cien - 8:24 pm on Jul 7, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: cien at 9:17 pm (utc) on Jul 7, 2010]
"So, you're saying a business can say it's not right for a Google result to show above another result?"
It's not right if they abuse their power as the dominant search engine and "favor" their "Shopping Results" from Google Base over others. I believe they make money with Google base through Google Checkout, not sure. If they do, these guys' complaint has even more merit.
Look, I'm going to give you three keywords. I don't know if it is allowed to be entered here for ranking issues but remove the stars in them. Search these three keywords on Google.
What "stores" (not informational sites) do you see listed first? Add to that the adword listings at the top, if any. That's not fair to other businesses. Amazon, nextag, all of them have a case against Google. Yahoo and Bing will never get in trouble for this as neither of them are the dominant search engine.
I'd say these guys have a strong case. If that algo. is ripped appart, I'm sure they'll find a lot of cockroaches, just like the Wi-fi deal. Big G. is evil.
[edited by: cien at 9:17 pm (utc) on Jul 7, 2010]