Thursday, February 26, 2004

Strange Google Search Results
Since the introduction of the new Hilltop algorithm at Google, and the recent Brandy update of Google's legendary server farm, I've started noticing some peculiar search results.

For example, searching on Dell Inspiron 8600 doesn't bring up any Dell sites on the first page. What's peculiar about this is that the first result is a page on how to get Linux running on a Dell Inspiron 8600.

Another is for a finance book -Marc Rivalland Swing Trading . What's noticable about this is that the author's own site isn't listed. His site does appear in a similar search on Yahoo, positioned at number 8.

And here's yet another - Compaq Armada e700 on Google, and the same on Yahoo - note that Google doesn't list in the first page of results, and yet Compaq appear at no 7 and no 8 on the Yahoo search.

What's noticable about the Google results , particularly for specific products, is that far more price comparison sites appear in the first page of results. This is highly annoying - when I'm searching for a particular laptop, I want the company product page to find out more about it. I don't want zillions of price comparison pages.