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It's a position all business leaders would love to find themselves in—a massive IPO, dominance in the marketplace, and a blank slate from policy makers to do practically anything they please.
Google has enjoyed this unrivaled position for nearly a decade. It is the most popular search engine in the world, controlling nearly 82% of the global search market and 98% of the mobile search market. Its annual revenue is larger than the economies of the world's 28 poorest countries combined. And its closest competitor, Bing, is so far behind in both market share and revenue that Google has become, effectively, a monopoly.
The company has used its position to bend the rules to help maintain its online supremacy, including the use of sophisticated algorithms weighted in favor of its own products and services at the expense of search results that are truly most relevant.
And while we’re always happy to have feedback about how we can improve, it’s more useful if that feedback is based on facts. In today’s Wall Street Journal, the CEO of comparison shopping site Nextag makes several claims that are wrong -- or suggests that Google start doing things that we already do. Let me set the record straight:
Claim: “Most people believe that when they type "convection microwave oven" or "biking shorts" into Google, they will receive a list of the most relevant sites. Not true. That's how Google used to work. Now, when someone searches for these items, the most prominent results are displayed because companies paid Google for that privilege.”
Fact: Let me be very clear: our unpaid, natural search results are never influenced by payment. Our algorithms rank results based only on what the most relevant answers are for users -- which might be a direct answer or a competitor’s website. Our ads and commercial experiences are clearly labeled and distinct from the unpaid results, and we recently announced new improvements to labeling of shopping results. This is in contrast to most comparison shopping sites, which receive payment from merchants but often don’t clearly label search results as being influenced by payment.
but as a webmaster who needs traffic, blocking google is suicide. in that sense, they have a monopoly.
as an everyday user, okay, i can forget about google if i want, switch to other companies, and be perfectly happy. but as a webmaster who needs traffic, blocking google is suicide.
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incrediBill: When you turn on your computer does it start at Google? If so, you make that happen, not Google.
They don't have a monopoly just because most webmasters have a bad traffic strategy.
Learn how to generate traffic without using Google, it's not that hard or even complicated.
It's tough to defend a monopoly position
The biggest problem a lot of writers (like yourself) covering the subject of your article and tech people commenting on the complaints have with this subject is a clear lack of understanding of the commerce laws in the EU and in the US and why they are so important and why Googles actions and changes to search is such a big problem for all of us and how those changes hurt each and everyone of us.
Many look at it from a point of view that Google search results has no legal regulation. Therefore, what people perceive as common sense and their personal opinions wiggle into the argument and we end up with statements like "Google does not owe you anything."
The arguments being made today are not a new ones, in fact, in the 1800s they were quite similar in regard to Interstate commerce regarding fees and favoritism charged and granted by railroad companies who by nature were very much the "Google" of their time. If you want a bit of a history lesson, here are 40 pages worth reading from the Political Science Quarterly, June, 1887: [jstor.org...]
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Seems even here on webmasterworld.com there is an agenda that is being served when users posts get censored.
Guess the mod works for Google! LOL
our unpaid, natural search results are never influenced by payment... but we help them along with a bit of advice and if they are friends we can fix it for them, no problem.