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03.07.2005 13:26 shango

Vertical Themes Vectoring
and theme-based ranking

by Ammon Johns

What are Vertical Themes about?

In the quest to return more relevant results from an increasingly packed database many search engines are looking to vertical theme analysis to provide an answer.

At the simplest level, themes are how a search engine spider can learn to categorize the subject of a page, (and therefore opens the posibility of categorizing a site too one day). By doing so, a search engine can return pages that match the theme of a query rather than just matching the words.

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How can a theme be measured?

Well, the easiest way is to attach a basic lexicon, or thesaurus type database to the spider program. This lexicon would allow a spider to categorize related words under a topical heading.

For example when a page contains the words recipe, cooking, ingredients and oven, the spider may be able to determine that all of these words relate to the category of food. By finding a ‘category’ for all words (except stop-words) on the page the spider can make a list of possible subject categories for the page as a whole.

By just recording the top 40 or 50 categories that words on the page may apply to, the spider has pretty much mapped out the topics and subjects that the page most likely applies to. It has found the common ‘themes’ to the words on the page.

By matching page themes across multiple documents, or even across an entire domain, the theme or themes for a whole site can be determined and measured. In this way, search engines can more readily identify sites which are ’specialists’ in a particular field and rank them higher than sites where a page simply happens to have the keywords in it.

A simplified example of theme analysis.

Imagine that two very different pages, hosted on different sites, both have the words "Jamaican" and "cooking" in the text of the body.

The first page is a tale about the author’s love of cricket and has an anecdote about a match played by the Jamaican cricket team which he watched while cooking his lunch one afternoon.

The second page discusses the favourite Jamaican recipies that the author enjoys cooking. It has depth of content about the ingredients and methods involved in cookery in that style.

A human can readily see, even from these short descriptions which page is likely to be the best match. But until now, the search engines were pretty much just counting the times that the words you enter are matched on various pages in the index.

However, with themes, the algorithm is analyzing each word on the page for its ‘category’ or theme. On the first page it finds more sport related words than any other and few food related words other than the few in that particular anecdote. The main theme of this page is determined to be "Sport".

On the second page, the vertical theme analysis algorithm easily relates the mention of "ingredients", "recipies" and many other words to the over-all category of "Food".

By applying the same ‘theme analysis’ to the search queries, the algorithm can already be looking for certain ‘themes’ when the query is made. A search for ‘Jamaican cooking’ provides possible themes of Travel / Geography / Ethnicity for the word Jamaican, and themes of Food and Drink for the word cooking.

The fact that neither term directly relates to ’sport’ will reduce the ranking of our first example page against pages with the same matched words but more relevant themes. Since the second page matches not only the words, but also the Food theme, it will rank highly and present a more relevant result to the search.

Which search engines use themes?

One of the foremost search engines to look at the potential of vertical theme analysis is Altavista. However theming is also being used to a greater or lesser extent by Inktomi and Google. You can be certain that more engines are already following too.

As with all e-commerce websites, customer satisfaction is a key area to success. There is a natural, direct relationship between customer satisfaction and profit. The main factor causing dissatisfaction to search engine customers is the amount of irrelevant results that are returned in many searches.

Since Vertical Theme Analysis is designed to present more relevant results on each search, this technology is likely to be rapidly deployed on all major engines as soon as possible, if it works as well as theorized.

Themes sound great … but what does it mean where it really counts, i.e. our rankings and traffic?

Well, this depends upon your understanding them and, of course, in how well they work. What themes should do is to help get accurate results where a word has multiple uses or meanings dependant upon context.

Vertical Theme analysis should greatly reduce irrelevant results, and perhaps virtually eliminate those doorways where a few irrelevant keywords are thrown into the mix just because they are popular words.

In my example of theme based ranking I used the words ‘Jamaican cooking’ several times. Without theme analysis, the page could end up ranking well on those words. With theme analysis, if the search engines ever learn to look at the ‘theme’ across multiple pages of a site, the fact that the rest of the site has few if any cookery related keywords will keep our ranking low in those terms.

If we wanted raw hits, say, we just wanted as many viewers as possible to generate high banner impressions on the site, then themes do not necessarily help us at all. However for those of us who want to attract qualified leads for sales, themes are generally a good thing.

Themes used at site level, rather than page level, may lower the ranking of sites hosted on free domains, because the algorithm could detect that there is no central theme to the domain. Larger sites with more pages on a broad subject may rank far higher for those keywords than smaller, more concise commercial sites.

Much of this will depend on exactly how the idea of Vertical Theme Analysis is written into each search engine algorithm.

взял тут:www.webmarketingplus.co.uk/se…_themes_1.html


04.07.2005 17:10 Infidel

Гудная статья, для тех кто знает eng.
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04.07.2005 21:40 uncopyrightable

Ага. Только вот спайдер ничем другим, кроме как выковыривания паг из и-нета по ссылкам не занимается, а пиздатое существование сайтов-обо-всём а-ля директории и википедии на верхних строчках в любом поисковике не иначе как исключение из правил.
Первая заповедь в СЕО, которая появилась гораздо раньше Гугля – не мешайте разные тематики на одной странице. И не потому, что поисковики секут темы (секут, но примерно так же, как в related searches на фиде – несовпадений не меньше, чем пересечений), а потому что плотность ключевиков понижается, и уж тем более в тексте про гольф слова Ямайка и рецепт рядом не находятся. Я уж не говорю про запросы, для которых тематика очевидна только тому, кто запрос сделал.
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05.07.2005 15:58 Infidel

Действительно :0
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