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Googler Rachel Searles Writes Sci-Fi Novel

Googler Rachel Searles Writes Sci-Fi Novel

By Chris Crum February 28, 2014

Googler Rachel Searles has a new sci-fi book out called The Lost Planet. Matt Cutts points us to it, and has only good things to say about it: Amazon has a pretty substantial preview. Searles is from the search quality …

Bing Starts New Search Quality Blog Series Bing Starts New Search Quality Blog Series
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Google recently started a series of blog posts highlighting various points of progress it has made in its efforts to increase search quality. The results have essentially been lists of monthly changes Google has made to its algorithm and interface. …

Google On Search Quality And User Happiness Google On Search Quality And User Happiness
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Here’s a pair of interesting Google videos. The first one is a presentation from Google’s “Uber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness” Dan Russell. Here’s the abstract for it: How well DO people search on Google? Although popular …

Google’s Latest Algorithm Changes (They Don’t Include Panda) Google’s Latest Algorithm Changes (They Don’t Include Panda)
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As you may know, Google has been putting out a monthly list of algorithm changes it has been making, as part of the company’s initiative to be “more transparent”. Google will never put out the entire secret sauce of its …

Google Demotes Chrome PageRank Following Paid Link Fiasco Google Demotes Chrome PageRank Following Paid Link Fiasco
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Following the previously reported upon controversy surrounding a marketing campaign for Google’s Chrome browser, Google has apparently decided to devalue its Chrome landing page (in terms of PageRank). At least temporarily. Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land acquired a statement …

Google Provides Inside Look Into Algorithm Tweaking Process Google Provides Inside Look Into Algorithm Tweaking Process
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Google tweaks its search algorithms over 500 times a year. You may have already known that, but Google is sharing a new video today designed to give people a “deeper look” into how Google makes “improvements” to its algorithms. I …

Google Calls on Webmasters to Help it Improve Search Google Calls on Webmasters to Help it Improve Search

Google hires employees all the time, but interestingly the company has basically put out a help wanted ad on its Webmaster Central blog, looking for academics to help it improve search quality and fight spam. “Yes, we’re looking for help …

Bing’s Take on Content Quality Bing’s Take on Content Quality
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Since the Google Panda Update first launched back in February (and really for some time before that), there has been a lot of discussion about search quality throughout the industry – the quality of the content that search engines are …

Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta Discusses Search Quality, Filtering, Zorro Update Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta Discusses Search Quality, Filtering, Zorro Update
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Blekko, the alternative search engine that aims to challenge Google and Bing by reducing spam and low quality content in search results via human curation, has refreshed its index and results pages in an update it refers to as “Zorro”. …

Blekko Refreshes Itself, Challenges Users to a Game of 3 Engine Monte Blekko Refreshes Itself, Challenges Users to a Game of 3 Engine Monte

Alternative search engine Blekko has launched a major update, called “Zorro,” which includes an expanded search index with integration of the slashtags, which have been the staple of the site. On the new results pages, users will see sites that …

Google Sacrifices Search Quality to Preserve Open Web Google Sacrifices Search Quality to Preserve Open Web
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Google has pulled its search engine at google.kz out of Kazakhstan, where the country’s government is requiring all .kz domain names to be operated from servers located in the country. Now when you go to google.kz, you’re redirected to google.com/webhp?hl=kk. …

Google Panda Algorithm Update (And Related Stories) – A Roundup Google Panda Algorithm Update (And Related Stories) – A Roundup
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We’ve been covering a Google’s Panda Algorithm update a lot since its initial launch (in some ways even before its launch). We thought it might be useful for some to provide something of a round-up of coverage as a one …

What Would Google Search Quality Be Like Without AdSense? What Would Google Search Quality Be Like Without AdSense?
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I don’t think many people will argue that Google’s AdSense program has been a major catalyst in increasing the amount of content/search spam on the web. This may not have been Google’s intention for the service, but it has clearly …

Google Panda Update Victim HubPages Posts Quality Standards in Recovery Effort Google Panda Update Victim HubPages Posts Quality Standards in Recovery Effort
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We’ve covered HubPages a number of times since Google’s Panda update originally launched, as they were one of the victims that lost significant search visibility as a result. Since the update, the site has been making various adjustments to its …

30% of All YouTube Videos Make Up 99% of Views 30% of All YouTube Videos Make Up 99% of Views
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YouTube announced today that it is transcoding all new videos into the WebM format, as well as other supported formats, which include MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEGPS, WMV, and FLV. In the announcement, they say they are working to transcode …

Google Panda Update Hits Demand Media’s eHow This Time Google Panda Update Hits Demand Media’s eHow This Time
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As you know, Google has rolled out the Panda update internationally in the English language. SearchMetrics has put out a list of the top victims in the UK. We’ll be exploring more of this in time, but one thing that …

Ranking in Google Now That Panda Has Gone Global Ranking in Google Now That Panda Has Gone Global
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Since Google launched the controversial Panda update in February, anxious webmasters and publishers have been waiting for the day when it would go from just a U.S. change to a global change. That day came this week, as Google announced …