Sanding our assholes with 150 grit. Slowly. Lovingly.

Goodnight Google, Your Monopoly is About to End

http://www.fuckedgoogle.com/

40% of Google's revs come from Adsense.

Now finally a big competitor is entering the space.

Namely, Yahoooooo!
Permalink Great Expectorations 
March 14th, 2005
People will keep using Google because it offers a pleasant user experience.
Permalink Ian Boys 
March 14th, 2005
But shitty search results.

Take the Pepsi challenge.

Do a side by side search using google and yahoo. In most cases you will get far better results with yahoo.

Why?

Because G places too much weighting on incoming links. This results in G's first few SERPs showing ancient dinosaur sites which have accumulated thousands of incoming links. Some of these sites have been updated since 1999, But G's algorithm doesn't care. Meanwhile Y will deliver sites with far fewer incoming but with better content.

I used to be a big G fan. Now I have gone back to Y.
Permalink Sriddhavasta Chomnipurinam 
March 14th, 2005
Hmmmm....

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/1774
Permalink whippet 
March 14th, 2005
Sriddhavasta,

You should qualify that what you're saying is entirely speculation - Google patented and publicized PageRank(TM), however it is one small part of their search technology (apparently it is quite low in the weighting now).

Regarding the "old, dinosaur sites", personally I think there's some value in sites aging into the search ranks (I'd like to have a search option to only search sites that have existed for X months/years), however from personal experience I have noticed that everytime I add significant new content suddenly all of the pages on my domain shoot up in the Google rankings (I get a tremendous number more Google hits for completely unrelated pages). I suspect that they do monitor page variance and incorporate it into their rankings.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
March 14th, 2005
No one gives a shit about PR.
Permalink anon4thisone 
March 14th, 2005
It's true that Pepsi wins in all taste tests.

And yet Coke continues to outsell Pepsi.
Permalink Rich Rogers 
March 14th, 2005
> It's true that Pepsi wins in all taste tests.

Yep, even though I don't like pepsi and do like coke, if I was in a taste test I'ld be certain to say I liked the drink that happened to be pepsi. I'm so dumb. Thank you for explaining that to me.
Permalink  
March 14th, 2005
Pepsi wins because it is sweeter. So it wins in one time game. A whole bottle of coke tastes better to most people so it wins in the longer game. Coke made this same mistake with their new coke. New coke tested better against pepsi but failed miserably.

Plus coke has billions of dollars of advertising run into our ahead so we tend to act unconsciously on the coke brand. What it tastes like isn't as important.
Permalink t 
March 14th, 2005
I'd still go to news.google.com. And now it's customizable.
Permalink Andre 
March 14th, 2005
Yahoo is such a revenue whore can you every really trust them? This is the company that brought you popup ads and moving images. Remember the X10 spy camera? This is the company that twice reset user's marketing preferences to 'more spam'. This is the company that couldn't offer double digit email quota until gmail came along. Even today that can't match gmail's quota.

I recall reading that Yahoo was planning on disguising paid advertisements as search results. I'm not sure of the status, but does anybody doubt yahoo would do this in a heart beat if they aren't already doing it?

Not saying Google doesn't do evil stuff. But in the big picture, Google's purity rating is much higher than Yahoo's.
Permalink josReader 
March 15th, 2005

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