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Old 09-23-2007   #1
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Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

Seems there has been a noticed influx of Google Book listings in the organic serps. Try a search for "building wealth" and look at page four results and beyond.

I blogged about it but really want to see what others have noticed. Any info would be appreciated.
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

Hope Im not misquoting him, but I think aaron wall noticed something similar on his blog recently (I think it was just one phrase with a link to google results for one of his sites, though and i dont remember what post it was ;-( ).

Could be possible that Im mistaking somebody else's blog for his, but Im almost sure it was on his one...Ive definitely read that somewhere recently, though.
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

I looked and could not find it.... will call him tomorrow
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

This is it (didnt remember it was from a month ago, though):

http://www.seobook.com/archives/002440.shtml
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

I've been seeing book listings in the 30+ SERP range since the release of Google Universal Search. That said, I'm in the "Collegiate Marketing" business and I thought this was due to "Books" being part of "Universal". If you are seeing this more and more, perhaps Google is expanding the program more in your industry SERPS and/or authors in your industry are listing more books?

At work, we have major book publisher who has said that they don't want their books published on "Google Book Search". Either way, their publication is in every library in the US! As a result their publication is part of "Google Book Search" only the link associated goes to the library and not their site.
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

This is really a non issue. Last week, those results were on page one. Let Google have page four. ;-)
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

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This is really a non issue. Last week, those results were on page one. Let Google have page four. ;-)
But the huge influx creates displacement and slows down other pages getting past them.
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

What I'm most curious about is why each of these book results is standalone and not the usual 1 + 1 indented per page.
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

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What I'm most curious about is why each of these book results is standalone and not the usual 1 + 1 indented per page.
true... has to be something with the coding... managing 3-4 a page is something I had not thought of in terms of grouping etc.
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What I'm most curious about is why each of these book results is standalone and not the usual 1 + 1 indented per page.
Good point, never considered that issue!
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

This can be expected, YouTube listings are displayed prominently also.

Why should they not, Google sites are important to users of Google, to be fair their products should be included.

I see Google sending traffic to Yahoo video and MSNBC portals quite a bit and ranking their stuff high, so they are going to include their own stuff to be fair about it if they send traffic to the competition, quite a bit of it too.
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

yeah but 4 listings on a page?????
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

Only 4? :-)

Aaron's story that NewKid mentioned above links to a screenshot that showed 13 books.google results on a 30 result page; that search currently shows 9.

I'm in a bit of a muddle here. We know Google is aware of the issue and aware of the discussions surrounding it -- with no public reaction. So, is this a bug that G is quietly addressing internally? Or, is this how the Big G is going to be treating results from its subs from now on?
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

WOW, I don't see any of those ding dang NIFTY, lightbulb icons for "books" in my results!

I'm using OS 10.4.10 & Firefox 2.0.0.7 and my "books" results blend into the rest of the results page. Thought that was part of the issue in question here?

Do you need to write an SEO Book to get pretty lights?

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He, he, he. I think (hope) that was Aaron's touch so folks wouldn't have to work too hard to find 'em.
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Re: Google Flooding Serps With Google Book Listings

Yeah I tend to agree with that one.... a little sarcasm on Aaron's part - as in what a bright idea!!
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Thought so but, just wanted to be sure we were all seeing and talking about the same thing here!

What a prankster, that Wall kid!
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