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11:26 pm on Jul 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Today I am seeing some (3) referrals from "Rater Hub". I did a little searching and it looks like this is a manual review or quality rating outsourced from Google.

All the posts I found are back from 2005/2006 and I don't see anything recent. Does anyone have more information about this?

12:32 am on July 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I assume you identified these via eval.google.com. What did they appear to be checking on your site?

Your question is extremely general, so here are some general references. First, a couple of prominent discussions we've had on WebmasterWorld....

eval.google.com - Google's Secret Evaluation Lab
"Rater Hub Google" Rumours?
June 2005
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum30/29726.htm [webmasterworld.com]

Google's Human Evaluators - 10,000 of them?
July 2007
http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3390143.htm [webmasterworld.com]

And a recent video from Matt Cutts, which should help to dispel a lot of the common mythology about how directly these reviewers influence rankings....

How does Google use human raters in web search?
Matt Cutts - YouTube - May 1, 2012
trt 6:19
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmo3z8pHX1E [youtube.com]
4:42 am on July 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I also received a visit from them a few weeks ago on a Penguin-hit site, which I had submitted to the "false positive" form. Did you do that by chance ?
3:29 pm on July 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Robert. This is the URL string http://raterhub.com/evaluation/rater/task/..... and no I didn't submit a false positive form.

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