Ever since Google started hinting towards IPO, they've been making changes to their algorithm. Has anyone noticed that searches have become increasingly commercial oriented, paticularly after the underwriting started? Case in point. I searched for remote access + linux http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=remote+access+%2B+linux and every link on the page essentially was a commercial site pointing towards GoToMyPc.com... I realize that there are various means of manipulating the algorithm, which has raised the ire of google advertisers: http://news.com.com/2100-1024_3-5107406.html?tag=st_rn but it just seems that regardless of the advertising links on the side bar, commercial interest results are become much more pervasive and pertinent results are harder to come by. Any one noticing a trend that Google is becomming more interested in re$ults then results?
You can always try FAST search, who run the site www.alltheweb.com. Its results are comparable with Google and in your case, probably better. See here: http://www.alltheweb.com/search?avkw=fogg&cat=web&cs=utf-8&q=remote+access+%2B+linux&_sb_lang=pref Also, as far as I know, Google's sponsored links are displayed distinctly on the right side. I doubt they would run the risk of tainting their results with unmarked sponsored links. Some sites can make their results appear high on the results list by taking advantage of Google's algorithm (that is, until Google tweaks it). My guess is that that's what's happening...
I agree that it's probably just people abusing the google system for their own commercial gain, those pages have little to do with google. The same thing happens if you search for a place name along with some service, or often some kind of product. instead of getting what you want all you end up with is long indexes.
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