Did Google's Gary Illyes say on Twitter that an affiliate site is not a quality site? He said "perhaps affiliate sites are not quality" when someone complained that affiliate sites aren't ranking well after an unconfirmed Google algorithm update.Here are the tweets:We know Google is tough on affiliate sites but affiliate sites by definition are not spam or against Google's guidelines. You just need to make sure your affiliate sites adds significant value.What do you think?Forum discussion at Twitter.This post was scheduled to go live today but was written earlier - I am currently offline today. … [Read more...] about Did Google Say Affiliate Sites Are Not Quality Sites?
My Google toolbar updated on me earlier today, and a notification window popped up, telling me about one of Google's newest features, Google Related, which has some interesting implications. Ran Ben-Yair, a Product Manager from the Google Related team located at the Israel R&D Center introduced the feature in a blog post titled Find more while you browse with Google Related I haven't had much time to explore the use of Google Related on more than a couple of sites, but I'll be looking for more signs of it on the Web. I noticed a couple of days ago a number of patents that Google had recorded as being acquired from Northbrook Digital LLC which looked like they shared some very similar features to Google Related. Interesting to see them possibly incorporated into Google so quickly. Google Related shows a toolbar at the bottom of some pages providing links to other content on the Web. An example from the toolbar help page tells us that if you are on the homepage for a restaurant in … [Read more...] about Did Google Acquire the Tech (or Patents) for Google Related from Northbrook Digital LLC?
Mike Arrington thinks that Google engaged in “a little stealth black ops mission” and blunted the full impact of the Ballmer Bing announcement yesterday by announcing Wave. Whether Wave represents a huge new development in digital communications remains to be seen, but almost every major news outlet had to cover it and divide its attention between Bing and Wave. Indeed, many journalists and bloggers were physically divided between the AllThingsD conference near San Diego and Google’s developer event I/O in San Francisco. Arrington also cites the lack of access to Bing/Kumo as a PR mistake. But that’s less a function of a PR miscalculation in my understanding than the fact that Ballmer had agreed to appear at the D event and knew that he was going to be probed about Kumo; so Microsoft decided to effectively pre-announce the engine before its public release next week at SMX Advanced. As a practical matter, however, Arrington may be correct: more stories and deeper … [Read more...] about Did Google Cleverly Upstage Microsoft’s Bing?
Many headlines yesterday about two bloggers who received visits — and subpoenas — from the Transportation Security Administration after publishing a security directive that was emailed to them anonymously. The source used a Gmail account. So did Google get a subpoena, too? The company says it can’t comment either way, sending me this statement: We don’t talk about individual cases to help protect all our users. Obviously, we follow the law like any other company. When we receive a subpoena or court order, we check to see if it meets both the letter and the spirit of the law before complying. And if doesn’t we can object or ask that the request is narrowed. We have a track record of advocating on behalf of our users. Google quite famously — and successfully — fought a US Justice Department subpoena in 2006 that wanted access to search records in general, in relation to research it wanted to conduct on prevalence of child pornography in search … [Read more...] about Did Google Get A TSA Subpoena Over Security Directive? It Can’t Say
At the Deconstructing Pigeon Panel at SMX, David Mihm, Adam Dorfman and I shared a lot of data about the algorithm and how it had affected the local search engine results pages (SERPs). One thing we didn’t really discuss was why big multi-location brands may have been dinged. Over the past few months, we have received reports that some big brands have lost 5-10% of their organic traffic post-Pigeon. As we discussed during the panel, Google had told Search Engine Land that Pigeon focused on the following : Increased importance of “Web ranking signals” (aka “backlinks”) Increased focus on Location Increased emphasis on Knowledge Graph results But perhaps the real insight discussed by the distinguished panelists was that Google had perhaps overdone it on its “brand” algorithm and it now was incorrectly interpreting a lot of queries as “brand” queries which was leading to a lot of spam. For example, if you search [miami movers] you … [Read more...] about Why Did Google’s Pigeon Poop All Over Big Local Brands?