Google's Big Filter Mystery

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New Google filter flaws search results
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Threadwatch member Brian Turner posts a nice summary of this thread over at SEW started by NFFC a couple of weeks back.

The long and short of the "problem" is that Google is returning far less results than it would normally for terms that would usually return about the limit of 1000 results. From Brians post:

One of the most affected search terms is for "Yahoo", the rival search engine. A search on Google.com for that word will return only 48 results - most of which are Japanese language pages.

Even the most common words on the internet are being returned with far less than 1000 pages, for example:

902 of about 100,000,000 for casino
851 of about 96,000,000 for porn
900 of about 616,000,000 for internet
911 of about 1,010,000,000 for web
914 of about 376,000,000 for computer
951 of about 8,000,000,000 for the

So, what, if anything, is going on at Google and is this affecting anyone other than just not returning so many results?

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It gets much more interesting

when you look at how the results have been filtered on the yahoo.com domain.

Weird

I can see it's mostly japanese results - would anyone care to enlighten me further or cast a guess/theory on this one?

That's the weirdest set of results you could possibly imagine for "yahoo"....

Clustering of Subdomains

For the Yahoo example, Google is clustering the subdomains for yahoo.com. The reason why you see mostly Japanaese results is that yahoo.co.jp is not impacted since it seperate from the .com. Yahoo UK, Yahoo Germany, etc. are all subdomains on Yahoo.com and for some reasong Google has clustered them.

through the looking glass

For the Yahoo example, Google is clustering the subdomains for yahoo.com. The reason why you see mostly Japanaese results is that yahoo.co.jp is not impacted since it seperate from the .com. Yahoo UK, Yahoo Germany, etc. are all subdomains on Yahoo.com and for some reason Google has clustered them.

Not very good clustering then, because yahoo.co.jp's results are almost solely subdomains. They're tacked on too, and not an indented list from www.yahoo.co.jp.

Oh, and rightly or wrongly, its showing yahoo.de seperately in the list too, even though it appears to redirect to a subdomain of the .com

Perhaps we dwell too much on the yahoo example ;)

Battelle has some "inside news"

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I have it on very good authority that Google is fiddling with its "results crowding" algorithms, and not targeting Yahoo or filtering in any way.

http://battellemedia.com/archives/001162.php

"Inside news"? GG posted that

"Inside news"? GG posted that on SEW the day before - heck, even Danny Sullivan posted that Google had said as much before Battell's blog post. :)

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