walkman - 11:26 am on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
Alyssa, I used the 'wedding rings' as an example, in fact macys wasn't #1. What Bing does, I don't care. Apparently they aren't even turning a profit so something is wrong. Google is on the record on brands, even Matt Cutts suggested to become a brand, in other words buy Adwords and Google display ads. It's not impossible, but very hard to become a brand for a decent sector or stay one unless you advertise on G properties becuase of their reach. Now don't be more catholic than the pope :).
It's good that people removed the "Google wouldn't do that," from the discussion. Maybe "Google wouldn't do that, because they'd get caught," so they are more careful. God knows what scam is on Adwords auctions and adsense with all these "quality scores," "smart pricing" and other revenue enhancements.
Until then if you want to have a chance or be immune from Panda-like flu, just buy adwords, "become a brand." Duke it on Google ads and they'll decide who gets almost all traffic, even scraps have been removed by Panda to non-payers or small time advertisers. Google's heart bleeds if you are getting "free" traffic, without kicking back some to Google. The traffic is theirs, dontcha know.
Google ethics 101, and that's just what they left in writing:
Android phones must adhere to a “compatibility” standard determined by Google. In an e-mail on Aug. 6, 2010, Dan Morrill, a manager in the Android group, noted in passing that it was obvious to the phone makers that “we are using compatibility as a club to make them do things we want.”
Replace it with Panda and there you have it, probably minus the e-mails since they're all in one room.