londrum - 10:30 am on Aug 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'd say Google is lending credibility to sites
i'm guessing they're lending credibility to businesses that have signed with with google's place thing, rather than lending credibility to websites.
will it be possible for the best local site to be listed on that page if they haven't signed up? if that's a no then google are making a mistake, i reckon. because they'd no longer be in the business of ranking the best sites in an unbiased manner.
whenever i do a search for a business at the moment, a fair amount of the businesses that appear next to the map dont even have a website -- the links go straight to google's place page. and yet they've got a plum place in the top half of page number 1 -- beating out businesses that do have a site.
how do google ranks businesses if they don't have a site? where do they get their data from?
is google supposed to be a search engine, or just a glorified yellow pages? the yellow pages doesnt list every business -- just the ones that have signed up. if you're looking for the best one, then good luck guessing which one it is. all you can do is tell which ones have the deepest pockets, because they've got the biggest and prettiest ads. that's the way that google is heading.