Is Google's New Preference Option Building Trust Ranking?

The introduction of Google's latest search feature "Preferences" where you get to add sites whose results you prefer to be a source of your search results seems to reflect their move to "Trust" ranking.

"The preferred sites feature lets you set your Google Web Search preferences so that your search results match your unique tastes and needs. Fill in the sites you rely on the most, and results from your preferred sites will show up more often when they're relevant to your search query," Google explains.

You can add and remove sites you do or don't want factored into what you are looking for. Sounds like you are giving Google solid information to move from a link based algorithm to a 'trust based' one. How things change in the future could be interesting.

Factor in William Flaiz's recent article about the relevancy of rankings and the idea is not a stretch.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.