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Posted 21 April 2006 - 06:37 PM
But I really don't enjoy reading patents, in all honesty. It's not how I get my jollies, and frankly, it's not how I do my job. Besides, I love getting links from .edu sites, as I've already said. I don't need proof that they're automatically treated as more authoritative. I just look them over and see whether or not they are, without needing to know whether their TLD is a factor in that or not. Some SEOs are computer scientists, and some aren't. Guess which I am
Somebody call Bill Slawski. I'm sure he'd be happy to go patent spelunking. Me, I've got two DVDs of German films that I've been wanting to see just waiting for my attention, as they have been for weeks, and they were just re-recommended to me this afternoon.
Oh, and have a great time in Cabo.
Posted 21 April 2006 - 08:46 PM
Posted 21 April 2006 - 10:14 PM
Posted 21 April 2006 - 10:17 PM
* My Emphasis
Of course, that's a "may" and we don't know how much of this patent application may actually be part of what Google is doing. Does Google consider all links from .gov or .mil or .edu to be worthy of high trust?
There's been a lot of talk about a paper on Trustrank across the net. Interesting document. Don't know if it has inspired any changes to the search engines. From that document:
The authors of that paper are more closely tied to Yahoo! than Google, and it really isn't an indication that any of the search engines rely upon which tld is being used.
While we have Matt Cutts recommending to people at a Consumer Webwatch symposium on "Building Trust on the Web" that if they use site commands to limit searches to .edu and .gov sites that they would receive more trustworthy information, that still doesn't help us here:
I haven't seen documents from the search engines that support an implicit trust, and accompanying higher ranking based upon links from a specific tld, with the exception of that historical data patent application. It doesn't mean that they don't skew results positively based upon a link from a page on one of those sites.
But the absence of any evidence doesn't negate the possibility either. We would be engaging in a fallacy if we made that assumption. The answer is possibly out there somewhere, maybe under the realm of being a trade secret.
Posted 21 April 2006 - 10:30 PM
If anyone has anything additional to add that hasn't already been said, please let me know and we can open it back up.
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