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If it's relevant to webmasters and web marketers, we have a duty to carry the story, whatever the company involved.
I'm always keen to hear what other stories are relevant, and they will reach to front page. Just hit the recommend. I'd be keen to see it. I guess you could say we're feeding the webmasters.
Well it is still better than my RSS reader. 95 out of 100 posts are twitter related.
We are products of our environment. :)
Being on Twitter, I see mostly Twitter this and Twitter that. Oh, with a dab of Google here and there. Today it's Bing. Tomorrow who knows.
9 out of 16 is actually really good considering the behemoth that Google have become. Imagine being a WebmasterWorld Administrator/Moderator and having to decide which topics go Front Page. The Google Forums are where it's at. I'm sure staff do whatever possible to minimize the impact that G have on the Front Page. It's not easy. ;)
97% of my traffic comes from Google. Does anything else matter?
Chief Google Product Promoter
Really? I feel there is quite a strong Google-sceptic undercurrent, held in check by the implicit fact that we play in Google's sandpit. Might as well rail against the weather in a seaside town.
Who put Google on the pedestal? It's users/customers... no one else.
When you say 'beast' do you mean in its dominance? Or is that in a negative connotation?
I would say the real 'beast' is Microsoft, at least Google delivers quality products, albeit it practically has become a monopoly... but at least it gives users value in my opinion.
In the country with the World's largest number of internet users, I just looked at our stats from an international household brand to see what their organic stats were looking like for so far this month for one of their sites - for sessions leading to a revenue producing event:
Baidu = 88,221
Google (various) = 3,535
Others (Sina, SoSo etc) = 2,479
So, remember - Google does not rule the roost everywhere in the World!
I have started generating a feeling, not to share anything, looking @ responses being received. (this is quite true if happens with rest)
But, its often observed, if its only me, I have to bare the circumstances.
Not a good life.. (my observations, practically seen with lots of senior members who never visit this site again now) unsure why
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If being true to your opinions, any POWERFUL ENGINE/COMPANY today, thinks they are going to rule tomorrow, based on results they produce today, should be not correct...
Future is uncertainable, it will :-)
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Hope, above lines make an impact (as a suggestion) for webmasterworld.
(I am annoyed on way things are taken here, specially search engine centric !).
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Being a Senior Member I believe you have access to the recommend link at the bottom of topics? We can do our best and help keep the balance.
Also, no need to be a senior to recommend.
We are regularly "snipped" at from inside the search engines themselves. Trust me when I say, they don't hold our audience in the high regard that we do. We often get emails from se reps lamenting that we are getting too dark a color of hat. We used to be viewed as a community to be engaged in discussion with - that died with the metaphorical passing of GoogleGuy [webmasterworld.com]. Now we are most often viewed as a tool to be used [webmasterworld.com] for market research - not a community to be fostered.
We also get the occasional rant mail from white hatters that we are the internets den-of-ill-seo-repute and need to support se guidelines more than we do.
Then there are emails from folks like you, that think we have become too much setools. I know that feeling. We really try to seed other articles and topics as well, but in the end - we take the most popular ones we find in the forums.
Lets be honest - for 5-7 years, we have all been riding the G wave as it has come through. On the positive side, I think - like alot of internet pundits - has peaked. What's next?
>we're just helping to feed the beast, aren't we?
That opinion comes up from time to time. I like that it comes up because it keeps us conscious of the fact that there are two sides to this issue and if each side keeps poking us - then we must have found a good balance.
Google controls (depending on which ppopular stat service u read) about 65-75% of the searches on the internet. However, most webmasters I have talked too, the figure is probably closer to 85-90% in the real world (we run 92% of our referrals from Google on this site). Most webmasters don't even consider Yahoo or Bing when optimizing and targeting content.
So ya - we hear the All-Google-All-The-Time refrain, but I would say the internet is All-Google-All-The-Time and we must reflect that.