Google Results Embarrassed Me

Last Update: December 23, 2020

How much do you trust the results that appear on Google page 1? Well, for me, I do tend to trust what I research on page 1. That's what the Google algorithm is for, isn't it? And I would read a few sources to get a general consensus that the conclusion I'm getting is aligned.

So what happened? Why do I say Google results embarrassed me?

Recently, my kitchen hob started to malfunction, having used it for 6 years. Be it the induction or ceramic hob, the heating doesn't start at all or takes a long time to start.

And that's where I search Mr. G and one of the things I found is that an induction hob is more energy-efficient than a ceramic hob. And I like induction hob all along despite that only selected types of materials can be used. But heating up is much faster.

But researching for results in Mr. G is one thing, because when it comes to buying a kitchen hob, I would certainly want to buy it from local shops for servicing and warranty purposes.

And that's exactly what my wife and I did. With the above knowledge locked in in my head, I know I must buy a replacement kitchen hob that has 1 induction hob and 1 ceramic hob.


Surprise, Surprise

So we went to the first shop, and I was told that an induction hob consumes more electricity than a ceramic one.

I was thinking in my mind, "this seller doesn't know what she is saying, better don't buy from her". And so we left the first shop.

We then went to the second shop. And yet again, the shopkeeper told us the same thing, an induction hob consumes more electricity than a ceramic one.

So what happened to this google search result telling me otherwise?

At that point, I started to wonder, how accurate is Google really?

Feeling somewhat embarrassed as I quoted Google, I gave up arguing and for good service from the shopkeeper, being very patient with me and explaining about the kitchen hob that he is recommending, we bought a double ceramic kitchen hob in the end.


How Accurate Is Google?

It makes me wonder how accurate is Google sometimes? You know the scary thing is, if 10 or 100 people say the same thing in their blog posts, Google will see that as the truth?

What if they are actually all wrong? The power of marketing.

Deep in my mind, although I now have a pure ceramic hob, I still like the induction hob as it boils water so much faster for me for my coffee!

And the way it goes sometimes is, when we write a blog post, we are all researching other sources in Google and form our own opinion and style of writing. But the essence, the message we are bringing across, could still be the same from those existing sources, and it could be wrong actually.

Correct me If I am wrong in this view. But I find this somewhat disturbing.

Nevertheless, that's how it is. There can be outliers sometimes and trust what we read online can be at least 80-90% correct.

And at this point, I still don't really believe an induction hob is less energy efficient than a ceramic hob. Maybe I was bluffed twice in 2 different shops? :p

Perhaps a food for thought.

What do you think, folks?

Thank you for reading.

Regards,

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Debbi26 Premium Plus
You have to remember when you look at information from Google that humans (like us) are writing the articles. I always check the source of the data -- is it written by a professional or someone that has experience with my issue. Some things are just a matter of personal preference or opinion though. So, use Google searches with discretion.

~Debbi
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OCH3943 Premium Plus
Yes, indeed. :) So there are bound to be imperfections. Perhaps, or a fact, in the near future, articles may no longer be written by a human but by AI.
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Debbi26 Premium Plus
That might even be scarier. lol
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
Very interesting, Richard! I take most of what Lord Google says with a grain of salt!

Jeff
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OCH3943 Premium Plus
The human element seal the deal. We bought the double ceramic hob regardless of what Google says. Of course, we watch Youtube and see how the model works.
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
Awesome, Richard! Google is definitely the initial go to, but it was nice that you could get some details right from the horse's mouth, so to speak!

Jeff
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OCH3943 Premium Plus
:)
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
🐴😎👍
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Something to think about when writing
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DCaribbeanQ Premium
I wouldn't know, but I think Google doesn't either. Google depends on readers their click through rate, back links and so forth to give validation to a site.

Additionally I do try to write about what I know and not just research. As such I use things now to write about them in the future.

Candy Benn
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mick1976 Premium
Google plays games too. One time I got approved for Adsense but didn't like the ads that I was given so I didn't use them. Later, I tried to get reapproved for Adsense and got rejected repeatedly. My content was much better the second time around yet they wouldn't approve me. I won't waste my time with Google anymore.
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OCH3943 Premium Plus
Yeah, we all share our experiences and believing that is the truth. Google just take what people writes.
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mick1976 Premium
Google is about consensus not about truth. If a certain number of people think something is true, Google goes along with it. Just like if they like your content your site will rank if not it won't. More like a one track mind with no room for descent.
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OCH3943 Premium Plus
Thanks for sharing your view. Good point that Google is about consensus and not about truth.
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