walkman - 8:06 pm on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: walkman at 8:46 pm (utc) on Sep 19, 2011]
Are you saying that Google intends to give higher rankings to the websites of people that use Google+ ? That would be totally unethical. It would be like bribery. If they actually tried to do this, there would be a huge uproar of protest, and it would backfire in their face.
I have posted here how they are automatically on top--or were last time I checked. Even Brett posted about it. Edit: G+ posts were ranking #1 not sites that had +1 installed.
And, when you search, especially for a tech story, you will probably see a tiny picture of the person with their G profile on the side. We know that a picture highlights the listing, we all can agree to this, so you don't want to be the one without it.
Then there is this:
Google people apparently told publishers straight forward in a meeting, put the +1 or lose traffic. Only Forbes published it, until they removed it.
Unethical, bribery or whatever, never stopped Google from trying. Are people happy with instant search? Local etc? Google likes to push its luck and it feels confident about its brand so it thinks nothing bad will stick. Plus they'll get their 'engineers' to do a video and say that their data shows that people love it, and it's all about the users and the only ones complaining are bad sites that are not +1-ed. Watcha gonna say?
But therein lies the rub. If Google’s search results become heavily dependent on social signals from Google+, then there’s going to be heavy pressure on the net’s websites to embed the Google+ button.
And depending on where you work — say, Facebook or the Justice Department — that could look like Google is unfairly using its search engine might to boost its Facebook alternative.
That might explain why Forbes killed a story by Kashmir Hill entitled “Stick Google Plus Buttons On Your Pages, Or Your Search Traffic Suffers” which was seemingly based on information from a meeting with Google ad representatives. On August 18, Hill wrote, “the message in this meeting was clear: “Put a Plus One button on your pages or your search traffic will suffer.”
Hill followed up with Google’s press team. which gave Hill the same carefully couched answer it gave Wired.
But the story quickly disappeared from Forbes’ website and from the Google cache, though it was noticed and saved by the Raven Tools SEO blog.
[edited by: walkman at 8:46 pm (utc) on Sep 19, 2011]