Google: Not as expansive as we think

18 May
2007

The iBegin Weather Widget is doing pretty damn good, already on 100+ pages (more on that for a future post). But what is amazing is that while a lot of new sites are using it (ie < 6 months old), but that Google doesn't know that most of them even exist (site:domain.com yields nothing). I'm talking about an eclectic mix - school pages, personal pages (both ISP hosted and university hosted), real estate pages, and even municipal pages (eg police department).

If in only 8 days I have come across dozens and dozens of pages that don’t ‘exist’ (in Google … or any of the other SEs for that matter) – how much of the web isn’t found? I’m not even talking about semi-confusing sites with frames and redirects – these are straight-up extremely simple HTML pages.

Perfect time to remind that unique content is not enough – promoting it is equally (if not more) important.

3 Responses to Google: Not as expansive as we think

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Colin

May 18th, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Hey Ahmed, lovin’ the widget for my website, but I wish I could get better results on a mobile browser when visiting weather.ibegin.com directly from my Blackberry… any help on the way there?
Also, I noticed a bit of a bug(?) this morning when checking the weather for the day… It gave me the ‘current’ conditions (ie:chilly) and the forecast (highs/lows) for the next six days (handy!) but it didn’t tell me what the expected high for today was!

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Ahmed

May 18th, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Glad you like it Colin :)

Ala mobile – we are spending more time looking at it more closely. None of our properties on iBegin do well with mobile, and we need to fix them. So definitely on the list, with weather at the top.

As for today – not a bug – we just haven’t implemented it. Within the next 48 hours we fully intend on incorporating high/low under the current conditions (in our zeal to be as simplistic as possible we forgot it).

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Anthony

May 19th, 2007 at 5:08 am

I’ve always theorized that over 50% of the web isn’t getting found. Obviously just crazy guess out of thin air but the problem you mentioned is something I notice quite a bit with our country specific blog search engine currently powered by Google Co-op.

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