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[edited by: tedster at 11:14 pm (utc) on Jun 2, 2010]
londrum: the web is only going to keep growing. eventually it will become so big that it will be practically impossible for anyone to keep their index up-to-date. there will just be too much stuff.
There are many times I use the paid results over organic because it actually was what I was looking for.
It does not matter how big the web grows, there will still only be 10 sites in the top 10 for a search!
This is what the folks at Bing seem to think. They are wrong. Google, indeed, thinks differently.
It is a very defined placement. Only one of the mfg/retailer sites was allowed in the 6-7 spot, with the other 3 grouped somewhere on the second page. All other top 10 spots were wiki and an authority info site (good), ezine and other article sites (spam).
They could care less what a group of Webmasters think as long as the sheep using their search engine are still clicking.
The average searcher does not know the difference between a paid ad and an organic ad, nor do they care. This works in Google's favor.
[edited by: tedster at 5:50 pm (utc) on Jun 6, 2010]
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it's infuriating how inaccurate the bid system is and how transparent it is as well, not! There are terms that return 1-5 results that are claimed to be over $1 per click.
you have people unable to view the world of business except through their own little prism
Hello, you are on "WebMaterWorld" - remember? - maybe you need to visit "SearchEngineUserWorld" ?