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The Google Patent and SEO
By Stephan Miller
  Google's Patent Application contains a lot to read and reading it may take some time, but if you own any type of website, this is all information you need to know. It also brings some interesting points up. While I go over some of the important points, know that no one knows which of these factors is given more weight than the others.

Domain Name Registration - Google is going to track when a domain is registered among other things. An older domain will get a higher ranking. No more throw away domain names. No more jump to the top of Google results in thirty days.

They will also be tracking the length of renewal on the theory that a person that renews for ten years will be more likely to build a worthwhile site than someone who only holds their domain for a year. Google will also be keeping a blacklist of known sp@mmers and will be using this list when checking dns records of websites. So sp@mmers who make sure to get their new throwaway domains with different nameservers in order to throw Google off may have to try something new.

Google Spyware? - They are using "user behavior" to rank sites. In my book, if spyware removers try to remove Alexa every time I run it, then this function of the Google toolbar can only be called spyware. Yes, you may chëck the box on the terms of service for the toolbar, but it still tracks your internet browsing.

But, I think the theory will make search engine results much better.

Google will be tracking the number of times a document is selected from the search engine results. This is a great idea. It means you now have to write the titles of your pages to grab the searcher's attention. And since the search terms are highlighted in the results, maybe placing them at the beginning of sentences in your page may make them stand out due to capitalization. But I also see a way that this can be sp@mmed by a network of "search and click" sp@mmers.

They will also be tracking the amount of time a person spends on the page that they find. I don't know about you, but I have been around long enough to notice a sp@m page and I am gone in two seconds. This may help drop them out of legitïmate results.

Content Changes - I think this comes down to just updating your information the way it should be updated. If you have a forum that hasn't been active in a week, the one that is very active with new posts every minute will definitely rank higher.

But the document also mentions that some stale sites may not be ranked lower, if not updated that much. For example, a site on the Civil War would not be expected to change as much as a news headlines site and an older, more stable site may get the rank boost.

Query Analysis - A search for "American Idol Wïnner" will produce different results than it did last year, even if a page on last year's wïnner has more links pointing to it.

Google will be following trends by the increase or decrease in the usage of certain search terms or phrases. I am not sure how this will be implemented. Will there be a quicker ranking algorithm for new trends? Or will sites that have a tendency to break new topics get top billing for such terms?

The search engine will also be sensitive to terms that could be used for different subjects. When you search for "Deep Throat" are you looking for Mark Felt or a Linda Lovelace movie? Google will track what searchers are actually looking for and changes in searching trends.

A Google Browser? - Google also says that they will attempt to track bookmarks and favorites files along with cache files to help determine the ranking of sites. The only way I see this happening is through their own browser and again, this brings up the question of spyware.

Topics - Pages will be tracked for the topics they cover. Maybe this is what Site Flavored Search is all about. Google says that changes in topic will be traced for scoring. So a drastic change in a site may drop it down in the search results. I think this must already be in effect, just for some of the things I have seen with my own sites.

Anchor Text - Google says that links to pages from other sites tend to have differing anchor text if they are obtained naturally. Artificial linking campaigns tend to produce anchor text that is the same. Anchor text that changes when the page the link is on changes will be counted as being more relevant.

Anchor text that changes with time may indicate a change in topic on the site.

Anchor text that is no longer relevant to the site linked to may be discounted.

Traffïc - Google will track traffïc to a page to determine if the content is stale or not. This is a cue that sites will no longer be create and forget. Google will also factor in Advertising traffïc.

Linking - Google says that legitïmate sites attract links back slowly. Whether this is true or not depends on the definition of "slowly". I know of sites like stumbleupon.com, where users comment and rate sites constantly and one site sent into the mix can get hundreds of links to it within a day just from comments posted about it.

Google also says that exchanging links, purchasing links, or gaining links from documents where there is no editorial discretion are all forms of link sp@m. Does this mean that if you link to someone and they link to you, that is sp@m? Then a lot of bloggers out there who aren't really trying to sp@m may get accused of doing so.

They will also be measuring the authority of the page that the links are on, mentioning government documents specifically. This smacks of information control. Who assigns this authority and what makes one person more of an authority than another? If a political issue is searched for, will a Democrat's or a Republican's page come up first?

The freshness of the page that the link is on will also help determine the freshness of the linked-to page. This is a good argument for using a blog and pinging after your entries.

A page that is updated while the link on that page remains the same is a good indicator of the relevancy of that link.

Ranking History - Ranking change is another feature that Google will use to detect sp@m. Not that all sites will be flagged as sp@m sites if they see a huge jump in ranking. Some of these sites could be topical. The authors of the site may have caught onto a new trend just as it was rising.

But Google also will measure the change in a site's ranking to determine if the content is becoming stale, i.e. a drop in links to the site.

This must mean some sort of balance and I hope they have leeway for traditional SEO. For example, If you have written new software and have created a PAD file for it, you can literally get hundreds of new links in a week. It only takes a second to submit.

What about if you started your own affïliate program. You can get a lot of links quickly that way? Will Google see this as sp@m? We will have to wait and see.

Finally Hope - Competition always inspires a better product and more options for internet users. Despite the focus on Google in search engine forums and its name being used to define "search for something on the internet", i.e. I Googled him, Google's hold on the market has actually dropped.

When once you could optimize for Google and leave it that, now the combined use of MSN and Yahoo is greater than Google, with Yahoo nipping at Google's heels.

This leaves options for us as search engine marketers and internet searchers. If one search engine doesn't suit us, at least we know that it isn't the only one we have to choose.

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    Hawaii Health Department Chemist Cooked Up LSD for Air Force Members: ProsecutorsA government chemist in Hawaii cooked up batches of LSD for active-duty members of the U.S. military who responded to ads for the powerful hallucinogen posted on social media, prosecutors allege.Trevor Keegan, an ?extract tech? in the Disease Outbreak Control Division of the state Health Department, was charged earlier this month on one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. His alleged co-conspirator, Austin White, is not known to be affiliated with any government agency. He is facing the same charges as Keegan.The case came to the attention of investigators last September, when a confidential informant tipped off the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) about ?an individual [who] was utilizing...Snapchat to advertise and conduct drug sales, particularly with active duty military service members.? The existence of the investigation has not been previously reported.Air Force Vet Who Shot Woman for Stealing His Nazi Flag Claims He?s Actually the Victim OSI turned the investigation over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which was soon able to identify the Snapchat dealer as White, prosecutors said.?White?s public Snapchat account showed the public advertisement of various controlled substances for sale with listed prices,? says a criminal complaint filed in Hawaii federal court. ?One of the advertised controlled substances was Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (?LSD?), more commonly known as ?acid,? which is a schedule I controlled substance.?LSD use within the armed forces has become an issue of late. In 2018, rampant LSD consumption by members of the Air Force?s nuclear missile corps was exposed by the Associated Press. Since then, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has reportedly launched nearly 200 investigations into LSD-related offenses, with cases spiking by 70 percent in the first four months of 2020. As recently as 2006, LSD use in the Air Force was so rare it was removed entirely from the standard drug tests given to airmen.In December 2019, an undercover DEA agent contacted White on Snapchat to arrange a purchase. During that meeting, White allegedly sold the agent 20 grams of ?a suspected LSD mixture in the form of ingestible gummies? for $200. The following month, White sold the same undercover agent about $1,400 worth of gummies and tabs of blotter acid, the complaint states. White?s source ?work[ed] in chemistry,? he told the undercover agent, and said he ?makes his own stuff.? White then agreed to have ?the cook? make another 300 blotter tabs in advance of their next meeting, according to prosecutors.That?s when White got sloppy. After getting $2,500 from his customer, White pointed to a car parked nearby. White allegedly told the undercover that the vehicle?s driver?and lone passenger?was his supplier, before walking over to retrieve the drugs. DEA agents were able to identify the driver as Keegan, according to court filings.Both men were arrested at the beginning of May. The blotter acid tested positive for LSD, although the gummies did not.?You would think that employees at the state disease outbreak control center would be too busy these days for such extracurricular activities,? Dan Grazier, an ex-Marine Corps officer who now works for the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, told The Daily Beast. ?I don?t recall a single instance of anyone testing positive for LSD when I was in the Marine Corps. I have heard it is becoming more common because it is quickly passed through the system and can't be detected in a urinalysis after 2 to 3 days.?Former U.S. Air Force squadron commander Cedric Leighton, who retired from the service as a colonel, said he discovered at least three of his airmen using LSD during his 26-year career.?Our service members are good people, but, like anyone else, they can be one bad decision away from ruining their careers and their lives,? Leighton told The Daily Beast. ?I saw it as my job to help them avoid those bad decisions.?Keegan and White?s attorneys did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.Both men are free on $50,000 bail. Keegan is expected to plead guilty at the end of October.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • A Kennedy who worked on Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force said he was asked to distort a coronavirus prediction to make the outbreak seem less bad -

    A Kennedy who worked on Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force said he was asked to distort a coronavirus prediction to make the outbreak seem less badMax Kennedy Jr., a Democrat, said he joined Jared Kushner's coronavirus response team hoping that it would rise above politics. It did not.


  • Biden can thank Californians for his big lead in the money race -

    Biden can thank Californians for his big lead in the money raceEnthusiastic donors, many in California, swelled Joe Biden's campaign accounts this summer, and he headed into the fall with a huge financial advantage over Trump.


  • Humpback whale swims free after getting stranded in Australian crocodile-infested river -

    Humpback whale swims free after getting stranded in Australian crocodile-infested riverA humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after getting lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. In the southern part of the country, an estimated 270 pilot whales were stranded.


  • Three jailed after being caught with 109 undersized lobsters in the Keys, police say -

    Three jailed after being caught with 109 undersized lobsters in the Keys, police sayThree Lower Keys residents were jailed Friday after state fish and wildlife police said they were found with more than 100 undersized lobsters and a haul of out-of-season stone crab claws.


  • Republican group targets ?hypocrite? Mitch McConnell for turnabout on Supreme Court nominations during election season -

    Republican group targets ?hypocrite? Mitch McConnell for turnabout on Supreme Court nominations during election season?GOP senator, thy name is hypocrite?


  • China admits Uighur birthrate has dropped by nearly one-third -

    China admits Uighur birthrate has dropped by nearly one-thirdChinese officials have admitted that birth rates have plummeted among its ethnic Uighurs, fuelling claims that Beijing is subjecting its Muslim minority to a campaign of forced birth control. Official statistics show that in Xinjiang, the north-western province where most of the 10 million strong Uighur community live, birth rates dropped by almost a third in 2018. The figures follow accusations that Beijing is attempting to reduce the Uighur population by threatening women with fines or spells in mass detention camps if they flout harsh family planning measures. At least a million Uighurs are believed to have passed through the detention camps in recent years, which Beijing insists are voluntary schools to teach Uighurs of the dangers of Islamic extremism. Human rights groups say they are used to eradicate Uighur culture, in tandem with forced abortion and sterilisation policies that amount to "demographic genocide".


  • Hundreds of whales stranded in southern Australia -

    Hundreds of whales stranded in southern AustraliaAt least twenty-five whales have died and scientists are trying to rescue 250 more that are stranded in a remote bay on the Australian island of Tasmania, officials said Monday.


  • Pakistan fire: Two to hang for Karachi garment factory inferno -

    Pakistan fire: Two to hang for Karachi garment factory infernoThe men were found guilty of starting Pakistan's deadliest industrial fire, killing some 260 people.


  • Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessions -

    Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessionsRAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonourable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel. Palestinians see the accords that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as a betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalising ties with Israel.


  • Drought-hit Mexicans demand that water sharing with U.S. end -

    Drought-hit Mexicans demand that water sharing with U.S. endThe treaty of 1944 details water sharing between Mexico and the United States, but Mexico is currently behind on their end of the deal.


  • Ohio, GOP defend limit on ballot drop boxes to 1 per county -

    Ohio, GOP defend limit on ballot drop boxes to 1 per countyOhio and Republican groups including the Trump campaign are fighting to uphold a GOP election chief's directive limiting ballot drop boxes in the presidential battleground to one per county. The Ohio Republican Party said Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye ?relied on anecdotal evidence and ?sound public policy,?? when the case ?presents a pure question of law.?


  • Archaeologists unearthed 27 sarcophagi in an ancient Egyptian city of the dead. They've been sealed for more than 2,500 years. -

    Archaeologists unearthed 27 sarcophagi in an ancient Egyptian city of the dead. They've been sealed for more than 2,500 years.Egyptians buried their dead in Saqqara for thousands of years. The ancient city has yielded countless discoveries, including human and animal mummies.


  • America?s Founders Recognized the Need for Public Education. Democracy Requires Maintaining That Commitment -

    America?s Founders Recognized the Need for Public Education. Democracy Requires Maintaining That CommitmentAmerica?s education story is ultimately a story of the tension between the idea that the nation?s democracy rests on the foundation of education and the inability to ever fully deliver on that commitment


  • ?Nothing is off the table?: Democrats threaten extraordinary measures if Republicans fill vacant Supreme Court seat -

    ?Nothing is off the table?: Democrats threaten extraordinary measures if Republicans fill vacant Supreme Court seatDemocrats could push for massive reforms of two branches of government


  • Australian journalist says he fled China after authorities threatened to detain his teenage daughter -

    Australian journalist says he fled China after authorities threatened to detain his teenage daughterChinese authorities threatened to detain an Australian journalist and his 14-year-old daughter two years ago, in apparent retaliation for his coverage of China. Matthew Carney, then the Australian Broadcasting Corp?s Beijing bureau chief, was already bracing for trouble after being reprimanded by Chinese foreign ministry representatives upset over his coverage, which they had deemed unfavourable to the country. The last meeting he had with representatives ended with him being told he had personally broken Chinese laws and was now under ?investigation.? The problems continued when Carney sought to renew his journalist visa. During the process, he was instructed to report to a facility and to bring his daughter, where a lead interrogator later alleged she had broken visa rules. He was told because his daughter is an adult under Chinese law, that "as the People?s Republic of China is a law-abiding country, she will be charged with the visa crime.?


  • DeKalb school board member accused of making racist remarks -

    DeKalb school board member accused of making racist remarksJoyce Morley, a DeKalb County school board member, said those accusing her of making racially insensitive comments during a recent meeting are mishearing what she actually said. During an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday, Morley explained that video from the emotionally-charged board meeting shows her saying the word ?rights? and not ?whites? when discussing the school district?s plans to reopen schools. During the Monday meeting in question, Cheryl Watson-Harris, DeKalb schools superintendent proposed that students and staff return to in-person learning as early as October, but on a part-time basis.


  • Millions in military gear vanishes ? until eBay post unravels trooper?s plot, feds say -

    Millions in military gear vanishes ? until eBay post unravels trooper?s plot, feds sayThe Illinois state trooper is accused of lifting more than $3 million worth of military equipment from a Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina.


  • Armed and Black. How a group of men licensed to carry guns say they are seeking racial justice -

    Armed and Black. How a group of men licensed to carry guns say they are seeking racial justiceArmed Black groups like the Minnesota Freedom Fighters work to protect the streets as calls for racial justice mount.


  • Solomon Islands: Men working for WW2 bomb clearing agency die in explosion -

    Solomon Islands: Men working for WW2 bomb clearing agency die in explosionThe men were working to help dispose of the many unexploded World War Two bombs on the islands.


  • Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote -

    Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons voteJust days after after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court victory to keep felons from voting until they've paid off fines, restitution and court fees, billionaire Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to help them pay off the debts. The former Democratic presidential candidate has helped raise more than $20 million so that felons who completed their prison sentences can vote in the presidential election. Bloomberg also has pledged $100 million to help Joe Biden win Florida.


  • A new startup is recruiting gig workers to help landlords evict people from their homes, calling it the fastest-growing moneymaking gig because of COVID-19 -

    A new startup is recruiting gig workers to help landlords evict people from their homes, calling it the fastest-growing moneymaking gig because of COVID-19The startup has been described as the Uber for evicting people.


  • Two key GOP senators propose $28.8 billion in airline assistance to avoid job cuts -

    Two key GOP senators propose $28.8 billion in airline assistance to avoid job cutsTwo key Republican senators on Monday introduced legislation that would authorize $28.8 billion in payroll assistance to avoid thousands of airline industry layoffs set to begin on Oct. 1. Senators Roger Wicker, who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Susan Collins, who chairs the appropriations subcommittee overseeing airline issues, introduced the measure that would grant airlines a new bailout days before existing payroll support runs out. Airlines are making a last-ditch effort to win funding, but face an uphill battle with Congress shifting its attention to the pending Supreme Court vacancy, congressional aides say.


  • Trump and Mitch McConnell move closer to securing GOP support for Senate vote on Supreme Court pick before election -

    Trump and Mitch McConnell move closer to securing GOP support for Senate vote on Supreme Court pick before election?No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican president?s Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year,? key GOP senator says


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