Number Two Result in Google For "Shoes" is YouTube

Feb 26, 2007 • 8:13 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A DigitalPoint Forums thread notes how a Google search on shoes returns a YouTube result.

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The YouTube video can be found here and it shows a humorous movie on shoes.

The thread wonders why anyone searching on shoes would be interested in that. But others find the video entertaining and enjoyable.

However, people are beginning to worry if this is another conspiracy theory. Google is going to begin to rank YouTube in the top results, because they now own them.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.

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02/26/2007 04:08 pm

This search result is not pertinent at all. Indeed, Google start with one of its components and I'm not sure that Youtube is a great result. With this example, I have some doubt about Google Research because Youtube could be one of main results for some different words. Objectivity would be missing.

Michael Martinez

02/26/2007 04:45 pm

There are hundreds of links to that YouTube page, so it's a perfectly natural and relevant listing. Why don't people bother to do some homework before cooking up conspiracy theories?

Barry Schwartz

02/26/2007 05:21 pm

Michael, That is uncalled for. Please read my post again and then comment.


02/26/2007 10:21 pm

Barry, the video has been viewed over 12 million times. I'd say it's pretty relevant. And look at all the inbound links to the video. I agree with Michael - no need to jump on the conspiracy bandwagon (which you appear to be doing by neglecting to mention the above facts or doing any investigation into how popular the video is).

Barry Schwartz

02/26/2007 10:24 pm

Maybe I was tired when I wrote this. I specially noted that this is a conspiracy theory.


02/27/2007 06:47 am

Conspiracy theorists contribute to the success of sites like YouTube and Wikipedia by mentioning the sites over and over again, in effect boosting their visibility and indirectly causing other sites to link to them. If anyone reading this doesn't want YouTube on the front page of Google, I suggest you stop talking about the site =)


02/27/2007 11:02 pm

Yes You t**** and Wiki***** need to mentioned a lot less to stop them taking over the world and the serps

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