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Google's page ranking algorithms

  1. Aug 6, 2007 #1
    A few days ago I started a thread here on physicsforums about a new article on climate change. Yesterday I was using google to find out more about some related research. To my surprise the thread I started was on top when searching using some but rather generic keywords.

    If you google using the search string "deadly blow", the thread I started is at nr. 3, even though the thread title was changed within hours by the moderator. How is this possible for such a generic search string as "deadly blow"?
     
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  3. Aug 6, 2007 #2
    I may be wrong! but isn't the phrase 'deathly blow' and not 'deadly blow'? That may explain why this phrase isn't as common as you might think.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2007 #3

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    PF is fairly well ranked at Google i noticed, forums are good sources of information, so Google might rank forums higher.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2007 #4

    AlephZero

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    PF runs Google ads. Coincidence, or not? :uhh:
     
  6. Aug 6, 2007 #5

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    PF has a high confidence rating, so threads started here show up at or near the top of searches.
     
  7. Aug 7, 2007 #6

    CRGreathouse

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    Also, Google loves fresh content, so it's especially high as soon as the googlebot finds it.
     
  8. Aug 7, 2007 #7

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    That's a good point. If Google can drive traffic to sites with Google ads in favor of other sites why wouldn't they? I wonder...
     
  9. Aug 7, 2007 #8

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    No, Google's Pigeon Ranking is completely above board. (I will never get tired of reading this)

    http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html
     
  10. Aug 8, 2007 #9

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    I can already see the tie breaker function:
    Code (Text):

    Page A, B;
    if(A.Rank == B.Rank){
        if(A.AdRank > B.AdRank) return A;
        else return B;
    }
     
    How many pigeons does it take to code that?
     
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