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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…