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Modern Day Search Engine Manipulations 202

An anonymous reader writes "I fondly recall the days of yore when search engines could be manipulated just by sticking thousands of extraneous filler words in the META tags or hidden at the bottom of the page. Nowadays search engines work by more advanced techniques that generally don't fall prey to these simplistic tactics, but it'd be folly to presume them impervious. Does it still happen?"
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Modern Day Search Engine Manipulations

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  • There have been many articles all over the place about people spoofing google by making tons of pages that link back to the real page they want to boost
    • but did those many articles claiming that they put tons of links on their pages to boost up their search results contain many articles with many links to boost their articles links ?
      hehe
    • You can get the same effect by posting links to your site on message boards.

      In my school's [brandonu.ca] web tech class, we had a competition to make "zxylition" pages (zxylition is a made-up word) and get them listed on Google [google.ca]. The first page up used this technique to get noticed by Google.

  • Remember, search engines now ask for money and they will make sure your page gets to the top of the list.
  • It involved selling their soles to a dyslexic, spelling challenged shoe-salesman with horns :-)
  • yep (Score:5, Informative)

    by twiggy ( 104320 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @07:51PM (#4073547) Homepage
    Yes, it still happens a lot... there's widespread knowledge of so-called "google bombing".. Google pops up some of its search results based on the content between an A HREF tag, as you can read about here: Google Time Bomb [microcontentnews.com]...

    Much like security, I think this is the kind of thing that hackers and tinkerers will always find a way to exploit. The question is who can stay ahead in the race?
    • The minute someone does a sucessful googlebomb, news reporting that googlebomb ends up taking the results immediatly afterwards. Typing in certain common googlebombed terms results in getting information ABOUT the googlebombs, rather than the bombs themselves.
      • That's because they're mostly a novelty at the moment. If they become more widespread, that pattern won't be seen.
    • I heard some sites used to fill up their backrounds with words that had a font the same colour as the background.
  • the new status quo (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Greg@RageNet ( 39860 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @07:53PM (#4073556) Homepage
    The new status quo for search engines seems to be to charge for submission, as many of them now require you to go through a third-party that charges to add your site to the database. The variation of that (ie yahoo) has 'sponsored' sites in each category that appear at the top of the page. A friend runs a site that uses this 'sponsored' system and I'm told those sponsors bid against each other and whoever has the highest bid appears.. kinda like an EBAY for search engines.

    -- Greg
    • by Evro ( 18923 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [namffohdnave]> on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @09:16PM (#4073937) Homepage Journal
      Yahoo does not charge for submission, but you'll likely never make it into their db either, because everyone submits. If you pay them $200 then you're guaranteed that they will review your site within 2 weeks, though this does not guarantee you'll be in their directory.

      It's also worthwhile to mention that Yahoo's not really a search engine in the sense of something that crawls the internet looking for info; they generally rely on submissions, with which they're surely inundated, and that tiny subset of the internet is what they search.

      As for sponsored links, 75% of the "sponsored links" on search engines are culled from Overture (formerly goto.com). Goto took a lot of heat back in the day for selling search results, but they've found a market in selling these results to other engines. Until like 3 or 4 months ago, their results were on Yahoo, AOL, Netscape, Altavista, and most other search engines. Then Google got into the bid-for-keywords market with their Adwords Select program. Now in addition to searches on google.com, Google's adwords show up on searches on AOL, Earthlink, and a few others. The process is basically as you described - bidding for keywords. Usually it's not worth bothering unless you're in the top 3 for that keyword on Overture, as those are the ones that show up on Yahoo (I think #4 and #5 show up at the bottom of the page). On Google I've seen up to 8 ads for a given keyword (e.g. computers [google.com]) but AOL only takes the top 3 for its "sponsored matches" as well.

      On Google it's important to note that the sponsored sites and the real search results are completely separate (dependent on how much you trust google, of course, but they have a lot of karma built up), and google's results are gleaned from having their robot (Googlebot [google.com]) crawl the web, not from submissions; and the algorithm that ranks sites is another matter entirely. E.g. a search for "ass grabbing computers" [google.com] predictably has 0 results, but there are plenty of ads for the word 'computer' that pop up.

      It's doubly important to note the above about google since many Yahoo searches fall through to google when there aren't any results in yahoo's (IMO Lame) directory, so the results from yahoo are not as paid-for as you seem to imply.
  • who cares? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by reaper20 ( 23396 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @07:55PM (#4073565) Homepage
    Nine times out of ten, when using Google, exactly what I am looking for is in one of the first few links.

    I had a boss that was asking me "How do we improve our site on google?"

    Answer: Provide actual information instead of some glossy maketrdroid garbage that is so prevalent in webpages today and you wouldn't have to worry about the search engines would you?
    • Re:who cares? (Score:3, Informative)

      True. But you can have the most related site and like the article states, unless the domain or pages match the content, most likely, you will not rank high.

      Let's say you had the best article in the world about installed redhat, but the link was to www.fperkins.com/tip.cgi?101

      Forget about it, you just won't get linked in the top 10. A good trick is to have your dynamic content create a static page which is, of course, dynamically created from the database. Then you would get something simliar to what allrecipes.com does.

      Ie their recipe for "African Chicken Soup" is not recipe_view.asp?id=100 but rather http://chicken.allrecipes.com/az/africanchickenste w.asp Not a great example, but you can understand my example, imagine something like "chicken recipe" etc.

      Smart. Notice how they even have a subdomain to chicken.allrecipes.com which can be setup really easily for most sites, especially those that can alias any subdomain to the main domain.

      Regardless, getting ranked in the top20 in Search Engines is some skill and knowledge and a lot of luck.
    • Google ranks by popularity, and defines popularity as being linked from other popular sites. So if you can get the right sites to link to you, your ranking will improve. Which is actually quite fair -- it's a validation of your site by people whose judgment is objectively established.

      I've heard accusations that Google can be "fixed" by creating lots of phony sites that link to your site. Scientology sites are famous for that. I'm sceptical -- thousands of links from sites nobody visits have less impact than one link from a site everybody visits.

      • Re:Fixing Google (Score:1, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward
        The problem, pointed out briefly by the article, is that every Geocities site, for example, starts off with votes in the bank, regardless of the number of sites that actually link to them (the page gives a couple of examples of geocities pages, but I've seen the same thing for pretty much all of the "free website" sites). If you start your own domain to advertise your flower planting service, you literally will start off with a much rockier foundation than to just go and set up a free GeoCities site. There is a problem there.

        I don't think the problem is so much mischevious super linking (see the Shavlik thing), but rather just the unfairness of the "democracy". It's like have an election where the Republicans start off with 51% of the vote.
      • Re:Fixing Google (Score:2, Insightful)

        by oh ( 68589 )
        If you use google to search for something technical, quite often you'll get lots of results for a mailing list that is archived to a web site. Because each archived message usualy links to 5 or 6 others (next/prev in thread, by date, by author etc), each message must cound as being linked to lots of times. At least thats the only reason I can think of for a 3 line emails showing up in google searched so much.
    • Google Limitations (Score:5, Informative)

      by Evro ( 18923 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [namffohdnave]> on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @08:37PM (#4073766) Homepage Journal
      Well this is less so when one accounts for Google's limitations. The biggest of these, in my experience (as someone who works for a site whose google rank directly affects sales) is the fact that Google apparently rarely indexes URLs that contain 3 or more CGI parameters after the "?" character.

      For example, a search on google for "plaid socks [google.com]" yields only 1 or 2 sites out of 100 that have 3 or more CGI parameters, when I'm sure there are many sites using very complicated urls (with session IDs, etc). Sure, this is just anecdotal evidence, but as someone whose product catalog was listed by urls that had at least 3 CGI parameters (and sometimes 5 or 6 depending on the referring URL) I can say with 90% confidence that having a "complicated" URL severely hurt us. What I ended up doing recently was using mod_rewrite to change all the listed URLs on our site from site.com/product.cgi?sku=something&section=2&style =4 to site.com/product/2/4/something.html, and lo and behold, the next time googlebot came by, those pages were indexed (I had verified that the problem was not that the pages had a low pagerank, but that they were not even being spidered at all).

      What does this have to do with Google's relevance? Sure, they are returning relevant results when you search, but if they are arbitrarily not listing a site because its URL structure is too "complex" then there's a ton of possibly relevant content that they're missing. If you're someone who sells plaid socks for $10 less than your nearest competitor but Google isn't indexing your plaid socks page because of URL structure (exactly what was happening to us, except not for plaid socks) then you're really not getting the most relevant results. Which is not to say that what you DO see isn't relevant, it's just that there's possibly MORE relevant stuff that you won't ever see.

      Fortunately Google has something in the works to cover this particular situation, but it doesn't really have anything to do with fixing their URL complexity policy.
      • Perhaps this is intentional so people won't use keywords directly on their links, ie:

        http://example.com?this=is&an=example
      • by ttyRazor ( 20815 )
        According to their "why isn't my site being linked?" page, apparently they go light on cgi indexing to avoid overwhelming the servers on the other end, and its likely they don't have much of a choice. Just a guess, but I'd imagine it would be hard to tell the difference between a sanely organized site which could be indexed as easily as a static site and one where every link could lead to a near infinite tree of unique and dynamic pages, such as cgi where it shows the same stuff only sorted differently, etc. Just blocking spidering might be enough to prevent that, but not everyone might set that, so then they'd just end up with an overwhelmed server and countless redundant pages.
      • by awol ( 98751 )
        This is one of my absolute pet peeves. www.caching.com/caching101.htm is a starting point for one of the factors that soooo many web designers seem to miss and that is that a page once created, can be cached _appropriately_ very easily of you just do the cache a favour and give static content a static URL. That way you are doing your server a favour as well since someone else can serve your page once someone nearby has asked for it.

        I get so pissed off at sights that hide the true URL of a document behind bullshit asp/pl/dynamic URLs. It is just so brain dead. I know all the arguments that people will come back with from the commercial to the "deep linking" to the ease of dynamics, but I just think it would be easier to write out a physical page once and then serve it from there. I mean a catalogue is the perfect example of this point.
    • Re:who cares? (Score:2, Interesting)

      "Answer: Provide actual information instead of some glossy maketrdroid garbage that is so prevalent in webpages today and you wouldn't have to worry about the search engines would you?"

      Sometimes that's true, but not always. I created a site for a small business that sells fireplaces. When doing a google search for "fireplace", hundreds of sites show up before ours. One that especially irks me is a site that has about 6 pictures of fireplaces ... and that's it. The page I created has about 30-40 individual units with *pages* of technical data about each. My only guess is that our site is not linked to as many times as theirs.

      My point is that providing *real* information helps you *none* in relation to Google rankings.
      • I think you could perhaps construct a google track which recursively linked back to your site so that it would appear that it was linked to a lot of times..
    • I had a boss that was asking me "How do we improve our site on google?"

      It really becomes a question of what kind of market searches to you want to show up in.

      Random Searches? File searches? product searches?

      What is your market? If you do not know what searches you want to show up in, then how can you push yourself higher in google?

      • Obscurity.Obscurity. That is one of the problems of google. If i search for my name it should come up with my homepage. The outcome varies each week.

        -It disappeared.
        -it ranks no 1.
        -it ranks no 7.

        Why? It's very fuzzy. Should i create a backup homepage? That is is not always no 1 is understandable since someone else with my name exists (propably dead, causing more stir with that than a alive me!)

        What do i want? I want people who can not remember my email to be able to find my homepage&email . (free provider yabaa yabaa)

    • Such an unbelivable display of ignorance on energising the synergies while leveraging the brand-awareness among the propesct client base shouldn't go unpunished.
    • --I had a boss that was asking me "How do we improve our site on google?"--

      You can't. Even Google can't. I remember what is was like just after beta. It was even simpler. Maybe a blank box and nothing else at all would be the best. No words, nothing, just a box on the home page. KISS goes a long way.
    • Couldn't you just pay for advertising on a number of popular sites? Then all of a sudden, a bunch of highly ranked sites are "voting" for you.

      At a guess, Google does something clever to try and ignore banner ads, so you make some guesses as to how Google spots an ad, and only pay for ads that don't look like ads... (like, what if you paid for a "banner" ad, and then requested that the site just stick in an ordinary text link rather than a banner graphic?).

    • This subject is well covered at the excellent Search Engine World [searchengineworld.com]. In particular this article [searchengineworld.com] provides a detailed list of things to do to build a site that will rank well on Google. The short summary though is exactly what you say: real content is critical to top Google rankings.
  • As far as I know, search engines only look at text content. So, if you want your site to be indexed, don't put a ton of relevant text in Flash or in images.
  • When I did a search on reliable web server through Google I found this link from Microsoft Dot-Com Companies Powered by Windows 2000 [microsoft.com] near the top. If Microsoft did manipulate Google to get higher placement they sure choose a poor page to boost.

  • i met a guy at my lug who runs a consulting company, and all the webpages that they do, there is an "invisible link" put at the bottom that refers back to their site. invisible in the fact that it's the same color as the background... supposedly it's pretty effective as his site.... if only i could remember it... is highly ranked on google.
  • by Dr. Awktagon ( 233360 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @08:08PM (#4073635) Homepage

    Here's one I use all the time.. just follow these easy steps:

    1. Create a well-designed, easy-to-use web site that follows accessibility and useability guidelines.
    2. Fill the web site with useful, relevant information on a selection of topics.
    3. Make sure the information is kept up to date, and don't let it become stale.
    4. Allow this web site to become popular and authoritative, so lots of people link to it and reference it.

    Now, watch your Google ranking rise to the top! IT'S THAT EASY! And you'll laugh all the way to the bank!

    • No! Wrong! (Score:4, Funny)

      by fm6 ( 162816 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @08:28PM (#4073723) Homepage Journal
      That's absurd. Next you'll be telling us that we can raise our /. karma by writing posts that people actually enjoy reading! PUTTING CRAP ON THE INTERNET IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT!!!
    • The most rational post here, without any doubts :-)
    • 4. Allow this web site to become popular and authoritative, so lots of people link to it and reference it.

      Its this step which is the difficult part, how do people find your site? Through a search engine? Its a paradox which unfortuantly can only be solved by spamming / google bombing / advertising etc...
    • Create a well-designed, easy-to-use web site that follows accessibility and useability guidelines.

      You forgot to say "make sure it works in lynx because all disabled people use lynx as their browser."

      Who makes the "guidelines" for usability. For accesibility? Do all disabled people get lumped together so that one guideline fit's all? Each disabled person has their own difficulties and there is no one size fits all approach. Disabled people are no different that any other person and it is up to them to empower themselves with the technology to view any webpage regardless of guidelines used.

      Maybe we can use the gubment's guidelines and use PDF files which rate along with Flash as major web annoyances. I mean, so what if a disabled person gets annoyed having thir computer freeze because some clueless moron decided that the best way to give out a 1 page brochure was to put it into a 2 mb PDF. Don't you think disabled peopel get annoyed at this crap also. But it's okay, because it fit's the disability guidelline.

      The best guideline any web developer can use is both common sense and do not interfere with the user regardless if they are disabled or not.

    • sadly, while your 'plan' is admirably idealistic it has nothing to do with reality

      product quality has nothing to do with popularity, you should know this - we're on a Linux-centric site after all

    • by Suppafly ( 179830 ) <slashdot AT suppafly DOT net> on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @11:56PM (#4074615)


      Create a well-designed, easy-to-use web site that follows accessibility and useability guidelines.

      Fill the web site with useful, relevant information on a selection of topics.

      Make sure the information is kept up to date, and don't let it become stale.

      Allow this web site to become popular and authoritative, so lots of people link to it and reference it.



      ?????

      Profit!!!

  • Fantomaster [fantomaster.com] is a good site that talks about advanced placement techniques like cloaking (providing alternate content for spiders that is different than what appears on normal browsers), spider IP addresses, etc.
    • Um, yeah, these techniques are great, but they are techniques for spamming. And they'll work pretty well right up until the search engine that you're trying to spam catches you, and then you will disappear from their index, and rightly so.

      The battle between search engines and spammers trying to game those search engines is an arms race of sorts, and trying to naively use spam techniques to fool search engines is a bad idea, both morally and in terms of expected benefit. Search-engine spammers do this for a living, and so they are on the forefront of that arms race, in a sense. If you try to use their techniques from two years ago you will lose. (Disclaimer: I've worked for two different search engines that will remain nameless.)

      --timboy

  • by Otter ( 3800 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @08:12PM (#4073662) Journal
    I'm done with work, it's 100 outside and I don't have AC at home so staying late to address the Britney Spears / Shavlik mystery seems like an attractive option...

    The relevant bit on one of the Britney Spears pages seems to be:

    <IMG src="http://sm6.sitemeter.com/meter.asp?site=sm6bs review&refer=http%3A//www.google.com/search%3Fhl%3 Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26q%3Dlink%2 53Awww.shavlik.com%26btnG%3DGoogle+Search&hours=19 &minutes=59&rtype=1" border=0 title="Site Meter"></A>

    Which, yeah, seems to be a roundabout bit of Google bombing.

    The question is -- how does this help Shavlik? Presumably there aren't that many people searching for Britney Spears content who say, "Oooh, a way to push Windows patches through a network! I want that!" You'd think the Google algorithm would weight links according to their relevance to the search criteria.

    • I'm thinking that's it is very possible that www.shavlik.com used to be owned by a spears fan who pronounced his/her site www. Shave Lick .com

      anyone else agree/
    • Think brand recognition. Someone does a search for Britney and a link pops up for Shavlik. The idea is that somewhere, that name gets lodged into the back of the brain and when it crops up again, the person thinks "I've heard that name somewhere before" and presumably is more inclined to look at them.

      I'm not 100% sure that's the motivation or indeed, if it even works, but it's one explanation...

  • are all over web pages and many search engines find them. I did a search for Fat Beaver (long story) and found a website that had "FAT" (dumb quotes) in black text on a black background. Googles handy toolbar has the highlight function, boy was I surprised.
  • Bad bad people

    PS, ignore my ecommerce link above...
  • From the article:

    How To Promote Your Own Site
    Clearly there is some awareness out there as to how to manipulate the search rankings, and following are a few methods that I think are common: ....
    In no way am I promoting any method that encourages false search rank increases.


    Is it just me or is there something just slightly contradictory about these statements?
  • Of course it still happens. Just ask some opponents of the Church of Scientology [operatingthetan.com].
  • not right (Score:3, Informative)

    by danny ( 2658 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @08:23PM (#4073702) Homepage
    Google PageRank (and the search rankings, whch are different to that) are calculated per page, not per-site, so links on pages "in the wilderness" on obscure parts of AOL or Geocities don't count for much.

    There may be some confusion because the Google Toolbar, when viewing a page that hasn't been indexed, tries to "guess" what it's PageRank would be based on the site PageRank... but that's not "real".

    If you want to know more about Google, the place to go is the Webmaster World Google forum [webmasterworld.com].

    Danny.

  • eBags (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Ken Treis ( 90058 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @08:24PM (#4073704) Homepage
    While searching for a new diaper bag (the cheap ones only seem to last through 1 kid), I was amazed at how many Google search hits pointed back to eBags. You wouldn't always know it from the URLs, though. Some of the URLs were things like ebags-discount.com, bagsdirect.com, handbags.com, etc., making you think that there were several big bag retailers out there. Others were just plain insane; I remember one that was something like "best-basketball-bags-for-women-athletes.com".

    Effectively, they circumvented Google's "site grouping" wherein all hits from one site get clustered under a smaller group. I got fed up with it and resolved not to buy anything from eBags.

    But I thought to myself, "maybe they're Scientologists..."
  • by Latent IT ( 121513 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @08:28PM (#4073725)
    But do a google search for crack/serial/warez.

    For instance. Webcam32 Crack [google.com]

    Yes, I OWN webcam32. So there. ;p

    The point is, the first THREE PAGES are .de spoofed pr0n pages. Someone figured it out.
  • "I run a pr0n^H^H^H^Hwebsite and would like to use the experience of /.ers to boost our ranking in Google.

    Thanks In Advance"


    All I want to know is, can we get free passes if we help you out? ;)
  • of using google, it will give the most relevant results if you use a combination of two words or more.

    For example, when I searched for God in google a year ago, it returned a list of results [google.com], in which the first result is PHP-Nuke [phpnuke.org] (it has fallen to 2nd now)...

    So instead of finding religious enlightenment, I found a really kickass PHP based web portal which I still use [heritage-tech.net] till now.

    PS: I think the main reason for this is that the default admin login for PHP-Nuke used to be God. That has been deleted since version 5.0 (I think).
  • 1) Look at the top scoring pages.

    2) Look at the source of those pages.

    3) Create your own pages patterned on the above.

    4) lather, rinse, repeat...it's never hard to figure out what a search engine is looking for. (the hard part is how to not piss it off)
  • by Quixote ( 154172 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @08:44PM (#4073792) Homepage Journal
    I'm glad people are taking a closer look at Google's ranking algorithm. Hopefully, the scrutiny will make it more robust and tamper-proof.
    Here are some more URLs that might be of interest:
  • having your NAME come top of the list when you type it as a search ;-) See that Scott Porter [google.com] bloke? That's me, that is! I also get second place, dunno who that imposter is at number 3 though... grrr... ;-)
  • "fondly"?
    "yore"?
    "prey"?
    "folly"?
    "impervious "?

    My goodness! I guess Google will not classify this page as English!
    • huh?

      fondly .. 2. In a fond manner; affectionately; tenderly.

      My heart, untraveled, fondly turns to thee. --Goldsmith.

      yore .. Time long past: days of yore.

      prey .. An animal hunted or caught for food; quarry.
      One that is defenseless, especially in the face of attack; a victim.

      folly .. A lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight.

      impervious .. Incapable of being penetrated: a material impervious to water.
      Incapable of being affected: impervious to fear.

      looks like fine english to me.
  • Suppose I really hate pokemon and think digimon really kicks the crap of pokemon. I put up a site that is nothing put praise for digimon, but the metatags are filled with pokemon names and the like. Use the popularity of pokemon to sway engines to view digimon. How fast do you think one would get sued over this?
  • From the article, I understand this is some software which monitors visited sites, and then ranks sites according to this.

    For those running the Google bar with the page rank display enabled, every site you visit is being reported to Google. I would not be surprised if they used this information to help rank sites also.
  • by golemite ( 69787 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @09:15PM (#4073930) Homepage
    I always check out SearchEngineForums.com [searchengineforums.com] for the latest advice. Ranked #4 for Audi S4 and #1, 3, 8-sorta, and 10 for my name ;)
  • We had an interesting situation with Google. Since the company changed names a while back, two domain names point to the same site (although with two different IP addresses).

    Links on Google would show up under one site name, but not the other. Apparently Google does something on the back-end to determine that the contents are identical and assign the listing to one of the domain names (in this case the older one).

    Only after feeding all visits to the old domain with a 301 and then sending them along to the new domain name did Google's results update to only indicate the new one.
  • Google ranking tips (Score:2, Informative)

    by Archon-X ( 264195 )
    I *do* actually run porn sites, and stumbled upon getting very good rankings.

    It all boils down to everything in moderation.

    So you have 'normal' amount of meta-keywords, say about 5-9, and the same effect in the title.
    Another one that is debated to work is
    http://keyword1.keyword2.com/keyword3

    Basically, IMO google trys to limit results to 'real' pages.
  • Easy. (Score:4, Funny)

    by Wolfier ( 94144 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @09:37PM (#4074036)
    What do pigeons [google.com] like?

    Put a META tag containing the follow words:
    grain, rice, corn, worms, wheat - worked like a charm. You get the idea.
  • by Etcetera ( 14711 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @09:54PM (#4074108) Homepage

    Just a shameless plug here for the Open Directory Project [dmoz.org]. Leaving aside occasional occurances of editor-fraud or editor-abuse (which are quickly tracked down by the meta-editors), this is the best way to determine a site's real value.

    A human looking at the page to subjectively/objectively determine its value is something that can't be replaced by a spider and an AI program.

    URL cloaking, hidden text, keyword tricks, etc... don't matter. =)

    -jc
  • I wonder why http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~zakharin/Software/zd-en try is the first entry in a Google search that points to my site. It is not actually on ZD-NET nor is it linked heavily from anywhere on my site or outside
  • Google Bombing (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Robotech_Master ( 14247 ) on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @10:40PM (#4074311) Homepage Journal
    One form of Google manipulation that recently hit the scene is known as Google bombing [corante.com]--to wit, getting a lot of people to link to a particular site with certain key words. It was done a lot with blogging, as the article indicates: by linking to a certain artist's page using the words "talentless hack," they caused that artist's page to come up first when one typed "talentless hack" into the search engine.
  • by meehawl ( 73285 ) <meehawl.spam@g m a il.com> on Wednesday August 14, 2002 @10:49PM (#4074345) Homepage Journal
    Slashdot definitely needs a Google icon.
  • Here's a model of motherboard I own: MS5129 [google.ca]. I was searching for a PDF manual for it (not much luck though).

    Check the results. Are there _any_ relevant ones?

    Pretty much nope.
  • My 7-year-old son Andrew has top placement for his name [google.com] and first and third [google.com] placement for 'funniest stories', not to mention a Googlewhack for Google horklump [google.com]

    How did he do that? Here's the explanation [blogspot.com] - far shorter and clearer than that article.
  • You guys must have allready read that 'still happen?' article.

    I have certainly seen some people taking the articles advice here on slashdot: "* Give yourself some freebies by using the signature line or link to address on discussion boards to point to your own site. Throw your opinion into every discussion regardless of your experience or lack thereof."
  • So, how does a link to google search results affect pageranks...? I wonder if it's possible to get google to return a link to the very same page it's displaying!

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