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!

28 thoughts on “Trip to Google tomorrow

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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…

  6. 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…

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