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Monday, September 27, 2010

What Changes Would You Make to the Google Algorithm?

Posted by @ 7:55 pm

I recently came across an interesting thread on the WebmasterWorld forum which has generated plenty of discussion.

The topic being, what would you change in the Google search algorithm?

Some of the changes that forum members would make include:

  • Don’t penalize paid links, just don’t let them pass link juice
  • Make penalties permanent
  • Kill the nofollow attribute
  • Modify the PageRank “link juice” calculation so that it was based not on how much “link juice” flowed to a page, but rather on how much flowed through a page
  • Drop PageRank from the toolbar

The key issue here is that nobody really knows all the factors in the Google search algorithm. Even Mr Google, Matt Cutts, has told us that Google makes a change to the algorithm daily. So, if you don’t know what is there in the first place then it is pretty hard to know what to change. But isn’t it fun to speculate!

I hope Google is watching this thread closely. It will give them a first hand look into what the masses think about their algorithm and how they can make it better.

You can check out the rest of the discussion at the WebmasterWorld forum here.

Back in November last year we told you about the 200 Google ranking factors that the members of the WebmasterWorld forum started compiling. Now this is your chance to have your say and let us know what you would change. Feel free to share your suggestions below.

Courtney Mills Courtney is an online marketing and communications specialist at ineedhits - a leading search engine marketing firm with over 16 years experience. Courtney has been living and breathing online marketing for over 5 years. She specializes in web and communication marketing, while providing news and opinion to online marketing communities.

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