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When a webmaster argues to Google that he/she has their own limitations, that they simply cannot afford the $5k per month ridiculous marketing budget to buy advertising and magazine level content for their plumbing business, and instead had to go the $500 per month buying links route to compete in their chosen niche because that’s the money they had, and that’s what everyone else had done, these limitations do not morally indemnify the “black hatter” in Google’s eyes...
Anybody else remember what it was like doing SEO BEFORE google became the prominent search engine?
Anyone can make a proposal. Webmaster World members are constantly telling Google how to run its search engine.When one sees people of limited intellect being confounded by relatively simple problems (to webmasters), it is hard not to do so. :) "Unnatural links", "Knowledge Graph"/Wikipedia scraper etc. In engineering, you don't make excuses - you fix the problem.
Everything is being built on somebody else's information and content. That's how search started and was before.
Relating it to webmastering and rankings (to stay relevant to this forum) it's obviously a game of guessing. As in trying to figure out what can't be lifted off a page that can be supplied in whole on a page other than your own.
This isn't going to affect anyone that has deep content....Google has been telling us for years that we need to have meaningful content. Knowledge graph is something to open your eyes and see the type of generic content you should avoid.
Just so I understand: You are predicting that google will be going out of business soon. Is that right?
So the problem is Google, not the people who try to manipulate Google's search results?I don't know if you've ever run a search engine. The problem is with Google. It was innovative when it started out but it has aged badly. Rather than innovating (scraping Wikipedia is not innovation), each new twiddle is a sticking plaster on a slashed carotid artery. Rather than being careful about what it spiders, Google uses the infinite monkeys approach and spiders everything hoping that its algorithm will make sense of it all. The result, is GIGO. It is all too easy for people to blame Blackhats but the problem is Google.
[edited by: iammeiamfree at 8:08 pm (utc) on Jun 27, 2014]
Honestly all google cares about is their Shareholders