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.
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.
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?