Double Standards: Google Allegations by Danny Sullivan

Apr 7, 2005 • 9:22 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

As a follow up to my entry the other day on the topic of Google Stealing AdWords Customers from Pros, Danny Sullivan wrote a blog entry pointing to an SEW members only article named Google & SEO Support For Advertisers. In that article he discusses how he is aware of cases where Google has allegedly provided support services to high paying AdWord customers for their organic listings. In addition, he reports that "Google was taking in feeds of content for web search" to help sites get included in the index. Pay for inclusion for free, to special sites, wow. There is a lot more "shocking" allegations in the article, I won't give them all to you, since it is a paid article.

Many of us hard our suspicions, but when it comes from Danny, it makes it much more serious.

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04/07/2005 05:26 pm

Thanks for posting this, Rusty. Danny's article is disturbing, to say the least, mostly because the longstanding SEO tenet that "no one has an inside track" now seems doubtful. Needless to say, we've had a lot of internal discussion about this since it was first posted, particularly about how to respond when clients (who will likely find out about this article third-hand, with all the accuracy of a kids' "telephone operator" game) say, "well can't you call Google for help?"


04/07/2005 10:00 pm

If this is true I'd give Eliot Spitzer a ring.

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