How Google May Rank Some Results based on Categorical Quality

A New Patent on Categorical Quality Some of the people who write patents for Google tend to stand out to me. One of those is Trystan Upstill. I noticed that he has published another one that looks really interesting, and worth reading. When I started following his patents, I read his doctoral thesis, Document ranking … Continue reading “How Google May Rank Some Results based on Categorical Quality”

Quality Scores for Queries: Structured Data, Synthetic Queries and Augmentation Queries

Quality Scores and Augmentation Queries In general, the subject matter of this specification relates to identifying or generating augmentation queries, storing the augmentation queries, and identifying stored augmentation queries for use in augmenting user searches. An augmentation query can be a query that performs well in locating desirable documents identified in the search results. The … Continue reading “Quality Scores for Queries: Structured Data, Synthetic Queries and Augmentation Queries”

Using Ngram Phrase Models to Generate Site Quality Scores

Navneet Panda, whom the Google Panda update is named after, has co-invented a new patent that focuses on site quality scores. It’s worth studying to understand how it determines the quality of sites. Back in 2013, I wrote the post Google Scoring Gibberish Content to Demote Pages in Rankings, about Google using ngrams from sites … Continue reading “Using Ngram Phrase Models to Generate Site Quality Scores”

Ranking Local Businesses Based Upon Quality Measures including Travel Time

Google’s Travel Time Patent Can the amount of travel time someone might take to get to a place be a good indication of the quality of that place? That is the assumption behind a recently granted patent from Google that focuses upon local SEO. Travel time in the patent is referred to as a “time … Continue reading “Ranking Local Businesses Based Upon Quality Measures including Travel Time”

Google to Map the Quality of Roads?

We’ve all read about Google working to build self-driving cars, and I’ve written about Google building Google Maps programs to help people navigate to different places. A Google patent application published this week takes a closer look at computers in cars, and the many sensors that are connected to those, and it discusses how automotive … Continue reading “Google to Map the Quality of Roads?”

How Google May Classify Sites as Low Quality Sites

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Barbara Starr and I are giving a two-person Presentation to the SEO San Diego Meetup, SEM San Diego Meetup, and Lotico Semantic Web San Diego Meetup Groups, titled Ranking in Google Since The Advent of The Knowledge Graph. Barbara and I have been looking at a lot of patents while … Continue reading “How Google May Classify Sites as Low Quality Sites”