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April 19, 2004

GoogleGuy Says Stop


Importance: Site News

GoogleGuy has requested that I stop posting his comments on this site.

This site will continue (more info below).

I started this site about 11 months ago, to provide an easy and convenient way for people to hear comments made by an anonymous Google employee, known as GoogleGuy. GoogleGuy was posting useful information in a very busy discussion forum. At times, his comments were the only valuable ones to read, and I found myself scrolling endlessly trying to locate his comments. The search tool provided on the forums was extremely poor, not helpful at all for located the comments of a particular member. I thought about recording them privately for future reference, but I realized that others were likely in the same position as me. So I decided to post them publicly, so others could benefit. It turns out that I was right, as thousands of people from around the world began to use the site as resource for Google information.

The owner of the forums was not happy with this site. He made a number changes to the forum site to make it difficult for me. In doing so, he also made it even more difficult for forum members to find GoogleGuy's comments in the forums. Of course, these ill-advised tactics made this site the only reasonable way to locate GoogleGuy's comments, and the traffic to this site increased significantly (Thanks, Brett! :)) To this date, I don't understand why he view this site as a threat -- it provided links and traffic, enhancing the poor search and filtering features of the forums.

From the beginning, I said that I would stop if GoogleGuy made such a request. Though he certainly learned of this site days after it was launched, he did not make any reference to it in his comments, nor did I ever receive an communication directly from him or indirectly from any of his colleagues at Google. For 11 months and over 1,000 forum posts, GoogleGuy said nothing about this site. Based on this silence, I assumed he was okay with me providing an easy way for people to learn hear comments about Google. About a week ago, in a thread about "Google Under Siege", that changed. Suddenly, GoogleGuy requested that I stop posting his comments to this site. So I will live up to my word, and the format of this will change.

Why GoogleGuy suddenly make this request after 11 months and 1,000 posts? He didn't explain the reason. All I can offer is pure speculation, which may be "way off the mark", perhaps:

-my commentary was too critical of Google?
-the current pressure on Google (relating to privacy concerns) is a factor?
-he wants to silence me prior to the Google IPO

I really don't know, but he did sound "annoyed". Feel free to add you own speculation in the discussion for this entry.

If GoogleGuy changes his mind - and I hope that he does - I will begin to post his comments here again. Perhaps he was just frustrated when he posted his request. Perhaps he will decide that easier access to his comments is a good thing for Webmasters and Google alike. If you would like GoogleGuy to reconsider, please voice your opinion in the discussion for this entry, on your own sites, blogs, etc. You can also try posting your opinions in the WMW forums, but you are likely to be censored if you do.

New Format

I will continue to report and comment on significant comments made by GoogleGuy. I will not include entire posts verbatim, but I may quote a few sentences here and there. This will actually improve this site, by focusing only the seemingly significant (or controversial) statements made by GoogleGuy. In short the new format is "more commentary, less quote". As I have always said in the past, my commentary is my own opinion, which some may disagree with. Going forward, I may continue to be "way off the mark" at times, and I encourage open discussion and debate as always. This format will likely take 2 forms:

1) A Weekly Report - summarizing signifcant comments each week
2) Short Articles - focusing on particularly notable comments

As always, I appreciate any and all feedback. What direction do you think this site should take? What features would you like to see?

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March 14, 2004

Toggle New Google Look


Importance: Site News

This is very cool. Here is a bookmarket that you can use to "turn on" the new Google Look that Google has been testing:

1. Drag the following link to you "Links" toolbar (IE) or add to your favorites:

toggle google look

2. Go to Google.com.

3. Click on the link on your toolbar (or access it from your favorites).

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March 11, 2004

New Design for GoogleGuy Says


Importance: Site News

Note: This entry is not related to a quote from GoogleGuy

GoogleGuy Says has been redesigned. I hope that you will find the new design easier to read. The forums and discussion pages have been improved considerably, with wider tables for discussion threads. Let me know what you think of the new design (and if you find any bugs!).

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January 19, 2004

SERPs


Importance: Site News

This entry does not relate to a quote by GoogleGuy.

This is just an experiment and entry into an SEO SERPS competition. The goal is to see who can rank the highest for the search query "SERPS" (new pages only. For more information about the serps competition, click here.

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December 3, 2003

GoogleGuy on the Florida Google Update


Importance: Site News

Note: This message is not related to a specific quote from GoogleGuy

I returned from a two week vacation (honeymoon) a few days ago to learn that major Google Update occured soon after I left. I know that many people visitied this site looking for GoogleGuy's comments on the update, only to find messages from early November. I have now added most (but not all) of GoogleGuy's comments on the Florida update. Most of these comments occured on the first few days of the update: Nov. 15, Nov. 16, and Nov. 17 (follow the preceding links to see the comments from each day). These include all of GoogleGuy's comments from the main update thread. I know that there are messages that I have not added yet to this site - I will try to add those in the coming days.

That said, it would be a mistake to consider only GoogleGuy's comments in order to assess this update. A theory, now wide-accepted, was presented by Kackle, that Google has implemented an "over-optimization" filter that seems to be targetting a limited number of search queries, mostly commercial in nature. Basically, for these queries, highly optimized sites are subjected to a filter which drops them significantly in the rankings for those queries. To test if your targetted search queries are affected, visit Scroogle.

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September 30, 2003

Child Sponsorship Donation


Importance: Site News

This message is not related to a quote from GoogleGuy

I have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from my blogs and web sites to charity. I have sponsered Hama, a 9 year-old boy from Niger, Africa. My monthly sponsorship donation contributes to the building of wells, medical clinics, schools, and more. Hama from Niger, Africa

I think that everyone who earns a little money from their web sites should donate a portion of that money to charity. Bloggers and webmasters can make a difference. I encourage other to do the same - and to spread the word to others. Bloggers and Webmasters have a loud collective voice. Together we can use that voice to make a difference in the world.

You can sponsor a child like Hama for about $1 a day. Can you afford $1 a day? Click here to visit Plan International and choose your country of origin in the yellow box on the right side of the page. If you are in the United States, click here. Please sponsor a child like Hama and then be sure to mention it on your blog or web site. Also, you can place a small photo of your sponsored child on the side of your page, along with information to encourage others to donate. Bloggers and webmasters can make a difference in many ways - I think that this is one of the most important ways of all.

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September 25, 2003

Email notifications added


Importance: Site News

This message is not related to a quote from GoogleGuy or AdWordsAdvisor

I have added email notifications to the discussions on this site. When posting a reply in the forum, check the "subscribe" box and you will receive subsequent replies via email.

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August 12, 2003

Guest Forum - start your own discussions


Importance: Site News

This message is not related to a quote from GoogleGuy or AdWordsAdvisor

I have added a Guest Forum to this site. Unlike the main forum, in the guest forum, you can start your own topic threads. Of course, if you want to discuss GoogleGuy's comments, it makes most sense to reply to the entry that contains those comments.

What can you post in the Guest Forum? Whatever you want. It's a bit of an experiment - we'll see how it goes. I read a suggestion recently for a public site where webmasters can post their opinions about SERPs that they believe are spammy. If you want to use the Guest Forum for that purpose, feel free. If there is enough interest, I can create a separate area for that purpose.

You don't need to become a 'member' to post messages or replies. You can post anonymously if you want. You can use an alias or a nickname or your real name - it's up to you. Feel free to include relevant links to SERPs or to your own sites.

Try it out. To start a new topic, click here.

As always, I'm open to any and all suggestions or feedback.

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Guest Forum - start your own discussions


Importance: Site News

This message is not related to a quote from GoogleGuy or AdWordsAdvisor

I have added a Guest Forum to this site. Unlike the main forum, in the guest forum, you can start your own topic threads. Of course, if you want to discuss GoogleGuy's comments, it makes most sense to reply to the entry that contains those comments.

What can you post in the Guest Forum? Whatever you want. It's a bit of an experiment - we'll see how it goes. I read a suggestion recently for a public site where webmasters can post their opinions about SERPs that they believe are spammy. If you want to use the Guest Forum for that purpose, feel free. If there is enough interest, I can create a separate area for that purpose.

You don't need to become a 'member' to post messages or replies. You can post anonymously if you want. You can use an alias or a nickname or your real name - it's up to you. Feel free to include relevant links to SERPs or to your own sites.

Try it out. To start a new topic, click here.

As always, I'm open to any and all suggestions or feedback.

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July 31, 2003

Search GoogleGuy Says


Importance: Medium

This entry is not related to a quote from GoogleGuy.

Based on several requests, I have added a search feature to GoogleGuy Says. You can use the search box on the left side of the home page, or use the Advanced Search page for more options. Search results are sorted in reverse-chronological order by default (there is no GGRank algorithm at play here). Enjoy!

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July 29, 2003

AdWordsAdvisor Says category added


Importance: Low

This entry does not relate to a quote from GoogleGuy

I have added an "AWA" tab to this site, which will show quotes from another Google employee in the forums, AdWordsAdvisor (Click here to read GoogleGuy's introduction of AWA). AdWordsAdvisor quotes will also appear on the main page, labeled accordingly. The RSS feed for the AWA category can be found here. As always, feedback and suggestion are appreciated.

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July 25, 2003

Comments and suggestions on AdWords


Importance: Site News

AdWordsAdvisor thanks GoogleGuy and members for comments and suggestions in this thread about the new AdWords interface.
AdWordsAdvisor Says: [Link to quote]
Thanks for jumping in a few posts earlier GoogleGuy - nice to see you in this Forum again!

I join GoogleGuy in saying that I hope you will continue to let us know what you think. I'm happy to see all the positive comments, and the suggestions for improvement as well.

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June 23, 2003

Forum view added


Importance: High

This entry is not a quote from GoogleGuy

I have added a forum view to this site. Only entries with comments are shown in this view, which is sorted with the most recent first, just like most discussion forums. This view makes it easy to monitor recent discussions / analysis speculation about GoogleGuy messages. To start a new discussion, just click the "Discussion" link at the bottom of each entry. Click here to view the forum.

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June 19, 2003

Sites in the new index should stick


Importance: Site News

GG responds to member, saying that while fluctuations will likely occur, sites showing in the index should stick.
GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]
dazzlindonna, I think if sites show up in the new index, they're quite likely to stick. I would still expect to see fluctuations over time to some degree, but sites that show up in the index shouldn't drop out very much, if at all. Now you may see some pages do better or worse for individual searches, but the sites themselves should stay in the index.

Two nice posts from mrbrad and Beachboy. I'm ducking out while the getting is good and catching up on the sleep I missed last night. :)

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June 15, 2003

New Google index not final


Importance: Site News

GG says he wouldn't call the new index final just yet. Link to quote
GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]
UK_Web_Guy, an index update can still bring some flux with it, so I wouldn't call the results final just yet. I thought about telling the one poster how to check their PageRank at www-fi, but reconsidered, just because there can be changes before the update is complete. It's probably better for most people to wait until the index switchover is complete. Then at least if you're expert enough to do it yourself, you also have enough perspective to bear in mind that things can change some before the index switchover is final. :)

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