How Should Google Handle Google Bombs?

Apr 24, 2007 - 9:12 am 1 by

What do you think about Google bombs? Do they devalue the quality and relevancy of search, or is it a beautiful thing? A WebmasterWorld member finds Google bombing all part of the "beauty of search." He references the PC World article that discusses that Stephen Colbert is now the "Greatest Living American" in the Google SERPs. I also reported on this yesterday, and Danny covered it at Search Engine Land as well.

The member wonders how Google removed the previous apparent Google Bombs, particularly with regards to the miserable failure of George Bush. From Matt's post on the Google Webmaster Central blog, it appears that it is in fact a tweak of the algorithm. One wonders how this works for relevancy of other results, though. I don't know if I agree with Colbert being the Greatest Living American (sorry Rand). :)

Regardless, it is questioned about whether Google Bombs should be allowed. For one member, it is seen as "stuffing the ballot box." Therefore, another member suggests that these pages not be ranked if the terms that are being linked in the anchor text are not present on the page that is being linked to.

As for "failure," earlier this month, George Bush ranked for it again after his personal web page said "failure." Danny discussed this on Search Engine Land.

Feel free to contribute to the discussion at WebmasterWorld.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024 - 10:00 am
Search Video Recaps

Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Ranking Volatility, Ads In Google AI Overviews, Sundar Pichai Interview, Heartfelt Helpful Content & More Ad News

May 24, 2024 - 8:01 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: The Site Reputation Abuse Policy Enforcement Not Yet Algorithmic

May 24, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Search Can Now Index Electronic Publication (EPUB)

May 24, 2024 - 7:41 am

Directory Of Embarrassing Google AI Overviews

May 24, 2024 - 7:31 am
Web Analytics

Google Analytics Real-Time Reports Adds Users In Last 5 Minutes

May 24, 2024 - 7:21 am
Previous Story: Does Yahoo Checkout Improve Your Click Through Rates?