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WTF Dept. Why is Digg in Google search results?
This one comes from the WTF Dept.
Update: this article made the Digg home page, except not from here. Search Engine Journal posted a snippit of this article plus a snippit of a counter argument from William Burn. You can read the comments on Digg. For some reason, the Digg community found this article "lame" but on SE Journal (with no new content) found it Digg home page worthy :)
Update Jan 3: I just added a new article about whether commenting should take place on Digg or on the actual article. Read it here
I just do not understand why Digg shows up in searches on Google. Don’t get me wrong. I think Digg is a good service and provides many sites with a good bit of traffic. For example, TechCrunch reported that 80% of the traffic to the site comes from Digg. (reported by Arrington in September 2006)
So why does Digg have better search results than the sites themselves in some cases? Because Digg has a higher rank within the Google system. But if you look at Digg, from a true standpoint, what does it really offer? It offers a link to the actual story, a 1-2 line overview of the story and sometimes comments from Digg users.
My belief is that this is not enough to warrant a listing in Google. Since at its most basic sense Digg only offers a link to the actual story, then that story should occupy that position within Google, not the Digg link. I believe content publishers actually lose the chance to see that visitor because the person has to click twice and even understand that they must do that. And I am talking about mainstream non-diggers now, not the group who already understands what Digg is for.
Here are a couple of searches which produced Digg results:
In closing I would say that I like Digg a lot for many reasons and hope to create "Digg-worthy" content everyday. But by removing Digg results from Google, we can get people to what they are really after quicker, the actual content.