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Subject:Re: Google - how far do you go? From:Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com> To:Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com> Date:Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:05:01 -0700
>That's one of the downsides of working on-site... one has to worry about
being branded a porn surfer just by landing inadvertently on a porn site.
Working at home,
What could you possibly search for that might reveal porn sites, at work? :)
In the 100+ work-related searches I initiate each day, I haven't once
accidentally stumbled upon such a site... and I only have "safe search"
turned on for images (because it is easy to accidentally stumble upon NSFW
images - but image searches are not the same).
To answer the OP question...
Quite often, I look far beyond the first page of results. Often times, what
I am looking for is actually found on the second or third results page. One
has to understand how Google ranking works. The pages are not necessarily
sorted by most relevant results first but rather by Google ranking, which
is a value based on a great many factors...look up Google ranking to
understand more about how it works. Common terms/searches will often
'coincidentally' reveal what most people require within the first search
result page but slightly more obscure search terms may require drilling
down in to the results.
On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM, Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com> wrote:
> That's one of the downsides of working on-site... one has to worry about
> being branded a porn surfer just by landing inadvertently on a porn site.
> Working at home, it doesn't kill the usefulness of the search engine for me
> although I have to confess, it's been a really long time (probably getting
> close to ten years) since clicking on a link on a search results page
> brought me to a porn site. I suspect that's mostly because I've gotten much
> better at the use of queries. I had forgotten those moments of mad scramble
> to close a window and looking over my shoulder in the hopes that nobody had
> seen what had popped up on my screen. It still amazes me when I see an
> article about how some senior-level executive gets given the heave-ho for
> spending much of their day browsing porn sites. Sheesh.
> I do have to relate that I once worked with a senior-level developer who
> did that sort of stuff. Fortunately for him, he was a partner, the primary
> developer, and really superb at what he did. Not only that but he had a
> private, windowless office and kept the door closed at all times. That
> worked well also to throttle back the really loud music he played all day
> long. Only guy I knew who would simultaneously write code on two keyboards
> at once.
> Best Regards,
> Mike Starr, Writer
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> (262) 694-1028 - mike -at- writestarr -dot- com - http://www.writestarr.com
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> On 4/2/2014 4:24 PM, Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
>> With some engines, you consume the first half of the first page just
>> scrolling past the paid ads to find actual information.
>> As for how far to search, the moment clicking on a link lands you on an X
>> rated site, you're done searching no matter how many or few pages you've
>> looked at.
>> Gene Kim-Enjg
>> On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
>> Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
>> In your normal, everyday interaction with public search engines (Google,
>>> Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc.), for roughly what percentage of search instances
>>> you bother to look past page 1 of the results?
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