turbocharged - 12:58 am on Sep 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
Without the + used, the serps include 3 youtubes at the top, an image block underneath them, two consecutive listings for a msn property, an apparent "independent" website and a facebook page.
What would I expect to see? A little diversity. There are a number of other quite popular video sites, if that's what Google believes what people are searching for. Without the +, bing does show two youtube videos at the top but many other independents below.
In other Google search queries I've seen Bing shopping listings and other weird stuff. On those queries it almost appears as if Google is intentionally displaying results from other search engines, albeit in less prominent positions, as a sign they are not limiting competition within their results. Ironically, the sites that are missing are the non-big brand independents.
Getting back to the original query, and the one without the + used, there is only one independent site out of 20 results. The rest are big brands.
This is clearly getting out of hand. Thoughts?
It's been out of hand for a long time, and it's getting worse each month. Although you will find a lot of sympathy on forums, the best thing you can do is complain directly to Google or those agencies within your country that regulate commerce.