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Google Now Defaults to Not Indexing Your Content

Vincent Schmalbach: “…The New Reality – Selective Indexing: This brings us to the current state of affairs: Google is no longer trying to index the entire web. In fact, it’s become extremely selective, refusing to index most content. This isn’t about content creators failing to meet some arbitrary standard of quality. Rather, it’s a fundamental change in how Google approaches its role as a search engine. From my experience, Google now seems to operate on a “default to not index” basis. It only includes content in its index when it perceives a genuine need. This decision appears to be based on various factors:

  • Extreme content uniqueness: It’s not enough to write about something that isn’t extensively covered. Google seems to require content to be genuinely novel or fill a significant gap in its index.
  • Perceived authority: Sites that Google considers highly authoritative in their niche may have more content indexed, but even then, it’s not guaranteed.
  • Brand recognition: Well-known brands often see most of their content indexed, while small or unknown bloggers face much stricter selectivity.
  • Temporary indexing and de-indexing: In practice, Google often indexes new content quite quickly, likely to avoid missing out on breaking news or important updates. Soon after, Google may de-index the content, and it remains de-indexed thereafter. So getting initially indexed isn’t necessarily a sign that Google considers your content valuable.

I’ve observed this shift firsthand. In the past, when I set up a new domain, it would be indexed within an hour or faster, sometimes in seconds. This was true even for brand new domains with no mentions anywhere and no backlinks. When I searched for the title of one of those brand new blog posts or some unique sentence from the article, it would be right there on the first Google page. Now, for each piece of content, Google decides if it’s worth indexing, and more often than not, the answer seems to be “no.” They might index content they perceive as truly unique or on topics that aren’t covered at all. But if you write about a topic that Google considers even remotely addressed elsewhere, they likely won’t index it. This can happen even if you’re a well-respected writer with a substantial readership…

Google has transformed from a comprehensive search engine into something more akin to an exclusive catalog. For users, it means that the information they’re looking for might exist but remain undiscoverable through Google.”

Overcoming Hurdles And Shaping The Future Of Legal Tech In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

Above the Law – Legal professionals are confronted with challenges such as technological barriers, ethical concerns, and evolving legal frameworks and regulations, by Iman Badri. “One of the cornerstones of the United States’ (US) legal system is stare decisis, a principle established in the early 1800s. Stare decisis mandates that courts and judges should uphold… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Large Language Models, and Law

Surden, Harry, ChatGPT, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Large Language Models, and Law (March 31, 2024). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 92, 2024, Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4779694  – “This Article explores Artificial Intelligence (AI) Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT/GPT-4, detailing the advances and challenges in applying AI to law. It first explains how these AI technologies work… Continue Reading

Quick Claude Artifacts Use Case

Brainyacts – “Today, I want to show you a cool and simple use case for Anthropic’s Claude 3.5 model and its incredible ability to generate dynamic graphics and other elements. In the short video below, I demonstrate how a simple prompt can create a sophisticated simulation illustrating the interaction between worked hours, billing realization, and… Continue Reading

How to avoid falling for misinformation and conspiracy theories

Washington Post [unpaywalled] – There’s a flood of real, misleading and fake breaking news and information online. Proceed with caution: “Anyone with an internet connection can watch breaking news unfold in real time, or at least some version of it. Across social media, posts can fly up faster than most fact-checkers and moderators can handle,… Continue Reading

Governing in the Age of AI: A New Model to Transform the State

Governing in the Age of AI: A New Model to Transform the State is a joint report by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and Faculty.”…In this report, we describe an AI-enabled model of government in which every citizen has their own digital public assistant to help manage their relationship with the government, freeing… Continue Reading

(Almost) 200 Years of News-Based Economic Sentiment

(Almost) 200 Years of News-Based Economic Sentiment Jules H. van Binsbergen, Svetlana Bryzgalova, Mayukh Mukhopadhyay & Varun Sharma – Working Paper 32026. DOI 10.3386/w32026  Issue Date January 2024. “Using text from 200 million pages of 13,000 US local newspapers and machine learning methods, we construct a 170-year-long measure of economic sentiment at the country and state… Continue Reading

Fake Local News Sites Tracker: 1,268 Sites and Counting

“In June 2024, NewsGuard reported that so-called pink slime websites — sites posing as independent news outlets but secretly funded by partisan groups — now outnumber daily newspapers in the U.S. Below, we track the spread of pink slime websites, as compared to Northwestern Local News Initiative’s count of daily newspapers. (Northwestern’s tracker was last… Continue Reading

TikTok Content Farms Use AI Voiceovers to Mass-Produce Political Misinformation

“In September 2023, NewsGuard identified what appeared to be the first of its kind: a network of 17 TikTok accounts using AI text-to-speech software to create videos advancing conspiracy theories about celebrities, amassing hundreds of millions of views. Now, the phenomenon appears to be growing and shifting its focus to politics. NewsGuard has identified 41… Continue Reading