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    Whose webmaster policy would you follow? (Google, Yahoo, MSN/Live.com or Ask.com?)

    If each of the major search engines had a conflicting webmaster policy (with each having a different policy), which search engine would you be most likely to listen to / abide by?

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    The one that provides the best experience for site visitors.
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    I agree with Stephen, You should build your site for the visitors not some stupid bot. If something were to improve the usability for the user but kill the bot...go with the user. The bot won't be the one using the site.

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    Thanks for the comments. I totally understand what both of you are saying and it is how I go about developing my own sites (for the visitors), but that is not quite what I am asking.

    Basically, what I'm trying to find out is which search engine has more clout with web developers. (My hypothesis is Google.)

    So, for example, if each of the four search engines instructed web publishers to "jump" in different directions in order to not be penalized by their algorithm - which search engine's policy are you most likely to abide by? Whose webmaster policy would you follow?
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    I would still design for my expected visitors.

    There is no point in designing for a search engine if your visitors are just going to leave again as soon as they find the page because the page is unusable for them. A search engine with rules that don't give their visitors what they want will soon find itself without visitors so if they did by accident come up with such rules then they would either fix it quickly or go out of business. In either case there is nothing to gain by changing the page to follow rules that are unfriendly to visitors.

    In fact the reason the search engines constantly change their algorithms is that they are looking for ways to more easily identify visitor friendly pages that give the visitors what they are looking for so if you write your pages for your visitors the search engines should gradually change their algorithm to recognise that and boost your ranking without any further action on your part.

    If you build to a search engine algorithm (not that you will ever know what that algorithm is, just those rules they decide to tell you) then you will always be playing catchup.
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    I would follow google over the others.

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    I understand what you are saying Felgall, and it is extrememly important, however... you can design for your human visitors while still falling within the webmaster guidelines of x search engine.

    To answer the question of the OP, I'd go google, but only because it's where I get the majority of my SE traffic.


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