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What Does Google Have Against Me?

In the last year or so, I have discovered that Google Search refuses to recognize some of my posts from this blog.  For example, in 2013, I wrote a post for this blog entitled Separating Legislative and Executive Power.  If one puts in the title of the post, my last name, and Liberty Law Blog into Google, the post does not come up.  By contrast, if one puts those same search terms into the Bing search engine, the post comes up at the top of the list.

This is not merely true of this one blog post.  It is true of many of my posts.  For another example, if one searches for another of my posts, Combining Executive and Judicial Power, using the same method, Google turns up nothing.  But Bing brings the post to the top of the list.

I can’t give you a list of all of the posts that have been excluded by Google, but I noticed the issue gradually over the last year or so, and I am confident there are at least 10, and for all I know, there could be many more – I haven’t searched.

But it is not as if Google excludes all of my posts.  And in fact, the searches that do not turn up the post I am seeking actually turn up other of my Liberty Law Blog posts.

I also do not believe the content can explain why the posts were excluded.  These posts do not seem more controversial than other posts I write.

One might wonder whether this peculiarity of my blogging is of general interest.  And perhaps it is not.  There may be an innocent or uninteresting explanation.  Still, the power of Google to guide us in certain directions is, of course, of enormous importance, as is the way it which its secret algorithm does so.  That Bing works in the expected manner, but Google does not, seems worthy of some attention.

I am baffled by this.  Does anyone have an explanation?

Update: Here is an update in response to some of the commentators.  One commentator stated that the problem was that I had included the term Liberty Law Blog among my search terms, claiming this is not the name of the site.  It is true that Liberty Law Site is the name on the URL, but the name of the blog is Liberty Law Blog and Google shows that name when you do a search for it.  In any event, it would be pretty inefficient if Google let that type of issue prevent one from seeing the correct result.

More significantly, if I just put Rappaport and Separating Legislative and Executive Power into Google, the post does not come up.  (In contrast, to the result gotten by one of the commentators.)  It should be enough to put the author and exact title of the blog post into Google to get the result, but apparently not.

Again, I am not sure what is going on.  This may just be a minor glitch and mean nothing more than that.  But I do find it odd.  After all, Bing does not have these problems and virtually everyone believes that Google is better than Bing.

I was trying to be provocative by titling the post, “What Does Google Have Against Me?”  Perhaps it is just a glitch and Google has nothing against me.  Given Google’s power, I certainly hope not.

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on November 28, 2017 at 09:38:24 am

When I google "Separating Legislative and Executive Power Rappaport" your blog post shows up #1 for me

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anne
on November 28, 2017 at 10:19:13 am

It works for me as long as I leave out the "Liberty Law Blog" as the name of the site is actually "Liberty Law Site" (not blog, even though its under the blog section).

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Devin Watkins
on November 28, 2017 at 14:02:12 pm

"Precision refers to the closeness of two or more measurements to each other. Using the example above, if you weigh a given substance five times, and get 3.2 kg each time, then your measurement is very precise. Precision is independent of accuracy. You can be very precise but inaccurate,"
Accuracy and Precision - LabWrite"

When I google "What Does Google Have Against Me", yourblog post shows up number 1 for me.

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Nancy D.
on November 28, 2017 at 14:10:23 pm

For example, when I google, "What does Google have against you", your blog post, "What Does Google Have Against Me", comes up number 1. Hmm? How does Google know I meant you and not me? Precise but not accurate?

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Nancy D.
on November 28, 2017 at 15:08:38 pm

When I type “What Does Google Have Against Me” into Google, a hand reaches out of my monitor, slaps me twice (HARD), and then presses on the backspace key until the query is gone.

I cringe to imagine what would happened if I'd hit Enter....

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nobody.really
on November 28, 2017 at 17:47:16 pm

Luvv'd it!

Well, I DID hit Enter and the response came "Nobody - Really? - Ha!

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gabe
on November 28, 2017 at 19:05:16 pm

The following search gives your post top billing. It's a search for the title in quotes "Separating Legislative and Executive Power" and specifies the blog by its URL: site:www.libertylawsite.org

https://www.google.ca/search?q=%22Separating+Legislative+and+Executive+Power%22+site%3Awww.libertylawsite.org

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Lior Silberman
on November 28, 2017 at 20:33:50 pm

I wrote an update to the post.

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Mike Rappaport
on November 29, 2017 at 09:05:35 am

In the event that you do not know the author, it appears that if you put the title in quotes, your post still comes up number one.

and then there is this: https://www.google.com/search?q=articles+on+separating+executive+and+judicial+powers&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

https://www.google.com/search?q=Rappaport+and+Separating+Legislative+and+Executive+Power&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

There may be a glitch or maybe they keep tabs on visitors to websites but not on the residents.

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Nancy D.
on November 29, 2017 at 10:26:18 am
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nobody.really
on November 29, 2017 at 19:08:43 pm

Works for me: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8q2dis4kmutr0y0/Rappaport.png?dl=0

The title of the root homepage (www.libertylawsite.org) is "Liberty Law Blog" but that is the only page that it occurs on. So if you search for "Liberty Law Blog" you will find that page, but don't try to cross link that with your other posts as it is not in the title or anywhere on the blog posts (and google's algorithm doesn't care what is on other pages, only on the page that it is searching).

You can try "Online Library of Law & Liberty" As this is included on every page's title. Or you can try "Liberty Law Site" as that is in the URL (And google will text search the URL in addition to the page contents).

Programmers have learned google's algorithms very well over the years (mainly for search engine optimization so we can get a high page rank), if there was something different from the normal google algorithm it would be very obvious to me.

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