Google Confirms The Leaked Search Documents Are Real

| Updated on May 31, 2024
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Google just confirmed that a bunch of their internal documents got leaked—we’re talking 2,500 of them. These docs are all about the data Google collects, and until today, they were super secretive about it.

These documents give us a peek into what Google is tracking and possibly using for its top-secret search ranking algorithm. It’s like getting a look behind the curtain of one of the most powerful systems on the web, even though it’s still kind of fuzzy.

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A Google spokesperson, Davis Thompson, chimed in via email, saying, “Don’t jump to conclusions about Search based on out-of-context, outdated, or incomplete info.” They’re saying they’ve already shared a lot about how search works and are trying to keep the results legit and unmanipulated.

This leak first came to light thanks to SEO esports Rand Fishkin and Mike King, who shared their initial thoughts on the docs earlier this week.

These docs suggest that Google might be using data they’ve claimed doesn’t affect search rankings, like clicks and Chrome user data. The documents are like an internal cheat sheet for Google employees, but it’s unclear what data actually influences search rankings – some info could be outdated or just for training

This leak is going to shake things up for SEO experts, marketers, and publishers. Google is usually super secretive about its algorithm, but these documents, along with some recent court testimony, shed a bit more light on what signals Google considers when ranking websites.

The way Google ranks search results is a big deal for anyone doing business online – from small bloggers to big online stores. This secrecy has spawned an entire industry of people trying to crack the code. Google’s vagueness hasn’t helped, but these leaked docs give us a bit more insight into what’s going on in the minds of the folks who basically run the web.

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