I have never scroll down to the bottom of the page and didn’t notice the link to Dissatisfied with Google search results? until a few days ago. I actually learnt about it from Matt Cutt’s blog.
It is another one of those things where Google try to engage surfers to help them weed out spammy sites. It is a good feature. Depending on which angle you are looking. Good because surfers can help Google nuke out those sites which offer nothing but empty pages with no content. You know, sites who are out to make money from earning Adsense clicks?
The other day, while I was searching for information to help my in-law who has end stage of liver cancer, I really felt the brunt of stumbling on spammy sites. For once, I realised how frustrating it is to not able to find those hospitals and good cancer sites but instead, stumble on spammy blogs.
Bad because we are vulnerable to sabotage. What if we get reported? That’s why I decided to change my way of blogging from now on. I am going to focus on more neat topics and not just one blog that covers everything.
For example, if I have a 3,000 posts blog like my personal blog but I have 10 pages which are hot on the SERPs, I will find out what are those things that attract the traffic. Is it a topic that I can come up with decent posts? Can I expand that few pages to 20-30 pages of useful information that may help those people who are searching for it?
Google loves these kind of blogs. I believe they have human eyes monitoring the contents.
So, bear in mind that we are subjected to the millions of surfers out there who may report our site to Google.
Archie(May 4, 2008 - 4:59 pm)
Its a nice feature but its scary, imagine if competitors are able to flag other peoples pages just to wipe them of the map like a nice site or blog getting labeled as spam by competitors of something.
Make Money Talks(May 8, 2008 - 7:49 pm)
If they don’t check reports manually then hole system is very week, just think if someone make bot tools to submit “bad spammy sites” [their competitors].
Ghatozkat(May 21, 2008 - 10:52 pm)
That’s really scary, i will stop posting off topic posts on my blog from now on.
Mike(November 17, 2008 - 2:48 am)
I think Google is trying to clean up the internet. I must say, more power to them. It needs a good clean up, especially the porn and gambling sites that pop-up everywhere now.