(Obviously ALL Google search results are Hummingbird-impacted, but this one really caught my eye today as being odd. Maybe you agree?)
A couple times a year, I need to share a link with someone to an old article that I wrote here on SBSM:
The easiest way for me to get that URL is to do a Google search for “put down ranking reports.”
In the past, that query has produced results that are pretty much exclusively SEO-related. I did that search this morning, and got this:
As you can see, it’s an odd mix of football “rankings” that are being broken “down,” a couple journalism-related pages (i.e., US News college “rankings report”) and credit card “rankings” from Consumer “Reports” magazine. Oh, and my article is right there in middle.
That’s one of the strangest Google search results I’ve seen in a while — a total mishmash of mostly unrelated pages that use my query keywords in very different ways.
Take a look at where my four words show up in the top result (a Google News match):
Here’s the credit card page from Consumer Reports:
And this one might be the strangest match of all:
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t spend as much time analyzing Google SERPs now as I did when I was more active in doing hands-on SEO consulting, so I have to ask:
Are these search results weird to anyone but me?