Prior to this week, Google would only show up to two results from the same domain on a single search result page. Now, Google has confirmed what many are seeing, where a single brand dominates a single page of Google’s search results.
This is not a bug, this is not an anomaly, it is an intentional change to Google’s ranking algorithm. Google said:
Today we’ve launched a change to our ranking algorithm that will make it much easier for users to find a large number of results from a single site. For queries that indicate a strong user interest in a particular domain.
What I find interesting is the last statement by Google:
We expect today’s improvement will help users find deeper results from a single site, while still providing diversity on the results page.
Remember, Google’s Peter Norvig who said, “for the second one [search result], you don’t want something that’s almost the same as the first. You prefer some diversity, so there’s where minority views start coming in.” You prefer diversity. Google is clearly saying that a result from the same site can still be diverse and different enough, even if there are ten results, all from the same site.
On the reputation management front, this is a clear winner for those with reputation management issues.