Google's NSFW Pearl Necklace Search Result Removed

Dec 12, 2013 • 9:00 am | comments (41) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

pearl necklace on womanYesterday, at Search Engine Land, I covered how the search for the term [pearl necklace] on Google would return an inappropriate and mostly irrelevant search result in the top positions.

Someone searching for [pearl necklace] now is probably looking to buy someone a holiday present. They are probably not looking for the sexual definition of pearl necklace. But that is what came up in the number one and two position at Google yesterday morning.

Here is a screen shot:

Pearl Necklace Google

I immediately emailed Google when I posted the story asking why this happened, especially after the Santorum fix with the SafeSearch update that should have prevented this. Google has not responded to me.

But the search result from urbandictionary.com is no longer found on the first page for [pearl necklace].

Did Google manually remove it? I don't know. But it no longer shows up after the story was posted.

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Image credit to BigStockPhoto for woman with pearl necklace

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Comments:

Guest

12/12/2013 02:15 pm

Still there for me

Stuart David

12/12/2013 02:15 pm

Still there for me (attachment didnt go through)

GFE

12/12/2013 02:20 pm

What is the world coming to, its not like kids search for the jewellery pearl necklace in the first place!

CaptainSalad

12/12/2013 02:34 pm

I think that sooner or later penguin is going to have to be turned down a little because since penguin I see dedicated sites to specific niches vanish and replaced with powerhouse websites than have a random mention of the search term on a single page, I’m not talking about the normal amazon/eBay either. Google’s witch hunt for sites that break the rules have removed a lot of relevant sites from the serps for the keywords they target, not because they were spamming but because the keywords they targeted were relevant to their site so of course they were going to try and rank better for them. The end user now doesn’t find these useful sites so who is Google really punishing? The website owner who wanted to rank for the relevant phrases sure but ALSO the user who now won’t find that relevant site! Personally I feel google needs to let some sites that have some dodge links back in for the relevance point of view, the word "spam" needs to be redefined because when I think of spam I think of a website selling links, Viagra of some other crap, but when you have.... say a plumber trying to rank his pluming website well for a local pluming related queries I don't se how that can be viewed as spam? If he was trying to rank for something not related then maybe... Example I searched for a plumber last night and was presented with the films and times of movies showing at my local cinema, that’s great if I was looking for that but I wasn’t….. Just my opinion, not worth anything I know!

JustProduct

12/12/2013 02:46 pm

Barry, you're sometimes so ......... yellow, that this is just disgusting ( Visitors of your blog informed you about "inappropriate and mostly irrelevant search result in the top positions" hundreds of times. Did you pay attention ? Did you "immediately email Google" ? Did you "post the story asking why this happened" ? No. No. No. But when sex is in subject, then you immediately become very active. You email. You cover. You're all about it. What is this ? Sex addiction or pure yellow approach ? Are you still in business or just around it ?

Barry Schwartz

12/12/2013 02:49 pm

I did email Google asking why it happened.

JustProduct

12/12/2013 02:50 pm

....... I suppose you're tired again ............

Barry Schwartz

12/12/2013 02:53 pm

yea, got back late last night from a speech in New Haven, got up at 5am. i don’t sleep much.

Thomas

12/12/2013 02:57 pm

I don't really understand the commotion, that little piece of text is hardly NSFW.

Gwyneth

12/12/2013 03:01 pm

What about user intent? If someone often searches for things of a more *ahem* "adult" nature, should they be shown jewelry or something a little more appropriate for his or her tastes? Not everyone is shopping. Some are looking for a ZZTop song.

Josh

12/12/2013 03:11 pm

Who cares? If I was UD, I'd be pissed.

oliver

12/12/2013 03:27 pm

A few people would have got a shock from that SERP! Just goes to show Google has a long way to go.

Pixelrage

12/12/2013 03:38 pm

Maybe Costco was upset that they were only position 3 organic.

Stuart David

12/12/2013 03:40 pm

Disagree, the steps they have made in the past 3 years alone are amazing. So many idealistic comments

Durant Imboden

12/12/2013 03:54 pm

Too bad. For a moment there, I thought Google was trying to ensure greater diversity in its search results. :-)

John

12/12/2013 03:59 pm

Exactly the kind of reason I stopped using Google as a search engine months ago there results are getting worse not better. Only time I search on Google now is if I have a need to due to work related search required for some reason, which is rare.

Barry Schwartz

12/12/2013 04:41 pm

I complain about Google all the time. I think Google hates me more than you do. :)

Fedor

12/12/2013 05:26 pm

lol, so let me get this right, People that live in their own little world and don't know what a pearl necklace is complained that it's not what they thought it was? If you ask a guy between 18-35 what a pearl necklace is they are not going to talk about solid jewelry kind. This is just idiotic. They may as well get rid of all urban dictionary results.

JustProduct

12/12/2013 06:51 pm

Not sure about Google, but I have no chance to hate you even I would like to ) Valuable SER is in my best interest )

keaner

12/12/2013 08:17 pm

This is so stupid, there is absolutely no reason that result should have been removed. none. Stop being such sissys and so damn prudish people

Mike Kalil

12/12/2013 09:51 pm

People don't really wear pearl necklaces anymore. The results are probably relevant.

Richard

12/12/2013 10:03 pm

The urban dictionary definition is the most relevant. Another Google fail.

Jagger

12/12/2013 11:43 pm

Well for me the urban dictionary result is gone but yet another authority site has taken over the spot with the same definition. Ohhhh google......

Jagger

12/12/2013 11:44 pm

here is my new and "improved" results

Yo Mamma

12/13/2013 02:33 am

BUT THEY'RE FIGHT'N SPAM Type in SEX in Google and see what u get. My 1st result was: "Shop for SEX on Google" advert in graphic detail. Actually "365 Sex Positions $9.99 Google Play" sneaking in ahead of all its competition like ebay and amazon Then in the natural searches "News for SEX" News for SEX doesn't even make sense. Clearly Google sees the word SEX as the act of sex and not the biology and interest in the intellectual topic of sex. This is the definition of SEX: The property or quality by which organisms are classified as female or male on the basis of their reproductive organs and functions. b. Either of the two divisions, designated female and male, of this classification. 2. Females or males considered as a group. 3. The condition or character of being female or male; the physiological, functional, and psychological differences that distinguish the female and the male. See note at gender . 4. The sexual urge or instinct as it manifests itself in behavior. 5. Sexual intercourse. 6. The genitalia. Google jumps to #5, just can't wait to get it on eh Google

Yo Mamma

12/13/2013 02:44 am

Google has no diversification when it comes to the act of sex

Yo Mamma

12/13/2013 02:45 am

You're a d\creamer

Yo Mamma

12/13/2013 02:46 am

There should be a Xoogle for x rated stuff

Yo Mamma

12/13/2013 02:48 am

Wow, you can actually contact Google. Whats that email address? Hey, maybe they're now focusing on their non-existent customer service - about time

Barry Schwartz

12/13/2013 02:49 am

press@google.com

Yo Mamma

12/13/2013 02:50 am

Lol - spit or swallow ha ha ha How about do the Dutchman style and block it up

Yo Mamma

12/13/2013 02:52 am

Barry, u gotta be kidding. You're got a back door no doubt. I will do a test on that email and will post in 100 years when they decide to read it - loool

Barry Schwartz

12/13/2013 02:54 am

I use that as my primary method of channeling questions to Google. They obviously know I cover search and respond to me when they please.

CaptainSalad

12/13/2013 10:02 am

@rustybrick:disqus would this make a good story? http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/8831/gm9y.jpg

CaptainSalad

12/13/2013 10:23 am

The niche SEO targeted sites that have been penalised from google now give way to random non relevant results that just TOUCH on the subject matter. The penalties given to sites that wipe them off the SERPS aren’t just a blow to the companies but also to me as a user, I want to find relevant results quickly, I’m not worried about if a small florist who sells flowers brought a couple of links 10 years ago, as a user I want to be presented with the best most relevant results to my query, period! I think a balance needs to be made when the SERPS are this bad if the USER EXPERIENCE is the driving force behind the spam team’s effort. As a user these results now LOOK SPAMMY, because they are not relevant! What happened to you Google, you used to be cool! :(

Barry Schwartz

12/13/2013 01:18 pm

Who searches [buy some flowers] vs [buy flowers] plus I get completely different results.

CaptainSalad

12/13/2013 01:29 pm

I wanted to buy some flowers so typed in "buy some flowers" lol, I thought this was the point of hummingbird to recognise this stuff? The search you suggested brings better results but Bing still does better for both terms, strange! Its a UK search so maybe why you get diff results!

CaptainSalad

12/13/2013 01:39 pm

so using the word "some" throws Google off to think im looking for a blog or computer game but not bing! Maybe I miss understood hummingbird then?

Barry Schwartz

12/13/2013 01:40 pm

Want me to send the feedback to Google? Or you have already? Google sucks

CaptainSalad

12/13/2013 01:42 pm

Go for it Barry, if it helps them fix some probs and patch them can only be a good thing! Have a good weekend anyway dude! :)

Gourav Jaswal

12/16/2013 05:58 am

after page rank updates we have not much data of bookmarking sites please tell us solutions what we do in seo

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