• Patrick

    Here is a video I did a few days ago regarding identifying some strategies to research the integrity of any authors trying to snag a spot on your blog. It’s just a few easy steps, I hope you don’t mind the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDr_RU5jbVs

  • http://GrowMap.com Gail Gardner

    Boy are you naive. Google’s results are NOT neutral. They favor big brands and are mostly ads now. They actually hide small businesses products in Google Product search for the money phrases. Recently they got press because people using product search were surprised to find the products at the top weren’t the best deal – they were paid placements.

    Time to wake up. the real world works the way Jason Lancaster explained. Bloggers are not paid journalists – they are independent businesses that need to make a living. Google has an unfair monopoly that has publicly stated their intention to favor big brands. (See the infamous “cesspool” quote on SEOBook.com.)

  • Winston

    Just what do you hope to achieve by continuing to perpetuate this myth in an old discussion such as this?

    Google doesn’t favor big brands in organic search simply because they are big. They are favored when they are deemed the best result for the search query. That may be because they are the most popular, most relevant, or any number of things.
    When did Google publicly state an intention to favor big brands? I
    recall something back in 2008 about favoring “branding” but that doesn’t mean “big
    brands only”.
    Read up on how search works: http://www.google.com/intl/en-US/insidesearch/howsearchworks/thestory/
    It has pictures and explains it in a simple way, so you should have no excuse for ignorance on the topic in the future.

    Also try:
    http://moz.com/blog/why-big-brands-get-all-the-breaks
    http://marketingland.com/10-big-brands-that-were-penalized-by-google-69646
    for more recent information about Google and big brands.

    Maybe it is time for YOU to wake up and realize that it isn’t 1998 anymore, and the internet including Google search IS the “real world”. The way things work changes sometimes. Quit whining and learn to deal with it.