Google invites us to understand its work

Google recently offered up a rather attractive interactive infographic to try and explain the mechanics of online search to the layman. You can see it here and it’s well worth a look.

Whilst there are no specifics on the technical side of Google’s complex ranking algorithm it does have some great stats and what I found particularly interesting was the option to view spammy websites that have been recently removed from the index. As we’ve talked about before the number of spam web pages that are created each day is staggering and Google has a hell of a job on its hands cleaning it all up so the results aren’t diluted by irrelevant nonsense, but to actually see some live examples of pages they’ve pulled the plug on is quite fascinating.