Posted July 15, 2008 10:11 am by with 17 comments

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"Psst! Kid, wanna be number one on Google? Guaranteed?"

While many companies have heard similar snake oil pitches, it might soon become possible to ensure your web site is #1 in Google–albeit for your browser only.

Eight months after it was originally spotted in the wild, Google’s Digg-like voting buttons have returned, this time with a new look. Here’s what was sent to TechCrunch:

Google’s always testing new features, so don’t expect to see this in your results anytime soon. But, when you do, you’ll be able to honestly tell your SEO client, "Well, I’m seeing you in the #1 position, want me to send you a screenshot?"

Of course, you wouldn’t do that, would you? 😉

  • Joe Hall

    Man, it seems as with every left turn there is some bit of information that we have to clarify to clients in order to separate us from snake oil peddlers.

    Joe Hall’s last blog post..Top 5 National Real Estate Franchise Web Sites

  • Marc

    Looks like it might be useful. I wish I could beta test this.

    Marc’s last blog post..Ehud Olmert

  • nile

    One more options to cheat SEO Client

  • Gregor

    Looks good in principle but I wonder what happens when it gets abused?

    Still, will be interesting to see if it appears.

  • Jaan Kanellis

    Well if you have properly explained personalization to your client already they would understand how this all works already.

    Jaan Kanellis’s last blog post..Tom Critchlow Rockin Whiteboard Friday at SEOmoz

  • Erik

    Wow! Once again, and I may sound like a broken record, it’s great to see Google (share holder) expanding it’s grasp on the internet. Why not utilize all the users to build a better search engine? Beat that algorithm SEO wizards…. Oh wait, it’ll be done as soon as this hits the mainstream, if it ever does.


    Erik’s last blog post..Surrounded by Freelance Entrepreneurs

  • sandhuharvey

    Can’t wait till this becomes a permanent feature.

  • MB Web Design

    So now the snake oil lot will tell their clients to vote up their site so the client will see themselves as #1 while in fact they languish in the backwaters.

    MB Web Design’s last blog post..Free Font Friday: Stentiga

  • Fifty Studio

    I can see it now. SEOs who have gamed the system to make their clients believe they are no. 1 when in reality they are no 87.

    head in hands…

  • Utah SEO Pro

    I’ll add that to my sales pitch. hah! jk

    Utah SEO Pro’s last blog post..Advanced Keyword Research for SEO

  • Warenwirtschaft

    Sure beats manipulating the sceenshot with corel draw!

  • Website Design Company

    Wow…..wonder what happens when it really starts working :)

  • Ken Nickless

    I’m too young to vote!

  • Travel Point

    Google is again playing its cards.

    Travel Point’s last blog post..The Samba of Brazil

  • Travel Point

    Guarantee with Google is dream word.

    Travel Point’s last blog post..The Samba of Brazil

  • Website design Company

    Google is making a tough time for SEO experts. Its making search engine optimizing people think a LOT. Are there any techniques to overcome Google serach engine algorithm.

  • trCreative Web Design

    Just when you think you’ve fathomed Google’s algorithms – it’s all change!