Not really such bad work by Hummingbird

At first I thought that it was just a #fail by Hummingbird to understand a long tail search. But the posts that @mattmcgee

 was searching for was from 2007. Meanwhile college football ranking reports are probably trending right now.

Also, the query terms [put down ranking reports] does little to help Hummingbird establish the context of SEO.

Bottom line, I think that the original 2007 post just timed out. The latest post, when Matt got the unexpected results, now outranks the football posts.

And actually, if Hummingbird is doing its job it probably shouldn't be quick to send people to a 2007 post on SEO, since it may contain outdated concepts.

 

Not really such bad work by Hummingbird

At first I thought that it was just a #fail by Hummingbird to understand a long tail search. But the posts that @mattmcgee

 was searching for was from 2007. Meanwhile college football ranking reports are probably trending right now.

Also, the query terms [put down ranking reports] does little to help Hummingbird establish the context of SEO.

Bottom line, I think that the original 2007 post just timed out. The latest post, when Matt got the unexpected results, now outranks the football posts.

And actually, if Hummingbird is doing its job it probably shouldn't be quick to send people to a 2007 post on SEO, since it may contain outdated concepts.

 

First they position the

First they position the domains and now they resell. I wonder then google will start selling domain per keyword ;)

What a joke is right!

That's why I referred to it as "precious" - should've said "precious time wasted". Ack!

Yes, very precious - and special :)

I couldn't help but laugh out loud through this canned piece of Google PR bullshit. Yes, let's "make-believe" we have search query data to begin with...Hah! ;)

Hit or miss

I see recently they (link detox) have released the "Genesis" algorithm update that claims to address many of the deficiencies in previous versions but I moved on to creating my own methods of filtering / identifying low quality links long ago. If you can't program and have a budget, Link Detox and Remove'em are great options.

It only makes sense

It makes perfect sense. The breadcrumbs have been there all along. In Sergey Brin's profile on the Management page of Google it outlines some of his acedemic papers while at Stanford, including such hits as...

Extracting Patterns and Relations from the World Wide Web; Dynamic Data Mining: A New Architecture for Data with High Dimensionality, which he published with Larry Page; Scalable Techniques for Mining Casual Structures; Dynamic Itemset Counting and Implication Rules for Market Basket Data; and Beyond Market Baskets: Generalizing Association Rules to Correlations.

The semantic web that is emerging has been a goal of Google, it's founders and many engineers since the internet was founded. It should be no real surprise to see this coming to fruition. It's only in Google's interest to push the value of organic rankings down, further funneling more people into Adwords - again no real surprise. I don't see this new feature popping up in more searches about (just) a land grab as much as a logical progression of their search product honestly, it just conveniently also has the effect of pushing organic searches down just a little bit more.

I hate to sound obvious here,

I hate to sound obvious here, but I really hate this idea...

Quality Not Quantity

I recently looked at several posts of mine where the Google Authorship Photo Snippet was showing up versus not showing up (on the same site). From what I can tell, it appears that the "showing up" versus "not showing up" is dependent on the quality of the links, and not just the quantity of links.

In one case, there were 200 more links to a post (but not quality links). Photo snippet doesn't show up. But on one post, with one quality link from a trusted site, the photo snippet shows up.

It's quality links, not quantity.

Quality Not Quantity

I recently looked at several posts of mine where the Google Authorship Photo Snippet was showing up versus not showing up (on the same site). From what I can tell, it appears that the "showing up" versus "not showing up" is dependent on the quality of the links, and not just the quantity of links.

In one case, there were 200 more links to a post (but not quality links). Photo snippet doesn't show up. But on one post, with one quality link from a trusted site, the photo snippet shows up.

It's quality links, not quantity.