• Gridlock

    Sounds like Google just thinks you run a shitty content farm designed purely to capture Google traffic.

  • noname

    Not exactly. If a car company cancels making the van you like with the feature you must have, well, that’s too bad but maybe you can go to another brand and get a usable substitute van. And maybe that manufacturer will add the feature if it’s deemed worthwhile.

    But with Google, there is no other manufacturer. Realistically, there’s nobody else. And that feature you like isn’t even something you can point out and say “I want the sliding door thing with the chilled cupholder” because the features are all in algorithms which nobody but Google can see.

    So no, you cannot go to Bing or whatever and get the same feature. If Google decides to quit making the sliding door with chilled cupholder on their van, you are stuck without it.

    At best, maybe you can go to FB and try to get similar results but honestly I hear a lot of chatter about how awesome it is but I never see FB send any traffic to my sites. Ever. It’s all Google or people who remember the URLs. And a tiny miniscule about of traffic from Bing, Yahoo, AOL, etc.

  • Jakub Šikola

    But SERP is primarily service for searchers to get them closer to AdWords ads and gain money to Google – its not service for marketers.

    And everyone has the right to change search engine. If there will be more people changing search engine then you will have same service as now in Google.

    People just need to take a little risk and not act like sheeps.
    And speaking about car manufacturers, if we talk about really luxury ones, you have no substitution for that.

    Google has major influence because of people using it and nobody is forced to use it. SERP ranking is not right, it´s something you have to earn, something extra…

    I can understand, that it can destroy some businesses, but that just mean, that other websites and people now have chance to grow their business and thats right!

  • http://www.clubnetsem.com/ zigojacko

    Yeah, it used to be there all the time but Google recently changed it so that it is only visible if you’ve received a manual action notice in Google WMT.

  • http://en.gg Jay Shaw

    Clearly a design issue for metafilter. Google doesn’t want to send people to sites that look like they belong in an Internet museum.

  • http://en.gg Jay Shaw

    Clearly a design issue for metafilter. Google doesn’t want to send people to sites that look like they belong in an Internet museum.

  • Jon Roig

    You can just post anywhere. They’ll see it.