Video Search By Yahoo: Duplicate Content Issues

Dec 17, 2004 - 9:02 am 0 by

While I was at the SES Conference (which I really need to make sub categories for, I'll get to it one day) Jeremy Zawodny blogged about the new Yahoo Video Beta Search. In a later blog entry at the YSearchBlog, says that they made a number of improvements to the Video index as well as telling us that we can expect RSS support. Yahoo is really embracing RSS, good stuff.

I did not have much time to find forum threads on it at the time, so I let it sit. WebmasterWorld recently Featured a Thread on the topic. I did have some time while at the conference to mess around with the results. I did a search on basketball, I am a white short guy, but I love playing basketball. What I found was three of the same result (video) (same movie) on four of the first pages for that search. See the second result on the first page "basketball.mpg" at (I did not watch it, but it has the same caption). Then click to the second page and the first result named "basketball_1.mpg" at And also on the fourth page the 4th result named "basketball.mpg" at was the same movie.

Now to build a technology that watches the movie to make sure that even if the location and file name are different, if the movie is the same, do not show it twice - then that will be cool. Or they can hire me to review all movies indexed, just need a big couch.



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