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Google Inc. increasingly is promoting some of its own content over that of rival websites when users perform an online search, prompting competing sites to cry foul.
The Internet giant is displaying links to its own services—such as local-business information or its Google Health service—above the links to other, non-Google content found by its search engine.
Google, which is developing more content or specialized-search sites in hopes of boosting ad revenue, says that prominently displaying links to them is more useful to Web searchers than just displaying links to sites that rank highly in its search system. But the moves mean Google increasingly is at odds with websites that rely on the search engine for visitors.
We’ve heard from users and businesses that Place pages are a great way to find local information and reach customers. We’ve also heard from webmasters that Place pages help them reach a broader audience when users click through to learn more.
What advantage would one gain from not allowing G to send free traffic to their site? I don't understand that perspective. I want as many traffic sources as possible. G is just a traffic source.
Right now, the traffic is a net positive. As they drive less traffic, the above negatives start to outweigh the positives - there is a tipping point
It's not something you'll see "yet" in all sectors, but it's definitely happening in some commercial niches.
They provide me traffic. I provide them content.
However there is a cost. For example:
- bandwidth from the Google bot.
- spammers scraping my site for nefarious activities find my site in Google.
- scrapers scraping my site find my site in Google.
I guess I still don't understand. I think of it as a channel to expose my content to a larger audience. I'm not giving them my content. When a company advertises in a commercial during the superbowl, they are not giving their product to the broadcasting station, they are exposing their product to millions for obvious reasons. The broadcasting stations is a channel used to get exposure. Just like Google is a channel. One of hundreds.
This list of cost items seems unrelated to Google. They are general issues with any site regardless of Google. Blocking Googlebot is not going to stop scrapers. If you have a link to your site from another site, scrapers will find you.
Mr. Kaufer, adding that he has been negotiating with Google for about two months to try to improve his situation.
Yelp Inc. CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has complained about Google's use of Yelp content for Google Place pages and is negotiating with Google over the issue.
[edited by: outland88 at 7:11 pm (utc) on Dec 13, 2010]
My guess - semantic web and contextual relevance replace the antiquated "search" model.
nothing wrong with regular old serps with adwords.
They're a public company and expected to provide double-digit growth quarter after quarter. They've set that expectation and now must keep it up. They'll keep pushing til it pops.
Blocking googlebot will stop the scrapers as I believe (perhaps mistakenly) that they find my site in Google, not by following links.