QuickReaction – reaction

I actually like doing this kind of post but it appears they get less views and definitely less likes than other types so one might conclude this is a bad blogging technique. Now given each is many different subjects and thus potentially mostly not interesting to readers this makes sense, but one expectation I had was that the multi-topic style, meaning many different keywords, would actually trigger more search hits but that doesn’t appear to happen.

This is curious to me since I worked on exactly this issue years ago when I was building a news.google equivalent (before Google did it). The interesting issue we had then was how to spot multi-topic vs single-topic articles. Multi-topic messes up any auto-classification algorithms so potentially they should be eliminated, esp. as our system “learned” and thus there would be a feedback loop due to misclassified articles. The trick, and perhaps Google does this, is to detect that there are multiple discontiguous term sets (not a term set that combines the terms). That’s tricky on relatively short articles (easier as the article gets longer). So I’m guessing that perhaps it’s simpler, my term set (for any particular topic I discuss) is “smeared out” by the other term sets and thus Google just decides the article isn’t very specific (focused) and thus reduces its relevancy (many search algorithms use term sets to classify, but also anti-terms).

Anyway I’ll continue doing multi-topic articles simply because I want to and if these are less popular so be it.


About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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2 Responses to QuickReaction – reaction

  1. Nona says:

    I think if you put the title of the article in your post instead of just “article”, I may be inclined more to use the link. I read your opinion, but not always 100% sure of what caught your eye to begin with. Just a suggestion.

    • dmill96 says:

      Good idea but I’m probably too lazy to do this consistently. However, providing more context instead of immediately with the zing (as the link) probably would help.

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