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My view is Google wants to do a better job of sending the right traffic to the right sites.
[edited by: Jane_Doe at 8:16 pm (utc) on Jan 8, 2013]
If it can, Google will simply scrape and provide the info themselves, who's going to stop them? Nobody.
Although Netmag' broad list ( This thread msg:4534078 ) also includes Amazon, I've heard from many that they're no better than Google.
They'll serve you until your niche is big enough to be offered by themselves.
So unless you're certain it's not a waste of effort for short term, be cautious.
If they start infringing copyright on a grand scale, lots of people.
Sure, as long as it's on topic, and not loaded up with links. When I've done it, I haven't put any links in the actual post, just one in the profile.
PS – this article currently ranks on the first page of Google unpaid results and in the News onebox for the query [when is the inauguration]: