Re: Google "related" search bias?by themage (Friar)
|on Jan 17, 2007 at 13:58 UTC||Need Help??|
I think that this may be a consequence of perl community being so closed and of most of the biggest perl related sites use user unfriendly URLs. The true is that most of us are not web experts, and most don't want to be, so we make funcional web sites, but with very hurtful SEO mistakes.
NOTE: I don't say that we must be Search Engine directed, and that our website users must be put after search engines.
What I'm saying is that won't hurt anyone if some things were taken into account. Some times we are even elitists and/or take uninformed decisions.
Some other great perl resources (like perlmonks.(org|net|com)) don't even allow search engines to crawl and index them.
Add all of that and you have a big perl community that is not indexed by search engines and, therefore, is not taken into account when showing related searchs.
Taking PerlMonks.org (i like it more), what could be improved (with just a quick look):
Mostly, the site structure is pretty nice, it is nevagable, everything we could want is at hand. This is an awful (and wonderfully) big perl site, with everything any webmaster could need.
Some times we look at SEO related topics as a way to improve the money problogger (or so called) earn from their blogs and sites, but it is a way to improve targeted trafic to a site, and that can be "monetized" anyway the site owners like. We can use the extra trafic to take perl to other starting programming, and those who know little perl.
This is a site with pagerank 7 and, as other sites like this, that could help relate perl to a lot of other keywords, including tutorial, sql, web, ...
Time is what we make of it, and even if I have little of that, I can help improve this site (without touching the contents, that are what make this site important and relevant) to make it crawled and more crawlable.
Only making more perl related sites crawlable and more conformant with Search Engines Guidelines we can put more perl in the search results and other relevant keywords in the related searchs.