Question: Are search results strictly profit oriented now?
Well, in my opinion, yes. They always have been.
10 years ago, good results brought in users by the millions. This made them more profite. Now they have the users with no need to attract more because there aren't any more. So, to make more profire they are force feeding us what ever results will generate more revenue.
Case in point:
I search for 'blue wigdets' (spelling on purpose)
The returned results are for 'blue widgets' with this message below...
"Showing results for blue widgets. Search instead for blue wigdets"
A year ago I could search for 'blue wigdets' and get results for that term with a link below.
"Did you mean: blue widgets"
Anyone who believes this is to provide more accurate results to me cause i kant spel, is a fool! Many more advertisers are competing for the correct spelling and paying more for it. The funny thing about this is the fact I wanted results for the incorrct spelling. Google, you blatantly failed in your sevice.
Now, the above example is not what I was really searching for, but it proves my point. A search for 'blue wigdets' returns the wrong results just as the phrase I used. This does not seem to occure on searches with only 1 word. Yet. Though, some may already. This is just one small example of little tricks used to profit regardless of the frustration it causes.
Reading many posts in the last 2 days by the professional here at Webmaster World, I have seen the frustration of programmers who build quality sites, and which have been properly coded, only to be lost in the mess of junk served by the out of control giant. It seems blatently obvious to me that Google does not care that its users get frustrated trying to find something because they will keep clicking on things until they find it. Clicks make Google money. So they are making you click more to find what you want.
It seems that almost every web page I visit these days there is some form of code served from Google. Be it an ad, a search box, tracking code, blog entry form, or some other widget, Google is tracking me where ever I go. The thing that really blasts me is seeing an ad served by Google on some obscure web page that is completely unrelated to the page, but the ad IS related to content in my Gmail inbox.
Now is it really that so many web pages have Google stuff on it or is it the fact these are the pages Google has offered in their results? I think so. Anyone think iFrames are used for backwards compatibility these days or is it so they can get the cookie from your machine when your on a different domain? (regardless if your logged into Google or not!) Again your a fool if you think Google is not mapping your IP address, MAC address, and accout when possible, to your geographic location. I honestly believe Google has stored more data about users habits, as well as anything else they can use, than all the data they have crawled the web for. Not illegal, by you do the math.
So after searching hard, sometimes for hours, trying to find what I'm looking for and being sent to all these junk sites loaded with Google stuff, I actuall come across the quality content I was serching for. I then ask myself why Google didn't send me here in the first place since everything about the page is more accurate and on topic that the first 50 pages I looked at. Duh, I did not do my duty and click enough yet...
The funny thing is, posting this is just so I can rant about it. Google is so far over the line that it is just not possible for them to return to being a search engine. This whole point is mute until they are replaced.
[edited by: tedster at 3:14 am (utc) on Jun 11, 2010]
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