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You realize that you numb nuts have disallowed anyone from getting to the second page (and beyond) of the search results today with that stupid "Download Desktop Search" icon? At least if the user is running MS IE.
On the plus side of things, our clisnts that are appearing in the first page of the SERPS will likley get some more traffic for a few hours
It happens since yesterdayI guess not on all data centers. For us here and our other remote servers it just started today (East Coast)
It looks like a god awful ad from a certain free web provider some of you are probably familiar with.
Surely not a mistake. It's outright spam. THIS IS AN ATTACK ON MSFT - you better believe it. They are only showing it to non Moz compatible browsers folks! They are afraid of the power of IE, afraid that MSFT might block their ads from showing up (which would severely paralize google almost overnight) This could also be a counter attack to the upcoming MSFT built in search... When the minimize and close buttons take you to the agree to download page, I tend to think spam first - and back button next.
It is deceiving, as most advertisements (and that's what it is) that have those buttons actually make them work.
I think I just threw up in my mouth. They are essentially forcing people to download the Google desktop in order to see page 2. Are they insane?!?!
How do you AdWords advertisers who show up on page 2 feel about this?! I am mortified, I can't believe this. Don't they realize that a TON of people use their damn search engine at WORK! This isn't a shot in the foot, it's a shot in the face.
[edited by: NoLimits at 10:24 pm (utc) on Jan. 25, 2006]
It happens since yesterday, seems to be related to their self promotion, currently when you want to go to page 2 you click on the desktop search ad which is a nasty way to force users to download it though.
What? You guys/gals didn't see the announcement? This is part of the strategy for 2006. Only allow users to view the first page of results and then they can download the Google Desktop if they want to see anything beyond that.
Annoying, isn't it?
Just set your number of results to 100 for now. They should get the hint when they start to see bandwidth spikes because everyone is switching to 100 results per page. ;)
You guys/gals didn't see the announcement? This is part of the strategy for 2006. Only allow users to view the first page of results and then they can download the Google Desktop if they want to see anything beyond that.
Monstrously funny, even if tinged with paranoia. God forbid they take the suggestion.