Years ago, shortly after I built my first web page and started promoting it on the web, I came across a site that provided a lot of help and insight into how search engines worked, and what to do to make a site more visible in search engines. I guess that it had an effect … Read more Danny Sullivan Leaves Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies
Sometimes you see an idea appear to repeat itself in the world of search engines when it comes to intellectual property. Imagine that you could take a body of queries, and classify them so that you could get a sense of what the searcher’s intent was. Also consider the notion that you could then split … Read more What Do You Do With a Database of AOL User Queries?
And, how do you grab a random page from that search engine? A new Google employee, Ziv Bar-Yossef, gave a presentation at Google on August 17th answering those questions, which is available on a Google Techtalk video: Random Sampling from a Search Engine’s Index (video). Ziv Bar-Yossef was most recently at Technion – Israel Institute … Read more How Do You Estimate the Size of A Search Engine?
What Role Does Editorial Opinion Play in Ranking Search Results? Assignments of query themes, favored and non-favored pages, ranking based upon editorial opinion – a new patent from Google provides an interesting way of ranking search results in response to queries. Here’s a quick summary of the processes described in this patent granted today to … Read more Google looks at Ranking Based upon Editorial Opinion
I had the good fortune to be able to meet Jim Hedger at the San Jose SES a little over a week ago. While we didn’t have the opportunity to talk at great length, it was nice to meet him. I’ve been reading his blog posts and articles for a few years now. I really … Read more Jim Hedger’s Interview with Jill Whalen