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Friday, June 17th, 2005

Google API

I’m starting to get thoroughly discouraged about the usefulness of the Google API. I just ran a couple of tests. I searched for “greg perry” “san diego” using the Google API and got a ranking of 183 out of 483. That’s significantly lower than the previous 35 out of 594, but when you have a PageRank of zero you have to take what you can get. Since last time Google was picking up the search terms in a discussion of mine about using them, and that post has since moved off the front page of my blog, I have to assume that some consideration is given to how deep in the website hierarchy the terms are found when determining how relevant Google thinks your page is. As a matter of fact my SDF site showed up significantly higher in the same search – I spotted it in my debug printouts.

But then I ran a http search on Google and got entirely different results – 56 out of 732. I noticed before there was a small difference between the Google interface results and the API results, but this is ridiculous. It makes me think that the API, and therefore my program using the API, is worthless.

I’ll have to give some thought to this. I recently discovered how to use PHP to parse the results of URL’s. I was thinking of using it to pull my Host report out of my stats and run the IP addresses through a whois to make a more readable report. Now I’ll consider whether I should ditch the API approach for my Google Fame plugin and parse the search results from a http call to Google. If the code is economical, it would be a better idea, as the user would not have to sign up for an API key.

Posted by Greg as My Website, Programming at 14:28 PST

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