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It looks a lot like the midday break at some elite college campus. But almost 12 years after it was launched by precocious Stanford grad students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google and its founders are grappling with a very grownup set of problems. Google's core business, online search, is slowing. That is partly due to Google's own success; it's hard to keep posting record growth rates when you dominate a business so thoroughly -- Google sites lead the U.S. market with 64% of all searches conducted. But more crucially, the web has changed significantly since Google became a verb. There is (at long last) fresh competition from Microsoft's Bing, and also a new wave of sites and services that offer alternatives for consumers' time and attention -- and the advertisers that follow them.
Around 2002-2003, the model of the web changed. Portals became irrelevant. Search engines became the main issue. It also took a few years for Google to become #1.
And now, again, in 2009-2010, the web is changing again. Search is no longer the focus. It's now social connections.
Now, they need to find and solve another major problem to get back to the same growth model.
And yes, there was a phase before portals. From the mid-80s to 1994, the web was centered around Usenet.
Search made no money.
Advertising made money.
Google virtually owns the online advertising market.
Where would you suggest they find another growth model in advertising?
Portals and Search are solutions to exactly the same problem: How do I find stuff on the Internet.
To what other ship?
Some people are even willing to swim on their own and try to find their own advertisers, just like before Google came around.
why disallow organic traffic goog can send you?
However, many will sit and cry Google is evil, bad, etc. and bad mouth them all day long yet still accept any scraps and crumbs Google will toss their way.
It's kind of like people that don't work and live on welfare (AdSense is webmaster welfare) complaining about the government.
no offence incredibill, but this is nonsense.
half the reason they put up benefits and pensions is so people feel duty bound to vote them in again, in case the other party takes it away.
Everyone likes to claim Google is old news, everyone's jumping ship, etc. so I was just suggesting those that don't like Google cut off their relationship because taking free organic traffic from a company someone dislikes is being hypocritical.
Who is everyone?
You distort completely what was said just to have an opportunity to take "rightful" offense at it. What's the point?
I just don't think they have much growth left in the ad business.
Everyone claims Google has too much power, no respect for people's privacy, complain complain complain, yet the answer to removing that power is as simple as the 2 line solution I provided above.
Those two lines just cut you out.
You can't "fix" the issue by banning Google's spiders.