After reading many posts including this one [webmasterworld.com...]
It seems that the internet has become a complete battlefield. Gone are the days of simply creating a site and enjoying the results of your work without an extremely daunting amount of work to comply and optimize it first. Thats fine, but the playing field won't stop changing. Why would it, the profits are increasing for the big guys and the little guys just interested in making their one or two sites are in tough.
Geo domains, the one type of domain name the search engines cannot directly compete with, they've done an end around. There is only one newyork.com and one losangeles.com but the search engines now place their maps and their sites ahead of the top geo sites in any listing. Type in your city name, you'll see G returns its own stuff up top ahead of the pack - how long before they return their stuff ahead of every search?
Google slams paid advertising and penalises sites that sell links, yet they approve of link advertising if you pay for theirs.?!?
This post is a rant, I doubt i'm alone in feeling this way, what I want to know is where is the leading watchdog group that is keeping an eye out on this type of monopolisation? I want to at least see whats being done to attempt to regulate the industry at this point.
edit: it's becoming quite clear that whatever algorithm is used to rank sites should be controlled by an organization that is not a for profit company. I realise google and yahoo and the other top engines would need to fight for their existence if that happens, better them than all of the worlds webmasters imo. absolute power...
[edited by: Kurgano at 7:40 pm (utc) on July 10, 2007]