Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by swi7ch, Nov 28, 2012.
They r alway so freakin sneaky
This is actually not that surprising .. one of the fundamental pieces of technology that underpins all the big Web Tech companies (Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Facebook etc.) is "algorithms", more specifically "machine learning algorithms". These work-horses of computer science & statistics are marvellous things but on their own they are not perfect.
Some of the best techniques are called "supervised machine learning algorithms" and these are reliant on having operators (hoomins) to "train" them. Take Spam for example, every time you click the [Spam] button in your email, you are training a supervised machine learning algorithm somewhere in Googles data centers. There are literally millions of users "training" their spam algorithms.
When it comes to doing this for the web, they need someone to "train" the algorithms. My guess is that Google is using these crowd-sourced people to tag sites as Pron, Spam etc. With all this training data its very easy to assess whether a never-before seen site is spam or not based on its similarity to other sites in the "Spam" bucket.
When I 1st join the site more than a year ago I think, they actually had the ratings document posted here. I also once filled out a lionsbridge application and was accepted but I decided not to take the offer, I was curious to see what they rated but decided against it.
I read the manual when it was "leaked" a year ago. Most of it was basic details of how to tell whether a website was valuable or not. Unfortunately, there was nothing new in it. You really think Google would give "home workers" the keys to their ranking algorithm?
My guess is it was just a way for Google to test their algorithm's accuracy against the opinion of real people.
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