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Friday, July 08, 2005

 
Blogs blocking up search results. The author of this piece records that there are now over 13 million blogs available online. They get high rankings because they're updated frequently, focus on a subject so are keyword rich, static HTML and don't have a lot of images. I don't actually view this as 'blocking up' search results, unless you see the purpose of a search engine being to provide links to pages, rather than information. However, if this growth continues, I could easily see Google splitting blog results off into a different section, the way they've done with news, groups and images.

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Hasn't Google already tweaked its relevance rankings to lessen the impact of blogs?

It used to be that if I googled my name, my blog would come up in the first few hits. Now it comes up around #100. On some other engines it's still in the top 5 or so. Course, I'm hosted on Blogspot so I'd imagine it's easy to downgrade the blog ranking - harder if someone's hosted on their own server, presumably.
 
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