Re: Search Engine habits

Subject: Re: Search Engine habits
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2009 06:44:05 +1100

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> After an exchange in another thread, it occurs to me to ask:
>
> Does anybody on the list ROUTINELY search with Google, Yahoo or any of
> the other major engines and then actually look past the second page of
> results?
>
>
> Does anybody on the list RARELY(*)-but-sometimes search with Google,
> Yahoo or any of the other major engines and then actually look past the
> second page of results?
>
>
> I wanted to say "EVER", but everybody who's ever used search engines has
> had to go through the learning curve of seeing how rapidly the useful
> results drop off, meaning that everybody has had to look a few times
> before deciding that:
>
> A) There's not likely to be much useful stuff past the second page of a
> casual search and
>
> B) If you want there to be something useful on later pages of results,
> you have to take time up front to craft a very particular and
> well-thought-out search with all sorts of terms and conditions.
>

I am known far and wide for my Google-fu abilities
and I can say with absolutely certainty that even
with a well-crafted search request, if you're
looking for something particularly obscure, good
hits are occasionally found on the latter pages
of search results. My best guess as to why has
to do with how Google "rates" pages. I suspect
that it puts more popular pages first so if you
are looking for something obscure that is on a
similarly obscure site, it's not going to show
up on the first page or two of hits.

-- Janice

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