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    Holy cow Batman,

    Never fear the dance again. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    I sure hope they DONT win... Google provides a service, they can do whatever they want. Can you imagine if somebody sued you when you changed your content? BAH! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    When will the scheming 3rd world search sites and the Traffic con-men just die a natural or un-natural death? They all claim they have the secret for getting you traffic FOR A DAMN UPFRONT FEE. When they get caught aggain and again in not have any secret to sell they jump to the lawyers who have nothing better to do on their calanders than suck client money for frivolious suits anyhow.

    From article Internetnews link above: "Such changes often accompany changes in its search algorithm, which Google has used in the past to defeat search engine marketers who attempt to create networks of their own sites to share links with each other, thereby "artificially" boosting Page Rank. The practice is dubbed "link farming."

    SearchKing itself has been viewed by some search engines as one of the firms attempting to create "link farms." In addition to operating the Page Rank Ad Network, it also offers search optimization services and hosts a series of interconnected Web sites on its servers."

    Googles position show some sanity as they provide speed and relevency based upon the users needs not the stupid gorilla advertisers. Yahoo -MSN and all those news sites can shove those FLASH Ads and endless Popups/unders where the sun don't shine. http://www.internetnews.com/IAR/article.php/1486281
    "October 22, 2002
    Google CEO to Advertisers: Stop Scaring Users
    By Brian Morrissey
    NEW YORK -- Like many Internet users, Google Chairman and Chief Executive Eric Schmidt is not a big fan of pop-up and pop-under ads. But as the head of an ad-supported company, he also thinks they are symptomatic of Internet advertising's continued inability to harness the connective power of the Internet to improve the user's online experience.

    "My view of the world starts with the end user," Schmidt said in the keynote address opening the Jupiter/IAB Ad Forum on Tuesday. "It's important the advertising model doesn't scare the user."

    Instead of rich media ads, Google, the fourth most-visited site by U.S. Internet users last week according to Nielsen/NetRatings (Quote, Company Info), uses keyword-targeted AdWords, set off to the right side of a page of search results. The key, Schmidt said, is that the ads connected advertisers to users interested in their product's area.

    "Our commitment is the ad business we're in does not in any way affect our search," he said.

    To do this, Schmidt said the Mountain View, Calif.-based company focuses more on the user's needs, instead of the client's, since keeping users happy builds the scale advertisers want. This means ensuring that ads are simple and highly relevant -- based as they are on users' self-selected keywords.

    Advertisers, meanwhile, are attracted by the prospect -- and benefit from easily-tracked units.

    "The Internet will transform advertising because of its trackability, not its beauty," Schmidt said.

    This trend is likely to continue. According to Jupiter Research Analyst Patrick Keane, pay-for-performance advertising accounts for 25 percent of online ad spending. This is forecast to grow to 34 percent in 2007.

    Schmidt said the key to Google serving its advertisers well is to serve its users well. Google puts great emphasis on quickly answering user queries, listing the number of seconds each search takes. With speed as a sine qua non, Schmidt said that rules out fancy, Flash-enabled ads that would slow page-loading.

    Thanks to this approach, Google has attracted a loyal following. According to research released this summer by consultancy Brand Keys, Google was the online brand garnering the highest customer loyalty for the second year in a row.

    The company has branched out by providing paid-search services to other sites, putting it in direct competition with Overture. Google has replaced Overture as the paid-search provider on Earthlink, AOL, and AskJeeves."

    Hey advertisiers out there don't believe the crap stats and ROI those Ad pushers are selling you. It's all hype. Take an minute and ask the endusers like Google does and you'll see we hate you for shoving your Ads at us and calling it branding.

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    It is just another case of Google pandering to the big corporations. Kill the little guys, that is Google's new motto. It used to be a lot different. Their new policies have not imporved their search results much, but it has filled their pockets and gained them favor from the corporate in-crowd.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>SearchKing itself has been viewed by some search engines as one of the firms attempting to create "link farms." In addition to operating the Page Rank Ad Network, it also offers search optimization services and hosts a series of interconnected Web sites on its servers." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Regardless of the merits or otherwise of Bob's case, the above quote is a misrepresentation of the Search King network. It goes to show that you shouldn't believe everything you read.

    The sites on Search King are all portals and subdomains of the main site, but for someone to suggest that this is a link farm shows

    a) Complete ignorance of what a link farm is
    b) A more than biased view of the situation.

    And even mentioning that Search King offer search engine optimization services is a total irrelevance. Google don't penalise sites for offering search engine optimization services.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Kill the little guys, that is Google's new motto. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I don't agree with that at all. Google has done -- and is doing -- more to help this gal thrive than all the other search engines together.

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    have you heard about google's plan to introduce a comparision shopping tab, in conjunction with their catalogue search feature?

    like one poster over at webmasterworld said:
    now all google needs is an affiliate id.

    let's hope us little guys can still be in this business 2 years from now.

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    That comment assumes you'll still be a LITTLE guy 2 years from now. I, for one, have no intentions of fitting into that category anymore by the time 2 more years is up! The market may change but I'm not going to be scared off by Big Google's new shopping search.

    Granted, I didn't expect that huge sumo wrestler to come rolling into the Arena of Competition but those are the breaks and I'm sure there'll be enough business left to get plenty rich despite them.

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