Google Postpones Blog Search Ranking Update

Mar 10, 2009 • 8:53 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Two weeks ago, we reported that Google Blog Search To Test New Link Command Features Next Week. Well, it has now been postponed a bit.

An updated Google Groups thread has Googler, Jeremy Hylton saying this has to be pushed off by a couple weeks. He said:

Unfortunately, we ran into some delays with these experiments and had to push back the schedule a couple of weeks.

I know many folks were eager to see the changes this or last week, but it seems like we may have to wait until the end of this month or early April.

In short, the changes were going to impact how Google Blog Search returns matches for blog posts for queries. Google is a bit too inclusive right now on what they return as keyword matches on blog posts. Google Blog Search is working on fine tuning their "blogroll detectors" and other detectors to make the results more relevant.

Forum discussion continued at Google Groups.

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Michael Martinez

03/10/2009 04:35 pm

The link operator is a waste of time in Blogsearch. They need to fix the crawling and indexing problems first. What are you going to do with link reports from a smaller index?

Barry Schwartz

03/10/2009 04:38 pm

Michael, honestly, I find the link operator (or at least, used to) useful in that I can find new links to my sites. So if I write about a story and want to see people linking to my story the day after, I simply use blog search.

Chris Dowell

03/11/2009 01:08 pm

I use the link operator an find it useful also. I'm looking forward to the new changes.

No Name

03/11/2009 05:00 pm

It is a useful tool but I agree with Mike that there are a couple more things they need to pay more attention.

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