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Why does Google search bring unrelated sites?
March 19, 2004 3:28 PM   Subscribe

Why does a Google search for "logo" turn up a bunch of sites that don't even contain the word "logo"? They seem to be just all the major sites - sourceforge, ibm, apple, etc... I'm looking for the Logo that features programmable turtles - e.g. The Logo Foundation.
posted by badstone to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
 
Check out starlogo
posted by rks404 at 3:56 PM on March 19, 2004


i'm familiar with StarLogo and NetLogo and the like. Was just saying, a search for "logo" doesn't work, and I thought Google was smarter than that. I'm guessing it's finding the alt-text for the logo images on those pages.
posted by badstone at 3:58 PM on March 19, 2004


I imagine the reason is many pages link to those sites using logo buttons and the word "logo" in their alt text. ("logo programming language" and "logo turtle" bring up many hits relevant to what you're looking for.)
posted by teg at 4:30 PM on March 19, 2004


Also apple and IBM have hihgly regarded logos so wneh people are discussing logos they link to apple and IBM
posted by Mick at 4:35 PM on March 19, 2004


It's not in the alt text of images - there are either no or very few instances of "logo" text in the source code of the main pages. It's more likely other people linking to their sites, like Mick says.
posted by rhapsodie at 5:02 PM on March 19, 2004


sorry, I didn't understand your question.
posted by rks404 at 7:42 PM on March 19, 2004


badstone, I work for one of the companies that you probably see in the sponsored links when you do that search (Logoworks), and we'd love to know the answer to that question. We've been doing everything honest to try and break into several relevant searches (and even considering, if rejecting, dishonest search-goosing tactics). We're not at all fly-by-night or even new -- we've been around for three years and have serious sales volumes, serious revenue, rent serious office space, etc. And eventually, I've come to the conclusion that Google is simply broken for certain search terms and even some domains (try searching for actual information on health supplements sometime, for example).

It's a great tool, but it's definitely imperfect. This is one strong example.
posted by weston at 11:04 PM on March 19, 2004


When you ask Google for its cache, it tells you whether the word you asked for appears on the page you requested. Example.
posted by trharlan at 1:04 AM on March 20, 2004


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