Google No Date/Timestamp Penalty

I read a very interesting post by  of seroundtable saying that he dislikes blogs and websites that don’t have timestamp with their posts. He was so annoyed with such bloggers and webmasters that he even demanded Google to penalize such blogs and sites. In his word:

I suggested that Google release a penalty for not having timestamps on blog posts or articles. Call it the Google No Date Penalty and slap this penalty down hard on bloggers who don’t have timestamps.

To add weight to his arguments quotes a tweet of Google’s John Mueller who also hate it.

I agree with him to some extent because this can’t happen with static websites having tutorials and guides like mine. Yes this is of course possible for the blogs and websites with daily updated content.

I want to request Bary to please exclude and excuse the websites that have static content. Well this was the lighter part of it, however the blogs and if possible websites should add at least dates with their posts so that people can get fresh content.

I am victim of this to because it happened number of times that on searching I found sites with years old content ranking high on SERPs. I am sure Google has sufficient resources to rank fresh content higher (of course where it is required).

If we load everybody in the same penalty boat then big sites with old static content like WiseGeek, and several others will be badly affected.

Anyhow it was a nice post to read and it has also inspired me that I must have dates with my blog posts respecting the human nature to always get fresh milk.

Wikipedia Will Have Its Own Search Engine

Wikimedia foundation is in the process of developing its own search engine for Wikipedia website and secured a grant of $2,50,000 from Knight Foundation for the project. The project known as Knowledge Engine project will turn the in to a search engine where users can search the required information right from their website.

According to the data Wikipedia is getting over 200 million search referrals per day from Google, Bing and other search engines. As a searcher if you search for some keyword on Google you will mostly see Wikipedia results at the top slots and if the same searches go to their website then it will surely have a negative impact on Google and other traditional search engines.

Entering in to search engine industry is the second try as Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales tried getting into search years ago with the launch of Wikia Search in 2008, but that service shut down just 14 months later.

People fond of Wikipedia will welcome its own search engine because they have to carry out a search process like, go to Google, and follow the Wikipedia link, read the content then come back to Google or Bing and search again. This exercise will end now and if Wikimedia Foundation is able to develop CirrusSearch (the name of their search engine) according to the peoples’ expectations then it will be a big service to the humanity of course.

There were news and rumors that Wikimedia is developing global crawler search engine that may threaten Google, Bing and other search engines. However the reports were denied by the Wikimedia Foundation and clarified its search-related intentions, saying it has no plans to build a search engine to crawl the web and compete with Google. Source

I as a general web surfer and searcher welcome the CirrusSearch project of Wikimedia Foundation because it will make the things easy and beneficial for the online community. The number of internet users is increasing at a rapid pace and the project will surely benefit the community.

As more people are struggling to have online presence such type of projects should be welcomed because dependency on the traditional search engines will reduce. The sense of healthy competition between the large companies will ultimately benefit the masses.

Rich Snippets Trend at Decline in Google

There was a time when everybody was after rich snippet, trying to get one in the search results. However with the tweet of Zineb from Google things may change significantly. Zineb who work as a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google tweeted in French that reads,  “enfin, nous essayons de ne pas trop “encombrer” les SERPs avec trop de sites avec RS. Du coup, vos critères sont à évaluer.”  Translation of which comes to, “Finally, we try to not “clutter” the SERPs with too many sites with RS. Suddenly, your criteria are to evaluate.”

If you see the search results of a search term particularly related to reviews then you will find several rich snippets, but the search result page often gave a cluttered look. Google has been reducing the number of rich snippets in the past few months and trying to show them only where necessary.

Due to the attractiveness and increased CTR, many webmasters and SEO consultants have devised several ways to manipulate the search results with adding stars and ratings with the rich snippet. However as we know that Google is always emphasizing on good user experience so this seems to be a good move to reduce the number of rich snippets to bare minimum.

As a regular searcher I strongly advocate that Google should only use rich snippets with search results after verifying the accuracy of it. Hhmm, not a daunting task for the search giant and it can easily develop some algorithm to get the things done.