[Air-L] Google Search Algorithms

Alex Halavais alex at halavais.net
Mon Apr 16 07:49:36 PDT 2012

It is a mystery! Seriously: how Google finds and ranks sites--no
matter what people tell you--is a closely guarded and frequently
changed secret.

That said, they might be interested in an article on PageRank:


There are a variety of lists of signals that Google probably, maybe,
could, almost certainly, might use out there on the web:

(I guess) http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/www.google.com/en/us/webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf

For a (somewhat dated) broad overview of how search engines do what
they do, perhaps:

Witten, Gori, & Numerico, Web Dragons: Inside the Myths of Search
Engine Technology, Morgan Kaufman, 2006.

For a even more accessible version (and also sadly a bit dated), I
might immodestly suggest the first chapter of:

Halavais, Search Engine Society, Polity, 2008.



On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM, Andrew Herman <aherman at wlu.ca> wrote:
> All Hail Fellow Aoiristas!
> I have some students who are looking for background reading on how the
> Google search algorithms work.  Any suggestions here would be most
> welcome.
> Thanks in advance,
> Andrew
> Andrew Herman, Ph. D.
> Associate Professor and Chairperson
> Department of Communication Studies
> Graduate Program in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory
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