__/ [David] on Saturday 15 October 2005 20:21 \__
> On Sat, 15 Oct 2005 14:45:15 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>Regardless, I see more and more sites that begin to realise the moral
>>issues with nofollow and reverse the out-of-the-box traits of their CMS as
>>to respect and accredit all links.
> Assuming you are talking about blogs or other sites that allow
> comments they are leaving themselves open to comment link spamming.
The spammers also attack sites where rel="nofollow" in enforced. Spammers
have no patience to discern.
>>Also, disdain for backlinks-based engines
>>is growing, much like the recent wide-spread realisation of proprietary
> Growing where?
I have given Massachusetts as an example.
> Google is THE backlinks-based search engine and I doubt the majority
> of it's users know (or care to know) it's algo is based on link
> Webmasters don't like their Google SERPs so dream of a new search
> engine taking Google's place as the number one search engine
> presumably hoping their site will rank highly. Real users on the other
> hand don't care how Google serves it's results, all they want is to
> find what they are looking for and as long as Google supplies this
> there won't be any mass shift to another search engine.
You say that user don't care how it's done, but what if they could express
themselves in the form of a question as opposed to keywords? For many, for
whom Internet = Google's front page, the change in paradigm could mean a
radical change in their basic approach. Search engines become people (like
Jeeves), not machines for processing separate elemental bits like words.
> IMO two things will have to happen for Google to fall from the top.
> 1. Their results sucking big time according to real users, not
> 2. A better search engine according to real users, not webmasters is
> available and users rave about it like they did with Google.
That's a hype effect. It can always grow (in due time). Like John said, AV
used to be THE search engine in /some/ people's minds, me included. I even
used Webcrawler stubbornly until 2003.
> As a webmaster I'd like to see more of my pages at number one :-))
> As a Google user I usually find what I'm looking for in the top 30
> results and as long as that's true I won't switch to another search
> engine. I've tried them all, Google is the best right now.
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