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Googledumping

It seems Google have tweaked their algorithm a bit, resulting in several high profile webloggers losing their top ranking positions for a search on their name. Scott Andrew summarises the situation nicely:

So now a number of people are screaming about how Google screwed them. To which I say: whatever. Google is supposed to return relevant results to your search, not just the most popular or linked-to. I mean, why on Earth should I be ranked above McCloud, Orson Scott Card and Coretta Scott King? Because I write about bees on my website?

This is Googledumping by Simon Willison, posted on 2nd October 2002.

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