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I have a site hosted on storesonline. They have their own software to create the
pages and build the url structures. The site was sandboxed for about a year. Now
I do get more traffic from Google than any other search engines. However I still
feel it's sandboxed. One thing thatconcerns me is the name the urls using numbers.
Does this hurt anything?
I have never seen an image link (like a banner ad) show up in Google backlinks,
even when the banner is hard coded with no ad server. Has anyone seen Google list
a banner ad in backlinks?
match - evil or not ?
Is it just me or does it seem that when you go to submit your site to Yahoo there
statement that your site may not get listed then right below a statment selling
a assured place if you pay them seem a bit evil ? In my mind it say well ya know
we might not your site and it won't get listed.... But if you give us money we
will list any old spam site no questions asked..
Is there a conspiracy deep in the belly of the Internet beast? Are corporate entities
secretly driving the information available to you-subtly stroking toward a global
political opinion matching their own agenda? Maybe they are. Maybe they're not.
Do search engines carry over personal and political biases of the developers?
How would a company be impacted if they in fact did let their personal beliefs
bleed over into the daily search engine operation? Discuss at WebProWorld.
For the unwitting, it is largely assumed that this info-universe is under the
tight, objective thumb of algorithms, a mathematical surety of neutrality.
But in the world outside, humans prove craftier than processors, and find ways
to outsmart search engines. Add some advertising, and the pure waters of objectivity
become a cloudy, bleach-white mess.
The icy truth is that neither humans nor search engines are perfect, and eschewed
SERPs seem a hard to control inevitability.
wields the type of power that transforms vocabularies. It has become its own part
Need information on Montana militias? Google it.
Though militias be found, sponsored links to firearms dealers that can help you
join, are not. For Google, Yahoo, and other search engines, gun retailers are
persona non grata.
That leads to a lot of questions.
If search engines are selective about their advertising, are they selective about
other things? Are search results slanted? Is Google liberal or conservative? Why
are porn ads okay and gun ads not?
Recently, the subject has been broached on many sites, conservative and liberal,
insisting that Google is slanted in favor of the other side. But how can it be
It may just be a matter of perception.
By some accounts, paying an SEO to increase keyword relevance is essentially the
same as paid inclusion. The routes are different, but the end is the same-paying
to be listed #1. Is that perspective or truth? Is it just semantic gaming?
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Google recently found controversy
regarding the site, "JewWatch," an anti-Semitic page, which came up first ranked
when users typed in the word, "Jew."
After a wave of outrage, Google explained
the result was not by choice but by relevance, and would not "tweak" the results
by banning the site.
The Jewish community responded by "googlebombing" the Internet. A googlebomb involves
setting up a large number of websites, all of them with a link to a chosen site.
The purpose is to get Google to list that site first.
As a result, JewWatch was replaced as the number one ranked result.
Google was also accused of driving certain viewpoints during the 2004 election.
An emotionally charged election, the Internet was flooded with news, opinion editorials,
and campaign ads, and Google was called out for favoring Bush.
One especially damning example was the banishment of ads for the "Deck
of Bush" playing cards, citing 54 reasons President Bush shouldn't be reelected.
Google stated that their policy "does not permit the advertisement of websites
that contain language that advocates against an individual, group, or organization."
Deck of Bush co-creator Jerry Vasilatos responded by saying that "their definition…is
completely contradictory, because they are allowing ad campaigns for products
and items supportive of President Bush as well as items critical of Senator John
August 24th, users who clicked on the John Kerry link in Google news came up with
front-page link titles like these:
· The imploding John Kerry
· John Kerry's Resume (Part V) At Worst, Treasonous Behavior
· Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Expose John Kerry's Lies
· Krazy John Kerry
· John Kerry is Definitely "Unfit for Command"
· I'm John Kerry And I Approve This Flip-Flop
This doesn't bode well for a case of objective news, especially when, according
to J.D. Lasica, links
for Bush seemed balanced.
Though it appears from these examples that Google leans a bit to the right, another
source says Google is rank with liberal bias.
Tom Delay fans at Rightmarch.com
protested Google's censoring an ad that was a verbatim copy, aside from changing
the name of Tom Delay to Nancy Pelosi, of a DNC advertisement.
But it seems far-fetched that Google is both liberal and conservative at once.
Gun advocates, though, insist search engines are, indeed, slanted. Gunmuse.com's
creator, Donny Lairson, says "search engines are silently pushing their political
views with their search."
While that may be true, it seems especially hard to prove.
Regarding denial of online gambling ads, David Krane, of Google said, "this change
was made as a part of Google's ongoing commitment to…ensure that we provide the
best search and advertising experience to our users."
Legality is also an issue, as online gambling is illegal in California.
But are porn site ads an enhancement of user experience? Isn't viewing by minors
illegal in ALL states?
While selective advertising is an obvious editorial process by Google, the question
must be asked about how news articles are selected. Is there editorial freedom
Krishna Bharat, chief scientist for Google News, said, "The ranking and prominence
of stories are based on several factors: How many publications are writing about
a topic; how recent the articles are; the size of the story; and the frequency
of the search term within the article…
"The algorithms do not understand which sources are right-leaning or left-leaning.
It may prove a difficult task to prove the political slant of search engines.
With a few exceptions, most results seem to be user (i.e. people) originated.
And people are the least likely to display any type of stoic impartiality.
But algorithms, though good at math, aren't as creative as humans with agendas
In cyberspace or real space, Mom's advice to "consider the source" is always a
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Your Google Search
By Mark Fleming
When you search with Google, it sees you as any other Google user. It has no idea
what your interests are. Therefore, for the same search words Google will deliver
the same results to you and everyone else in the world searching with the same
language and country selections.
But, what if I told you that Google can provide search results based
on your interests? Are you a sports fan, a technology enthusiast, a gourmet chef?
You can make sure Google knows this and have it tailor your search accordingly.
Many words can have many meanings and if Google knows your interests it can give
more emphasis to pages that are more likely to work for you.
No, Google is not a mind reader; you have to tell it what your interests are.
And you have to use a different Google search page that is in beta in the Google
Labs. It's called Google Personalized
Search. To check it out, open up a Google Personalized browser window by clicking
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Help a member convert his website...
Our post today comes from emils.
He wants to convert
his non-English directory to an English informational website. A couple
of concerns pop-up for him with this question, he's curious if anyone has
had any luck with this and if his results will change in the SERP's? Think you
can help emils out?
Tell us your thoughts at WebProWorld.
a Websites Purpose
I have a regional, non-english directory that has a PR5 and a few hundreds backlinks
towards it. Now I have been thinking about this for a while. I intend to change
the website's content and purpose completely, from being a non-english directory
to an english informational website with good content, but obviously on a completely
Question is, has anyone tried something like this, and how well did the website
perform? What would be the results that I may expect, in your opinion. I am concerned
that many of the existing links will have very different keywords in anchor text.
Will these still count as to giving my site better results in SERPs?
I will be also moving the website to an US based server for IP localization reasons...
|Anyone who know a website where I can do some basic checkup
on my domains and IP addresses?