Can Experts Exchange be excluded from search results?

Friday, May 20th, 2011 Mattcutts Video Transcript

Here’s a fun question from Joshua Starr in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joshua asks “Is it possible to exclude Experts Exchange from search result? Why are they ranked so high, with such a spammy interface?”

Alright there are lots of different new answers to the answer to this question. We are not going to remove that Experts Exchange because they don’t violate our quality guidelines atleast they currently don’t and that they don’t cloak. Some people think that they do cloak but if you go in and look at the cash page you try to get an answer and then you click on the cash page and you go to the very bottom the content is there. So it’s not as if they are showing a different content to Googlebot than they are to users. If they did that would be a valid reason for removing Experts Exchange or any other site. However if you use search wiki you can remove Experts Exchange from individual queries and it’s not just for that one query we’ll often remove it from related queries. So if you really don’t like a particular URL or Experts Exchange or even the site you can click to remove that, do a search for them and remove and all that sort of stuff through search wiki. And we’ll try to learn overtime that you do not like Experts Exchange. Why are they ranking so high why don’t you take action and they look spammy? If they are not violating our quality guidelines, just because someone does or doesn’t like a website is not a good enough reason to take somebody out. We try to maintain that quote by vote tag I may not like what you said but I may but I’ll defend to the dare to the ability to say it. So, just because someone says something about something objectionable to us doesn’t mean we’ll remove them from our index. So whether you think its spammy is upto you and you can use search wiki but it doesn’t violate our quality guidelines we try to be very careful about that.  You don’t just remove a site just because you don’t like it for example it has to an actual violation of our quality guidelines or something like a legal removal or something like virus or malware changing those sorts of things, so you can still do it for yourself but unless something changes I don’t expect us to remove results.

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