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By Mike Grehan at Search Engine Watch
It’s been 10 years since I wrote the second edition of a book about search engines called “Search Engine Marketing: The Essential Best Practice Guide”. It was a very big seller and, in fact, it carried on selling through to the beginning of 2010 when I took it offline.
I’ve decided to start this year by revisiting the chapter in the book about how search engines work. I’ve said many times over the years that, most books about SEO have a section called how search engines work. But rarely (if ever) do they describe the interdisciplinary approach to information retrieval (IR) covering mathematics, computer science, library science, information architecture, cognitive psychology, linguistics, and statistics – to name but a few.
Previously, I had written mainly about methods of manipulating rankings by keyword stuffing and other black hat type techniques of the time. But as I began to realize the importance of linkage data and even more so, link anchor text, I became more and more inquisitive as to what it was exactly that search engines used in their ranking technologies.
By Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Land
Welcome to 2012 and Happy New Years Day everyone!
We wanted to share with you the logos and themes from the search engines for New Years! Google had two different logos, one for New Years Eve and the other for New Years Day.
Bing had an outstanding video home page background:
Yahoo had this nice Flash animated logo:
Google announced what may ultimately be one of the biggest changes to their algorithm yet.
From the Official Google Blog: “Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful.”
Notice the language being used. Specifically, “…reduce rankings for low-quality sites…” That means it’s not only individual posts or pieces of content will be penalized for being deemed “low-quality” but entire websites. The announcement also mentions “low-value add for users” and sites that “copy content from other websites.” The target? Content farms, to start. These sites exist and profit based on volume. The more content produced (often for a pittance) the better they do – or did.
To most observers and users, this focus on volume resulted in millions of low-quality pieces of content cluttering the search engine results pages (SERPs). The writers producing content for these content farms are paid largely based on views. No indexing in Google, no views. No views, no pay. No pay, no writers … and no content.
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