Obscuring the Algorithm

The Google algorithm is evolving. Gone are the days when you can read a single patent, or a document like the PageRank thesis writen by Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin to figure out how it all works. That PageRank paper was at the time a revolutionary algorithm, and it launched the dominant search engine of our generation. … [Read more...]

Chris Silver Smith Interview: Comment Here

It seems like forever since I last posted an interview. Take this one as a heads up that I do intend to reinvigorate the interview series over the next month or two. They are too much fun to do, and very useful in digging up information on search. Today I am publishing an interview with Chris Silver Smith of KeyRelevance. It is a … [Read more...]

Latest Interview: Eytan Seidman – Comment Here

Search can take many forms. That is what is interesting about Oyster.com, as it offers comprehensive hotel reviews. These are reviews performed by professional hotel reviewers - not user generated content where the bias of the reviewer is unclear. Just as Consumer Reports puts the products it reviews through rigorous testing, … [Read more...]

The Stone Temple Cup Challenge

Last year at SES San Jose we held the first annual foosball smackdown event. The best and the brightest of Yahoo! and Google have again decided to step up to the challenge. Last year Yahoo! won and Google is itching for revenge. At stake is the coveted Stone Temple Cup, and surely every foosball player wants to have their names … [Read more...]

Why PageRank Sculpting Died

I was a bit suprised with the recent change in the NoFollow policy at Google. For a couple of years it seemed so clear. Google was allowing you to provide them information on what pages on your site you considered most important. I wrote about this recently for Search Engine Watch in a post called Should you still use … [Read more...]

Latest Interview: Google’s Peter Linsley – Comment Here

Data from Hitwise for February of 2009 shows that the top three search properties owned by Google are: Search Property$ of All Google Traffic Google68.42% YouTube9.41% Google Image Search5.76% This means that Google Image Search has about 8% of the traffic of Google Web Search. For people with image rich sites this means there … [Read more...]

Latest Interview: Yahoo’s Dennis Mortensen – Comment Here

The interview for this week is with Yahoo!'s Dennis Mortensen. Now that IndexTools has been part of Yahoo! for more than a year, and the product is now called Yahoo! Web Analytics, I thought it would be great to catch up with Dennis again. One of the very cool things that now makes up the current product is integrated demographic … [Read more...]