mrengine - 2:30 pm on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
Um, it's late here in the UK.. just done a place name <topic> search. Page 1 has EIGHT tripadvisor listings, one for a local social care centre ( not the <topic>) , and one local council page related to the <topic>.
I have searched for many keywords, and I see Trip Advisor, Amazon and eBay pages getting the domain name spamming boost in Google's search results. I am beginning to believe that this crowding/spamming is just a member benefit of Google's lobbying group (Internet Association) because no small businesses get this type of treatment. Also any coupon search has Google financed Retail Me Not listings, even for car wash coupons I was searching for today.
Does anyone have any evidence that Google's search results are not completely/totally biased towards those companies that Google has a close relationship with or owns? And Google just bought Waze, so now map options for people will be reduced.
This problem in Google search has gotten so bad I could compare it to a 1970s telephone company distributing phone books that had listings of only those businesses that they own, finance or have partnered with.