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Google runs an affiliate system, assimilate or perishOne of the affiliate merchants I used began to use Google tracking, DoubleClick (pre Panda). Within weeks I sank, perhaps it was a coincidence, I suppose I will never know. Looking back perhaps the DoubleClick URL warranted an automatic manual check, similiar to when you start running Googl Ads.
What was their actual job? To create a quality score for web sites, that serve as a ranking factor?
Google's paid search service gives the company an incentive to keep its free search results from getting too good, Clemons said at a Technology Policy Institute (TPI) forum on Google and antitrust in Washington, D.C. "I've always wanted to say this in Washington: Follow the money," he said.
The FTC's antitrust probe of Google, reported in June, will give investigators a chance to see how Google ranks search results, giving the public a "first line of defense" against anticompetitive practices, said Oren Bracha, a law professor focused on technology and intellectual property at the University of Texas.
Anyway, there isn't much we can do and we have to be careful about mentioning certain events happening in Washington DC with Eric Schmidt but it's good that people are no longer taking Google's "trust us" without questioning.