The most interesting document from the DOJ trial for SEO professionals is the Testimonial of Pandu Nayak and the rebuttal of Professor Douglas W. Oard, providing great insights into how search works.
Testimonial of Pandu Nayak
Pandu talks about multiple ranking components such as Navboost, RankBrain, DeepRank and RankembedBERT. Testimonial of Pandu Nayak
Rebuttal Testimony of Professor Douglas W. Oard
The Rebuttal Testimony of Professor Douglas W. Oard shows some explanation of what each component is and what data it uses.
United States, et al. v. Google LLC
The United States, et al. v. Google LLC presentation offers a very good introduction to how search works, introduces the concept of Head, tail, but most interesting to me “Torso” queries. Also talks about how General Search Work and give example of user behaviour data being tracked.
Eric Lehman Presentation about Clicks
This presentation by Eric Lehman shows great insights into how clicks are used in search.
Life of a Click (user-interaction)
Very much redacted of the Life of a Click presentation, still shows some user behaviour signals. Life of a Click document.
Ranking for Research
The Ranking for Research presentation shows multiple metrics that are used to evaluate search quality.
Eric Lehman’s Testimony
Eric Lehman’s Testimony describe the use of clicks in ranking, navboost, freshness.
The ranking newsletter offers insights into how search engine views query search intents and how it differs between Desktop and Mobile. See ranking newsletter.
Google is Magical
Google is Magical shows additional user interaction signals.
Logging & Ranking
Logging & Ranking shows the events that are logged in Google search.
Q4 Search All Hands (2016)
Eric Lehman presentation on ranking is found in the Q4 search all hands document.
Email From Danny Sullivan
The email from Danny Sullivan shows how long Google keeps data (6-18 months) and give some example related to personalisation.
List of Top Search Queries Ordered by Revenue in the US
An email from Jerry Dischler to Prabhajar Raghavan was made public during the DOJ trial, giving a insight into top search terms by revenue.
Bullet-Points Presentation to Sundar
The Bullet-Points Presentation to Sundar shows this information:
Google Experiment Comparing Bing and Google
The Desktop Search Comparative Research was interesting on How Google experimented on comparing with Bing.
Email: Search Lingo
Email by Apple’s John Giannandrea explaining search lingo.
Microsoft Presentation on Success in Search
Few slides on how Microsoft view success in search. (Document)
Other Somewhat Interesting Documents
- Google 2019 Commercial OKR
- Prof. Antonio Rangel Presentation on Search Engine Defaults
- On Strategic Value of Default Home Page to Google
- Single slide on result previews and language understanding – Search Quality all hands 2018
- Bing Vs Google Analysis Email
- Google Search Ads 101
- Slide showing google Market Share
- Neeva presentation of the future of search
- Google Antitrust basics for search teams
- Email chain between Paul Haahr, Danny Sullivan, Pandu Nayak and Eric Lehman
Again, check out Natzir’s interpretation of Google architecture linked at the start of this article.
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