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People see their ads as too expensive, their organic listings as just unreliable (in terms of marketing).
Advertising is beyond the purview of this forum, but as for the notion that "organic listings are...unreliable (in terms of marketing)," how exactly is that bad for Google?
Google Search won't be hurt if only 100,000 vendors, as opposed to a million, are trying to rank no. 1 for "fuzzy red widgets" or "hotel rooms in slobovia" in the organic results, or if old-school SEO is no longer the most useful skill for an online entrepreneur.
There is a lot of brand loyalty to Google but over the half century or so I've been in business I've watched countless companies soar to the skies then crash in flames because they lost sight of their main raison d'etre; in Google's case, to produce first class search results, every time. They are no longer doing that.
IMHO its all about quality signals now.
With each update I see more traffic from Bing. Great, the sooner Google disappear up a Panda's ass somewhere the better
as all Google traffic is coming from India
for most brits G is the internet ....idiots
basically, good old networking (for B2B type businesses). Google rarely gets a mention now.
Isn't it time for them to have a radical re-think about what they are actually doing?
It's ridiculous that we should even have to write about Google like this, they had it all yet now seem to be prepared to throw it all away simply to satisfy corporate investors ever-increasing expectations.
Anybody else seeing a lot of movement with Wikipedia? On the 10th, we got passed by them, yet the content on their page I'm looking at isn't really that strong.