• http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/ Matt Cutts

    To give the story some extra background, you might want to mention to mention that Ben Edelman has Microsoft as a client (http://www.benedelman.org/bio/ ) and sued Google in the past year or so regarding ads (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2008/10/harvard-prof-sues-google-over-ads-on-typosquatted-domains.ars ).

    Otherwise, it’s kind of like that TechCrunch article by Eric Clemons (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/01/what-an-antitrust-case-against-google-might-look-like/ ) where no one disclosed that Eric was a part of the “Alliance against Bait and Click” (http://www.stopscads.org/aboutus.html ) which included Eric and then a lot of other groups that dislike some search engines’ keyword advertising principles (Rosetta Stone, 1800 Contacts, etc.). By the way, Ben Edelman is a part of that organization too, according to http://www.stopscads.org/aboutus.html . Providing some context and history can be helpful for readers.

  • Matt McGee

    Thanks for the extra links, Matt. Background is always good.

    But actually, you’re wrong to say my article is like the TechCrunch piece by Eric Clemons. I’m nothing more than a reporter above and have no direct involvement in any legal cases. You say Mr. Clemons IS involved in legal cases, so the analogy would hold more weight if we’d published an article by Mr. Edelman himself (and if we failed to disclose his ties).

  • http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/ Matt Cutts

    Hey Matt, I didn’t mean to imply that you had any involvement–sorry that my comment was unclear. You do a great job of writing about the search space impartially and I appreciate your stories. I agree there’s a huge difference between the Eric Clemons piece (which he wrote himself) versus your piece. The only reason I mention the Clemons piece is that in the same way that it’s helpful to have more context on Eric Clemons, it’s also helpful to have more context on Ben Edelman.