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Hi Mario, it's actually my 11 year anniversary this week. I'm out of town with my wife, so I only have limited time to slip away and post responses. Suffice it to say that plenty of people in Google have read this article and the other articles Jeff mentioned, and lots of people will be discussing what we need to do next to improve things.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2011 on Trouble In the House of Google at Coding Horror
Hi Jeff, I passed on the examples that you sent back in December and the team is actively looking at improvements and changes they can make based on that feedback--thanks for sending it. I was curious about the link to "Google, Google, Why Hast Thou Forsaken the Manolo?" and so I checked that one out. It's true that our algorithms don't currently think that's a great site, so I looked into it more. The disclaimer says "Manolo the Shoeblogger is not Mr. Manolo Blahnik." It's a *different* Manolo in the shoe industry. So I picked a url, let's say http://basement.shoeblogs.com/category/bedding/ . Pretty much every post looked like "buy this type of bedding," usually with an affiliate link. And over on the right-hand side are links like "Shop hassle free and buy unique Duvet Covers at thecompanystore.com" that look an awful lot to us like paid links that pass PageRank. I support the right of this blogger to put whatever they want on their domain, but I also support Google's right to decide how to rank our search results, and I don't think we should be obligated to rank that site highly. I appreciated the rest of your post and it's safe to say that people inside Google are discussing it and how we can do better.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2011 on Trouble In the House of Google at Coding Horror