Google Getting More Tight Lipped?
Google has stopped displaying its number of indexed pages. One theory is because Yahoo recently announced they index 20 million pages, and another being is that people want more relevant results with less clutter. More indexed pages often means more fat the user has to trim away to find what they are actually seeking.
I myself get frustrated when I am searching for a product and its information, and all I can find are affiliate links. For instance, I was recently searching for a specific pair of Asic sneakers. I ended up with a million links to affiliates and non-relevant sites. I finally conceded defeat and visited Asics.com. Unfortunately, they no longer make the sneakers I sought, but it would be nice to find info about the ones I was looking for.
On a side note, I recently did a search in Google and noticed that they are indexing their own Search Blog results. Click here to see (2nd to last listing). I am undecided on whether this is right or wrong. On one hand, you have their own media taking up what could be a relevant listing, and on the other hand, it could very well lead you to a relevant site or blog. You be the judge, but I would love to hear some thoughts on the matter.