Trip to Google tomorrow

Ahh, I see someone is asking “why is the Windows Live Writer blog banned from Google?” They are talking about that over on Channel 9 too.

I doubt it’s banned. There are lots of reasons things don’t get into Google very highly. For one the search term isn’t in the title tag (which, for many searches, is more important than how many inbound links you have). For two someone notes that the HTML on Windows Live Spaces is giving lots of errors on the validators.

Anyway, tomorrow I’m gonna visit Matt Cutts at Google. He loves these kinds of questions. I’ll make sure he gets a good answer. I’ll be the guy wearing my “I’m not Matt Cutts” t-shirt. Just incase anyone gets us confused. Also on the calendar is the Calendar team. Meeting me there will be Scott Mace who runs the Calendarswamp blog. Should be an interesting day!

Comments

  1. Here’s a question I’d like answered (via C9):

    Posted by LaBomba // Wed, Aug 30, 2006 10:54 PM

    ´╗┐Search about Windows Live Spaces on google, you’ll find blogs external to Microsoft talking about Live Spaces, but you won’t find actual created Live Spaces in the results…

  2. Here’s a question I’d like answered (via C9):

    Posted by LaBomba // Wed, Aug 30, 2006 10:54 PM

    ´╗┐Search about Windows Live Spaces on google, you’ll find blogs external to Microsoft talking about Live Spaces, but you won’t find actual created Live Spaces in the results…

  3. The HTML generated by Spaces is likely not the reason. I could give you a hundred queries where Spaces show up at or near the top (like Maryam Scoble).

    Plus, I doubt the fact that Yahoo and MSN/Windows Live return the Writer blog in the #1 spot mean they have better HTML parsers than Google.

  4. The HTML generated by Spaces is likely not the reason. I could give you a hundred queries where Spaces show up at or near the top (like Maryam Scoble).

    Plus, I doubt the fact that Yahoo and MSN/Windows Live return the Writer blog in the #1 spot mean they have better HTML parsers than Google.

  5. Google goes through phases of accurately returning windows live spaces in their results. Up until shortly after the release of live spaces the results were as they are today (e.g. can’t find sh*t), but then the problem got fixed and once again results were the same as live or yahoo searches.

    Now it seems they’re broken again.

  6. Google goes through phases of accurately returning windows live spaces in their results. Up until shortly after the release of live spaces the results were as they are today (e.g. can’t find sh*t), but then the problem got fixed and once again results were the same as live or yahoo searches.

    Now it seems they’re broken again.

  7. [...] After the issue was picked up by Channel 9, and was then Scoblized, there was a lot of speculation about possible causes of the problem.  I’m actually very happy that the theories about this being an SEO issue turned out to be bogus.  While I can understand that SEO techniques have their uses for weighing one link better against another in generalized topic searches (say something like “WYSIWYG Blog Editor“), the idea that inadequate SEO could prevent a link as strongly tied to “Windows Live Writer” as the Writer Zone’s introductory blog post from even showing up in the results would make me seriously doubt the integrity of a search engine. [...]