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Google tapping into the invisible web

One of the most exciting Google announcements in recent months has to be how it is going about trying to find some of the hidden web. Google’s determination to index the world’s information sees it starting to submit data into web site forms and execute ‘submits’. For many sites the visibility of content that is only found through keyword search is highly limited, if not completely hidden. Google has announced that it has started a beta trial where it will start automatically submitting search terms into such forms, with the hope that it will generate results pages that will lead to URLs of content it has yet to index. Apparently the source of the terms it submits will initially be the pages from the site on which it finds the form. Also it is only going to try this initially on ‘high-quality’ sites, which presumably means ones with a great reputation and authority, as measured by the quality of links they enjoy.

(Filed in Blog, May 4th, 2008)