incrediBILL - 2:14 am on Mar 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
Look at the big picture, they're not only pushing sites down into oblivion but are leveraging those same sites to make Google Places.
For instance, if you run a local directory, like I do, all of your data helps them pre-load Google Places and thanks for all the fish.
You want reviews of those places? You copy the review data as well, just like they're bullying Yelp and others with at the moment. It doesn't matter if you like Yelp or not, that's not the point. Google Places shows you all the review data you need to know to make a decision and too bad if the visitor never actually makes it to your site, sees the actual reviews, or pays your advertisers the time of day.
Google is indexing the web to become the web, I've said for ages they want to be a closed-loop environment by not just indexing the content, but making so much of it available onsite with cache and more you would never leave Google. Bing with their new decision engines and shopping tools are doing much of the same thing. Ecommerce of the future will be hosting your products in Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon or eBay forget running individual stores. We as webmasters are on notice, it's a short leash, as soon as they've figured out how to completely replace us, we're gone.
BTW, if you missed that last part, when the big players are the final hosts of ecommerce, another entire industry of ecommerce comparison sites and aggregators will also be extinct just like they're doing with local directories in this so-called farmers update.
Google is basically the internet version of Walmart, ready for some AdSense smart-priced rollback prices?
You know who's at fault for all of this?
We allowed them to crawl without asking, cache our pages without asking, but they sent us tons of traffic without asking as well.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is, and now yet another shoe has dropped.
Webmasters can take back the web.
We are the web.
Without us Google is nothing.
Freedom is within these 2 lines of a robots.txt file:
Then take all incoming search traffic from Google and 301 redirect it straight to Bing to make a point.