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...we used our standard evaluation system that we've developed, where we basically sent out documents to outside testers. Then we asked the raters questions like: "Would you be comfortable giving this site your credit card? Would you be comfortable giving medicine prescribed by this site to your kids?"
There was an engineer who came up with a rigorous set of questions, everything from. "Do you consider this site to be authoritative? Would it be okay if this was in a magazine? Does this site have excessive ads?"
...we actually came up with a classifier to say, okay, IRS or Wikipedia or New York Times is over on this side, and the low-quality sites are over on this side. And you can really see mathematical reasons.
As an advertising company, Google cannot have any interest to drive free traffic to any website who sells advertisement outside the Google ecosystem.
If you use Adsense to monetize your site you will get the left-overs that Google cannot (yet) monetize themselve.
It is only a matter of time until Google stops to distribute traffic for free.
is ranking better than me! Well there's no other explanation for me and I can not accept that my serp drop has got anything to do with my site's content, design, code etc. The only reason is not paying Google for my traffic.
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In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Vivek Wadhwa was not happy with G's algo changes, he said "G could be what Altavista used to be".
What really makes me angry is that they are too arrogant to realize how bad this algo change is.
I can not accept that my serp drop has got anything to do with my site's content, design, code etc. The only reason is not paying Google for my traffic.
They are asking for examples of false positives - a rather public admission that the new algo has problems.
You may need to use different pair of eyes.
[edited by: indyank at 5:50 pm (utc) on Mar 5, 2011]
To quote Bobbie Zimmerman, "You've got to serve somebody."
So overall, I find this idea that somehow Google has done anything about spammers, scrapers, content farms or any other form of low-quality content is just laughable.
Does anyone think a correction of this FUBAR is coming? Or is this the new normal.
...it feels like a penalty. Looks like the algo is de-favouring sites rather than working out what it really wants to see in the serps and favouring those sites.
It feels to me that sites are just being demoted with all these algo changes and the serps are being filled with whatever is left.
That's why they asked for input about good sites incorrectly affected - to build an intial training set for their machine to learn from.