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Google Adds Promote and Remove Buttons to Search Results

It’s past midnight and just as I begin to think I should get some sleep, I get word of this:

Promote And Remove Buttons In Google at Cre8asiteforums.

Google’s “JohnMu” weighs in on the discussion at Cre8asiteforums.

Sooo, yes. I took screen shots. I can move my own web site up and down my SERPS pages.

From Google SearchWiki Launches, Lets You Build Your Own Search Results Page

SEO Implications?

Google emphasizes that changes made in the SearchWiki interface will have no impact on the traditional ranking of web pages. If you put your own site in the 1st position for your primary keywords, you’re the only Google user who’ll see your site at the top of the rankings. Your site will, however, be included when users click the “See all notes for this SearchWiki” link at the bottom of the page; that link leads to another page that shows what results other users have re-ordered, removed, or added.

Still, Dupont didn’t completely rule out the possibility that user data from SearchWiki may someday impact regular search rankings.

From Google’s official announcement:

The changes you make only affect your own searches. But SearchWiki also is a great way to share your insights with other searchers. You can see how the community has collectively edited the search results by clicking on the “See all notes for this SearchWiki” link.

Sooo, what’s to stop someone from purposely trying to deflate rankings by feeding into these search results?


  1. November 21, 2008    

    Sooo, what’s to stop someone from purposely trying to deflate rankings by feeding into these search results?

    You mean aside from the abundance of moral fortitude that is so prevalent in the SEO community…?

    Well, nothing, I guess. :D

  2. November 21, 2008    


    Google stock price goes under $300 and what I do with my own SERPS is being fed into Google’s crystal ball.

    This is making me grumpy.

  3. November 22, 2008    

    dont let this make you grumpy. i would be far more concerned with chrome and how this will make you feel! it has HUGE impacts on seo.

  4. November 23, 2008    

    So long as people understand that it only effects their own view when they’re looking at Google, I don’t see it as a problem. It might be a good way for Google to identify problem sites too – provided a human being actually looks at a site that gets a lot of ‘remove’ votes, before penalising it. I’m sure they won’t over-use it, as it’s rather open to abuse if they did!

  5. November 25, 2008    

    It will be time before we see the real implications. If the information collected is used to modify the serps, then it will be open to wide spread abuse!

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