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Feedster Allows Indexing of Its Search Results  (View post)

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, June 22, 2006
13 years ago2,307 views

Deciding whether that's spammy or not depends on how the spidered Feedster pages look like and whether the service depends solely on those results like many so called parasitical search engines do.
Well, Feedster is certainly not only depending on it's results being indexed, so that's fine. So we shall take a look whether there is something more offered by Feedster on those indexed pages than just noise and ads (like spammers do, just repeating already otherwise searched results).
Right now there are no ads, but I can't see any extra service being offered this way when I click on a search like "naughtyalysha".

Before I conclude whether that is spammy or not. let me bring in the example of Fireball, a traditional German search engine, a very good one when it started but that lost momentum after Google took over the German market:
Fireball had highly optimzed serach results being indexed by Google and guess what, I often clicked them, even the sponsored results because Fireball did indeed find good results often. Soon afterwards thow Fireball was banned doing that in Google (or stopped by itsself?) whereas parasitical search engines show up everywhere again and again.

So in this case I am also not sure whether Feedster should quit that method of supplying more quasi-content even when they do not add an extra value to it.
When Technorati would let it's searches be indexed it would certainly add some value for the searcher to find it, how many people link t it, daily search statistics and such.

Nico [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

It is not as bad as Furl's 302 hijacking:
google.com/search?q=site%3Awww ...
bytes.nfshost.com/2006/06/02/l ...

Pip [PersonRank 8]

13 years ago #

BTW: amazon.de does the same. I'm missing the noindex tag.

google.de/search?hl=de&q=t ...

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