search.
Actually, don't you wish your site could kick it's search engine addiction?
Admitting you have a problem, is the first step.
aka: this step? is the entire purpose of the first 26 steps. Please consider it...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone... they just called for boarding... i'll be in the air till late late...
looking at a quarter million pvs a day most days. yeow...
Am I doing the math right here? There's just too many zeros for me to wrap my head around.
Assuming an average page size of about 40K (using the pages in this thread as a sample), does that actually come out to 10 gigs per day just for bots?
B-b-but... that's your problem. To make a unilateral decision that has a most pronounced effect on us members who pay nothing for WebmasterWorld (ok, paying members too) is a gross abuse of power. After all, Brett, what do you think your website is? Your own personal fiefdom?