• http://twitter.com/durant_imboden Durant Imboden

    I’m reminded of the adage to “be careful what you wish for.” Branding Google’s own results as Google results is likely to make them more appealing than the competitors’ alternatives.

  • Paul Ryan

    I assume Bing, Yahoo, et al, will need to do the same?

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    Seems kind of a weak proposal to me. What if the users don’t like the links? Will Google be able to move them around to give better (more fair) placement?

  • http://twitter.com/onreact_com Tad Chef

    This is ridiculous. Nobody will notice those other links. Hello Kafka!

  • http://ftc.gov/ MonopolizedSearch

    Organic search is dying folks. I don’t know why most people do not want to admit it. Is it just because they are in a state of denial? Regardless of how Google labels their stuff, organic listings are getting pushed deeper down the page. In a year or two the top organic listings may be on page 2 or 3, depending on how many Adwords users buy links.

  • NewSearch

    How does this remove the problem of Google favouring it’s own services? It seems like those competitor links are not prominent at all, and actually make the competing sites look quite weak. Surely, the competitor listings should be of equal size and stature.

    To add insult to injury, the competitors then have to pay, when Google doesn’t. How is this a level playing field? Google have also moved these competitors out of the free results and put them in a diminished and paid position. I guess it’s just win, win, win for Google, now they own the marketplace.

    There are no options in Google’s results any more. Take any search such as “brown leather handbags” there is only Google shopping result and 3 pages of merchants. I cant see how this is useful for the consumer, because they have to individually check all of these sites and cannot compare them side-by-side, other than on Google shopping. This seems like a total monopoly.

    This is quite a different story on Bing. They seem to have no problem in giving customers a resonable choice of different services.