All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘search quality’

Googler Rachel Searles Writes Sci-Fi Novel

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 team. Here’s a video of her talking about reconsideration request tips, which we covered a couple years ago. You can …

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Google Tests Search Quality Feedback Form On SERPs

Google has a new way of getting feedback from users about the quality of its search results. Some users are reportedly seeing an experiment the search engine is running, which lets them compare two results on a page, and choose which deserves to rank higher. Alex Chitu at Google Operating System shares a screenshot of what this looks like: For …

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Google Launched 665 Search ‘Improvements’ In 2012

Google says on its new “How Search Works” site that it launched 665 “improvements to search” in 2012. In a graphic looking at data from 2012, Google explains that it had 118,812 “precision evaluations,” which are described as “The first phase is to get feedback from evaluators, people who evaluate search quality based on our guidelines. We show evaluators search …

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Google Increases Base Index Size By 15 Percent

Google publishes a list every month to keep us aware of the changes coming to their search quality. April is no different and it’s a massive update containing 53 changes from domain diversity to better HTML5 resource caching. This month’s update contains one particularly interesting change though. Google will be increasing the base index size by 15 percent. Under the …

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Google Search Quality Meeting Uncut [Video]

Google tweeted out a link to a video of some footage from one of its search quality meetings. The company says this is part of its efforts to be more transparent how how its search engine works. @googleA GooglerWatch uncut video from one of our search quality meetings (for the first time ever!) http://t.co/y53oAAx0 30 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by …

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Bing Search Quality Insights: New Blog Series Sheds Light On Bing’s Inner-Workings

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. This has been extremely interesting to watchers of the search industry and webmasters who are concerned with search engine optimization. …

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Google On Search Quality And User Happiness

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 opinion is that “everyone is above average,” that obviously can’t be true. The truth is that self-perceptions of search expertise …

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Google’s Latest Algorithm Changes (They Don’t Include Panda)

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 algorithm (without a court order, at least), so webmasters can at least be thankful that they’re being thrown a handful …

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Google Demotes Chrome PageRank Following Paid Link Fiasco

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 from Google, which says: We’ve investigated and are taking manual action to demote www.google.com/chrome and lower the site’s PageRank for …

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Google Provides Inside Look Into Algorithm Tweaking Process

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 don’t think everyone would agree that they’ve all been improvements, as we see complaints about this every day, but Google …

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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 improving Google search—but this time we’re not asking you to submit more spam reports,” writes Kaspar Szymanski of Google’s Search …

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Bing’s Take on Content Quality

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 returning in their results. This is the whole reason the Panda update exists. It’s all about improving the quality of …

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Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta Discusses Search Quality, Filtering, Zorro Update

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”. We picked CEO Rich Skrenta’s brain about the update, search quality, and blekko’s goals in general. “Zorro is a major …

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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 others have hand-picked to be included in one or more slashtags. So far, users have created over 100,000 of them. The …

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Google Sacrifices Search Quality to Preserve Open Web

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 says its users in kazakhstan may see a decrease in search quality, but that the company does not want …

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Google Panda Algorithm Update (And Related Stories) – A Roundup

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 stop shop for those looking to learn more about the algorithm update, its impact on websites, and related stories. So …

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What Would Google Search Quality Be Like Without AdSense?

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 contributed. I’d love to see the ratio of sites that were hit by the Panda update that displayed AdSense ads …

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Google Panda Update Victim HubPages Posts Quality Standards in Recovery Effort

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 editorial policy and certain features. Interestingly enough, a Googler actually posted a guest post to the HubPages blog before the …

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30% of All YouTube Videos Make Up 99% of Views

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 the rest of the YouTube catalog. “Given the massive size of our catalog – nearly 6 years of video is …

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Google Panda Update Hits Demand Media’s eHow This Time

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 realy sticks out in this report is the presence of eHow on the list. Demand Media’s eHow, a site often …

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Ranking in Google Now That Panda Has Gone Global

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 it had expanded the “search quality” algorithm worldwide for English language users. Have you been impacted by the global roll-out …

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Google Panda Update – Made for Big Brands?

iCrossing does online marketing for numerous big brands, and says it has noticed some trends in which some of these brands have either risen in rankings or remained flat since the Google’s Panda Update, for keywords where other sites dropped off the grid. Do you think Google got it right with Panda? Tell us what you think. iCrossing counts plenty …

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Google Does Guest Post for Panda Victim HubPages

HubPages was one of the big Panda victims from based on the often-cited Sistrix report. The company never denied this. “We are confident that over time the proven quality of our writers’ content will be attractive to users,” HubPages CEO Paul Edmondson told us soon after the Panda update was first launched in the U.S. “We have faith in Google’s …

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Examiner’s Approach to Content Quality Post Panda Update

Google’s recent Panda update has forced sites all over the web to step up and re-evaluate their content, and the policies by which their contributors must abide in order to keep said content looked upon in a positive light by Google. Of course nobody wants to admit that Google’s changes are the real reason for the sudden interest or re-focus …

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MerchantCircle Goes From Panda Victim to Blekko Curator

Interesting news from Blekko today. The alternative search engine, focused on weeding out spam from search, has partnered with one of the top sites impacted by Google’s Panda update – MerchantCircle. MerchantCircle is a small business community site with 1.6 million members. It’s actually touted as “the largest online network of local business owners in the nation.” MerchantCircle has been …

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EzineArticles Tells Authors How to Get Accepted Post Panda

If you’ve been keeping up with the fallout from Google’s Panda algorithm update, you’ll know that EzineArticles has been reported to have been one of the hardest hit sites. Last week, CEO Christohper Knight gave an update about the site’s traffic. He said, they lost between ten and thirty-five percent of their traffic, but Google has yet to roll out …

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Search Quality Should Trend Upward With Expert Content

We talk about search quality a lot these days, particularly since the rise of content farms, and Google’s efforts to improve in light of them. While the quality of a search result isn’t always life or death, results for certain kinds of queries can indeed provide life-altering experiences for the user, depending on how they absorb the information that they’re …

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Google Search Quality To Get New Addition

Google is looking to boost search quality in a variety of ways – through algorithm updates like Panda, through giving users the ability to block domains, and by unleashing the +1 button, to name a few. Another thing that might help is the simple addition of talent to the Search Quality team, which is why Google is hiring in that …

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Google Panda Update: Lack of Consistency on Quality?

We’ve been talking with a lot of people who have had their sites impacted negatively by Google’s recent “Panda” algorithm update. Our thinking is that the more sides of the story we hear, the more webmasters and content producers will be able to learn from it. With that, we had a conversation with Paul Edmondson, CEO of HubPages, which made …

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Foner Books – Another Victim of the Google Update

We’re hearing a lot of interesting stories regarding the fallout of Google’s recent search algorithm update, which was aimed at reducing the rankings of lower quality content. We noticed Morris Rosenthal,owner of Foner Books had some grievances, expressed on his blog. We reached out to hear more of his story, and he was happy to share quite a bit. 

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