Google is Suboptimal
Let me give you some background first ...
[javac] BUILD FAILED: file:C:/[ECLIPSE_DIR]/workspace/[PROJECT_DIR]/build.xml:32: Unable to find a javac compiler;
So I did a search on Google. Nothing useful. I did some digging and finally found the answer. I thought other people might appreciate the answer so I blogged it. From my hit counter I noticed I was getting about 30 people a day with the same problem, reading my solution. Great -- I'm helping people and Google was the vehicle.
Nuh uh, says Google. As soon as the blog post left my main page, it left Google's index. Gone completely. Not on page 100, just gone. There was even a direct link to that post on my Recent Entries list (until this post because the list only holds 10) and Google still didn't find it.
The funny thing is that the next time Google scans this index page people will be able to Google for the problem again because I reproduced the error text on this post. Sheesh.
So what is Google up to? Do they know my site is a MoveableType blog and they are ignoring my entire archive (which is linked off the index)? Is this their way of reducing "blognoise"? If it is, it's not working too well. Even people that want to find REAL help from a blog can't find it anymore and strangely my index is still in the Google index and still blognoise. I understand that blog noise is a big problem but this is no way to fix it.
My mission isn't to crap on Google -- I love Googling. I just want them to know something is definitely wonky. If you need motivation to fix it, how's this: The MSN search doesn't filter my blog archives and people can find the Star Wars kid. Wait, is that a good thing? :)Posted at June 15, 2003 at 10:39 PM EST
Last updated June 15, 2003 at 10:39 PM EST