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Log if user ignores result after looking at preview.
I ignore websites that generate "preview not available" messages
not 100% sure why those are generated
I also ignore pages for a variety of other reasons, based on layout
Interesting search strategy - ignore both the ranking and the content.
not 100% sure why those are generated unless it's a nocache thing
Google's bandwidth-eating robots
when I am using preview, I ignore websites that generate "preview not available" messages
but a quick preview will tell me if it has academic merit (for my purposes) or if it is a commercial entity
a quick preview will tell me if it has academic merit (for my purposes) or if it is a commercial entity
Can you explain that? I never use Preview-- as a human searcher, I mean-- and have no idea what information you're supposed to glean from it.
Preview loads up the entire page even though the preview is un-scrollable so most images won't even be visible. If the user actually goes to the page, everything has to get loaded all over again.
What about the OP's question? Do you have an answer?
The "ranking" you speak of says nothing about quality these days
you have blocked the preview functionality on sites and not seen any difference in rankings?
That would indeed point to it not being used as a significant factor
I don't think numbers are important for this type of data, only %'s. so even if 50% of people ignored them, the remaining would still reveal a pattern / trend
I get suspicious that the site is trying to hide something, so I don't click those ones
I think it's an interesting idea of a potential signal.
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only search user that fumbles around with the mouse and ends up loading the preview without even thinking about it, let alone intending to.