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Forum: Google Web Search 08-04-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 1,329
Posted By Nagle
Google is now parsing Flash files

Google is now parsing Flash files. Search results now show "File Format: Shockwave Flash".

The text results aren't that interesting. A typical summary (for a game) reads "V-DAY MISSION is...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 08-01-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 3,292
Posted By Nagle
Re: Is it Time for SEMs to Grow Up?

Most criminal activity comes from people between 16 and 30. Why should SEO be any different?
Forum: Search Technology & Relevancy 07-28-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 4,561
Posted By Nagle
Re: Search engine query test set?

I've seen the AOL test set. Most of those queries are navigational, but that's typical.
Forum: Other Search Engines & Directories 07-21-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 1,895
Posted By Nagle
Forget LookSmart. It's worse than ever.

LookSmart is still awful. Try searching for a random letter string, and you get something like:

"Looking for aaabbbcccxxxdddjjj? Find exactly what you want today.
www.ebay.com".

The actual search...
Forum: Search Technology & Relevancy 07-20-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 4,561
Posted By Nagle
Search engine query test set?

Is there any test set of queries for search engines that's considered "typical"? I'd like to get a set of 10,000 or so queries that reflects, based on some objective data source, "typical search...
Forum: Other Search Engines & Directories 07-20-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 5,622
Posted By Nagle
Wikia to launch search engine soon?

Wikia has been making more search engine noises. Jimbo Wales spoke at the Commonwealth Club last night, and hinted that some announcement regarding Wikia search is coming at the open source...
Forum: Local Search 07-08-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 2,929
Posted By Nagle
We consider it spam

We take the position that such sites are not legitimate, because Marchex does not, in the sites we've seen, properly identify the name and address of the business operating the web site. Such sites...
Forum: Search Technology & Relevancy 06-24-2007
Replies: 0
Views: 4,330
Posted By Nagle
Use of ".." in URLs

We recently came across a link with the form

http://www.example.com/../somepage.html

Now, in fact, that was an error, and it is not a valid URL. They meant to...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 05-24-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 2,831
Posted By Nagle
The coming collapse of search

The basic assumptions that the search engine industry uses for rating commercial sites are coming apart.

In the beginning we had search by keywords, back in the AltaVista era. Keyword spam killed...
Forum: Search Technology & Relevancy 05-14-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 4,338
Posted By Nagle
Worst-case: JavaScript redirection

The worst cases for aliasing involve redirection via JavaScript:

<script>
document.location = 'community/main.cfm';
</script>

That's a simple case; some are worse. Ultimately, we need to read in...
Forum: Search Technology & Relevancy 05-08-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 4,338
Posted By Nagle
More on detecting aliasing

I've been to Silicon Valley Web Guild meetings at Google, and the Google people do worry about aliasing. But they view it mostly as a problem for webmasters, not Google, to solve.

I'm looking at...
Forum: Other Google Issues 04-30-2007
Replies: 76
Views: 46,208
Posted By Nagle
Is Google an ad agency or a search company?

The fundamental problem Google must face is whether they're a search firm or an ad agency. Trying to be both creates a fundamental conflict. If they go too far in the ad agency direction, someone...
Forum: Google AdWords 04-24-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 2,264
Posted By Nagle
What keeps that from being used as a phishing...

What keeps that from being used as a phishing attack vector? That has real fraud potential for directing traffic to a phony site. Does Google permit using arbitrary, unrelated display URLs and actual...
Forum: Search Technology & Relevancy 04-21-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 4,338
Posted By Nagle
Aliasing and how to detect it.

Domain aliasing occurs when two domains effectively point to the same content. This is a headache for search engines. I'm working through all the cases, from the spidering side, rather than the web...
Forum: Google AdWords 04-21-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 2,264
Posted By Nagle
Google ads with redirection through an intermediate site

Lately, I've been seeing some Google sponsored links in their own search results which show the name of a legitimate bank, but the link in the Google ad first redirects through Google to a marketing...
Forum: Other Search Engines & Directories 04-18-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,831
Posted By Nagle
So far Wikia is just hosting.

So far Wikia is just a hosting service for wiki-formatted content. With ads.

The Wikia plan seems to be to suck up much of the fan content that gets thrown out of Wikipedia as "fancruft". Then...
Forum: Other Google Issues 04-17-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 1,965
Posted By Nagle
Harder to block, maybe

It may be harder to block. Before, we could just block all DoubleClick domains. Now we'll all probably have to download block lists regularly.
Forum: Local Search 04-14-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 2,902
Posted By Nagle
"Getting Found in Local Search" article

Today's lead article on Search Engine Watch, ""Getting Found in Local Search", suggests "Make sure your local phone number and physical address are displayed in TEXT form on every page."

Do any...
Forum: Other Search Engines & Directories 04-12-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 1,978
Posted By Nagle
YouTube's search engine has changed drastically...

YouTube's search engine has changed drastically at least once since Google took it over. Before Google, it barely worked at all. Now it seems to have behavior similar to Google's main engine. For...
Forum: Search Engine Marketing 04-11-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 12,175
Posted By Nagle
Customizability may be overrated. Look at the...

Customizability may be overrated. Look at the Alexa stats for Tribe.net (http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?url=tribe.net). Tribe went customizable around the beginning of 2007, and...
Forum: Search Engine Marketing 04-10-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,419
Posted By Nagle
Mar

That prosecution included a charge under California B&P code section 17538, for a commercial web site not identifying its ownership properly. That wasn't the main offense committed, but it's an easy...
Forum: Search Engine Marketing 04-10-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,419
Posted By Nagle
The "commercial" /...

The "commercial" / "non-commercial" distinction is an issue. Take a look at Yahoo Mindset's "shopping/researching" slider for Yahoo's take on that. They do a fairly good job. Ours isn't as good as...
Forum: Search Engine Marketing 04-10-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,419
Posted By Nagle
This is an automated process, and based on existing law.

I didn't make that clear that our site legitimacy checker is an entirely automated process. We look through the site's main pages, favoring pages with titles like "About", "Help", "Contact", and...
Forum: Search Engine Marketing 04-10-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,419
Posted By Nagle
Taking a harder line on search engine spam

We're working on a new technology to reduce search engine spam, which we are deploying as a demo meta-search engine. Our definition of "spam" is this:

If a web site is selling something, and we...
Forum: Other Google Issues 04-09-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,475
Posted By Nagle
The terrible spelling, perhaps?

The terrible spelling, perhaps?
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