Onsite Store Owner To Sue Blog Owner Over Ranking in Google

Dec 11, 2006 • 8:42 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Legal Issues in Search

This is fairly entertaining... Via a WebmasterWorld & DigitalPoint Forums threads, a blog owner received an email from a online store owner, requesting he lower his ranking for a keyword phrase the blog is ranking well for. In short, the store owner feels he should rank better than the blog, because he is selling the item on his site and the blog is only informational and not transactional. If this person knew anything about Google, he would know things tend to work the other way around.

The emails, without specific identifiable information, can we read in part one and part two. Let me quote part two for you, since I find it the most entertaining...

You have to understand Dean that an online business should be higher in Google than a blog.

Don’t forget that Google is a business as well, they obviously make more money from other businesses than they do from blogs, so it is in their interest that I am higher than you for certain searches.

I have also contacted my lawyer about this issue, so you should expect a letter in the post very soon.

I expect a reply soon.

I won't quote from the forums, but I think they tend to agree with me on this.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld & DigitalPoint Forums.

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12/11/2006 03:31 pm

This is just another example of the big companies thinking they can push us bloggers around. I am glad to see he has picked on the wrong person this time. He deserves everything he gets.


12/11/2006 04:02 pm

There seems to be a fair amount of spam and misinformation being floated through WMW lately.I have been trying to confirm the MSN fire to no avail and now this - guys that stupid rarely own businesses (at least for long). But it makes good reading.....

Barry Schwartz

12/11/2006 04:15 pm

You have to love the forum stuff. I think there is some truth to this one. Not sure about the MSN Fire.

Aaron Shear

12/11/2006 11:59 pm

Wow, that's insane.


12/12/2006 07:24 pm

Hi Barry, This is definitely one of the Best Web Stories of 2006 !!! Thanks for sharing it with us :-) Cheers


12/14/2006 12:40 pm

This is a hoax viral marketing ad campaign that the Blog owner is trying to start up. Nothing to see here, please move along and stop feeding the trolls.

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