Is Google going crazy? The answer is probably “Yes” as far as the question concerns the results that the Search Engine displays on popular search term like “web hosting”. The number one listed website is Webhostingbluebook.com. This is a PR 7 rated “top web hosting” site hosted by GoDaddy’s “Wild West Domains” company.
Sorry to say that but I find this web site is absolutely useles because it is just another “top something” web hosting rank which doesn’t offer an objective criterion about web hosting. The surfers can see 10 web hosting companies listed on the home page. Every single of them is a shared hosting service provider. I don’t know whether the web site is connected to Bluehost but anyone can see two different advertisements which lead to this company.
The site states its “principles” on a web page titled “Ranking system” and they are nothing but poor. It says that listed web host must be “Affordable – Simply put, is it cheap”, “Reliable – Nothing less the than 99.9% uptime is excepted”, and to have “Storng Customer Service”. These three conditions are not explained and the ranking method used by the web site is not listed or hinted.
The web site has its own forum which has only 80 registered members. And there are no other good reasons a website like this to be ranked top on popular search terms in Google. The links that lead to the index page of the site are more than 11,000. Google however claims that they changed their rules and the number of inbound links to a given page is not a crucial for its place within the search results.
No one has a good reason why the Wikipedia’s web hosting page which is very informative and nonbiased appears five positions down than the Webhostingbluebook web site. And to be honest I can add that DawHB is definitely not the best web hosting blog worldwide. I see that many people find it very useful but it is doubtful why it should be ranked #1 in Google on keywords “web hosting blog”.
The only explanation I can offer is that the Google’s ranking system does not work good and it can be improved.