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Google delists Israeli jobs site

Search giant drops Israel's Alljobs from its index, after it apparently tried to artificially boost ratings. 'We cannot tolerate websites trying to manipulate search results,' says Google

Ehud Kenan
Published: 12.14.07, 11:10 / Israel Business

The Israeli job search site Alljobs has been dropped from Google's search results: The popular search engine no longer lists the jobsite, neither on its English version, nor on its Hebrew one.


Alljobs has been dropped from the search engine's results altogether: Entering searchwords such as "work" or "job", or the site's URL (Uniform Resource Locator) in Google, all give the same result – nothing.


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Google's search engine is supported by a large database, which is updated on a daily basis and contains billions of sites. The site's robots analyze webpages and their ratio, and determine each site's place on the index, its importance and available serchwords.


Uri Breitman, who first reported the removal on his blog, said that according to a scan made with Yahoo's Site Explorer, Alljobs is linked from 155,000 webpages – a relatively high score compared to rivaling sites. 


According to estimates, Google may have assumed this was an artificial attempt to boost Alljobs' ratings, prompting the search engine to temporarily penalize the site. 

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According to estimates, Google may have assumed this was an artificial attempt to boost Alljobs' ratings, prompting the search engine to temporarily penalize the site.


Google has always maintained that its index results are determined by specially-designed software and that the process is completely automatic, but its disclaimer does cite that "while we're always working to include more content in Google, sites can occasionally fall out of our search results."


Nevertheless, in the rare occasions when Google detects extreme cases where a site tampers with its ratings, it does intervene. In February 2006, for example, the search engine suspended BMW's search results for several days, after suspecting ratings tampering.


"We've contacted Google and explained this misunderstanding," Alljobs told Ynet. "Both sides are communicating and we are sure the matter will be corrected shortly."


Google offered the following: "We can confirm that has been removed from our search results. We never comment on the specifics of individual cases but we would stress that: The quality of our index and search results is of the utmost importance to Google.


"We cannot tolerate websites trying to manipulate search results as we aim to provide users with the relevant and objective search results. Google may temporarily or permanently ban any site or site authors that engage in tactics designed to distort their rankings or mislead users in order to preserve the accuracy and quality of our search results."


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