• http://twitter.com/MiamiSEM Miami SEM

    FCC is going to ask for a separation of Adwords and Search.

    Is it a surprise that after their “search quality updates” clicks on ads and CPC grew by 30-40%?? Have you ever asked Google about that Greg?

    If FCC succeeds, you can kiss Panda and their enormous (and illegal) profits goodbye.

  • http://www.facebook.com/romhanyi Les Romhanyi

    While an anti-trust case may be hard to win the court of public opinion is much easier. I have to wonder just how much longer people and businesses are going to allow Google to bully them into abiding by their vision of what the Internet should be.

    As far as Google search goes; I have to admit that I like some of the moves that they have been doing lately in the name of bringing us less spammy results. However, I am also getting a little tired of having to filter through all of the Google products that show up at the top of the search results. Further when doing certain product based searches I can’t defend Google now offering multiple page 1 and 2 results from the same sites such as Amazon,Target and eBay.

    I suppose one could argue that Google offers more results from the same sites in the organic search results in an effort to put more focus on searchers to use their paid placements. If that were the case then this would be more beneficial to Google and their bottom line than the searcher but hey I guess we can always just go to Bing for search if it bothers us. To be honest I do that more and more everyday and I can see that happening with a lot more people in the future.

  • http://ftc.gov/ MonopolizedSearch

    The FTC acts like Google’s lap dog instead of using its regulatory authority to protect consumers and a free marketplace. Why do our tax dollars go to fund an agency that waits on Google to toss them a bone? I say abolish the FTC and create a new agency that will not let violators write the rules, set settlement terms and determine fines (if any).

  • http://www.inbound.co.uk/ Nick Pateman

    I probably have a minority opinion, but Google is the only one that leads and innovates this industry. Bing is doing its best to compete, leave the market as it is.

  • http://www.jchweb.co.uk/ Jack Hutchinson

    I’m with you Nick – Google dominate the search market because they created a search experience better than their competitors. They then built a very successful brand around that and have now expanded profitably into various other markets. Surely that is the way any business should work?

  • Jathan Lane

    Its Better the USA than CHINA! Remember this is a world economy. The FTC should not stick their nose in global competition.

  • Durant Imboden

    There already IS a separation of AdWords and search.

  • http://www.v2interactive.net/ Josh

    A light shade of yellow?

  • http://twitter.com/MiamiSEM Miami SEM

    Separation as in totally separate as companies, not a faint and almost invisible yellow color. Google, as ad click increases and penalties show, manipulates Search to increase it’s Adwords revenue. Many are purposefully forced to advertise because Google has cut off their organic traffic. Almost every time I just see advertisers on top ten results, of course after I scroll and scroll to skip the ads and other junk.

    Once again, stats on ad clicks and CPC provided by Google do not lie. Google has increased Adwords ad clicks and revenue by over 30% each quarter in a post Panda world (as search share is flat) How stupid do we make us to be?

    Google Search is illegally manipulated and very actively.

  • http://twitter.com/MiamiSEM Miami SEM

    Separation as in totally separate as companies, not a faint and almost invisible yellow color. Google, as ad click increases and penalties show, manipulates Search to increase it’s Adwords revenue. Many are purposefully forced to advertise because Google has cut off their organic traffic. Almost every time I just see advertisers on top ten results, of course after I scroll and scroll to skip the ads and other junk.

    Once again, stats on ad clicks and CPC provided by Google do not lie. Google has increased Adwords ad clicks and revenue by over 30% each quarter in a post Panda world (as search share is flat) How stupid do we make us to be?

    Google Search is illegally manipulated and very actively.