A Brief History Of Changes To The Google Algorithm?
Posted 22 May 2007 - 03:59 AM
I'm new to the SEO world and trying to get a general understanding of how the algorithm has evolved over the past few years. Or, has it been a lot of continual, minor changes? - making it difficult to identify 'significant' changes/dates?
Posted 23 May 2007 - 01:06 AM
In any case, I think the reason it's hard to document things like that is because the algorithm is kept a secret and there are a lot of "updates" vs "data refreshes" that seem to effect sites in different ways. Not to mention that there are lot of people claiming there is an update taking place, but nothing is ever verified... and almost never by a Googler.
I'd say if you want to learn the history of a search algorithm, one place to start is doing a "keyword" site: search on searchenginewatch.com, seobythesea.com (for patent info), blog.outer-court.com, searchenginland.com (for more recent stuff).
Posted 24 May 2007 - 08:49 AM
But, it IS an excellent idea. If some of the experts here at Cr8 and out there in the SEO world could organize their assumptions into a timeline format, that would be very valuable, to me at least. In fact, I would probaby pay for something like that...
Posted 24 May 2007 - 04:12 PM
I've been doing SEO for a while, probably not as long as others, but for the most part I focus in on what works now and what changes might occur in the future. I rarely think about what has happened in the past and when they happened.
That's probably short-sided of me, but long gone are the days of meta data stuffing... do I really need to know when they updated their algo so that wouldn't work anymore?
Posted 24 May 2007 - 04:20 PM
I was envisioning something more that a simple timeline I guess. Like what changed, why, and what was the impact? Seeing the past helps me extrapolate the future. And since I am visually oriented, I guess I already visualize information over time in the form of a graphic 'timeline'.
Understanding the recent devaluing of some paid linkbacks (or even the old metatags) might save my butt in the future
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - Santayana
Posted 24 May 2007 - 05:12 PM
I know there are always more 'good ideas' than time to do them..but seems like a page dedicated to this...and updated as people add info/comments - would be a valuable addition to this site/forum.
If it would help - I would be happy to create the page from whatever bits of info were available....not much of a contribution but about all I can offer at this point. - Barrett
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