by Nuno
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I've been thinking when this would happen... it was a matter of time.

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The agency's central focus is whether Google manipulates search results to favor its own products, and makes it harder for competitors and their products to appear prominently on a results page.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/13/te...rch.html?_r=1&

What is your opinion? Those Youtube and local results at the top, not to mention other less known properties, are raising attention.

Their new Webmaster Guidelines also target local marketing. Funny thing is that some of their local results (shown with Plus) have no original content, and sometimes almost none at all, but have no issues ranking at the top.

https://support.google.com/webmaster...n&answer=35769
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
    Should be interesting, but I don't see much changing in the short to medium-term.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    I like to hear that You Tube is being favored because I am using You Tube as a great traffic source. I am not mad at Google for doing that.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Should be interesting to follow. I'd love to see an anti-trust suit against Google similar to the one against Microsoft in the late 1990s
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  • Profile picture of the author Nuno
    In my opinion, the matter isn't that we cannot take advantage of some of these G decisions, but if it's legal to Google to organize their SERPS this way.
    We, webmasters, can usually adapt (up to a certain degree), but Google keeps driving more traffic to a certain group of websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
    There is a subtle difference between the Microsoft case and Google though I think. Microsoft was effectively locking people in to its products. However, people have several choices instead of using Google. I think it will be a long winded lawsuit, but a very interesting one, which has the capacity to entirely change how Internet searches work.

    Can't wait to see what happens though!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nuno
    The European Union is also checking if they are abusing their dominant position Will they decide that there is preferential treatment in their search results? Their penalties are usually very high...
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    That's BS! Of course Google would give a higher priority to their own services! Wouldn't you? Are you not going to recommend your own products even if they were inferior to other products on the market?
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxNiche
    Yes,Google manipulates search results to favor it's own products.It is well known.
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  • Profile picture of the author Berg Canon
    Just depends upon how much money Google spends on Lobbyists.

    Same thing happened to Microsoft years back. Microsoft never spent a dime on Lobbyists and lost the case to Netscape (and others).

    They learned the hard way how biz is done in D.C. Now they spend hundreds of millions per year on Lobbying....sad but true!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    I don't know if that was very smart of the FTC. Hope they realize they might be a lot harder to find in the search results now
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    • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
      hmmmmmmm

      priority given to their inferior products.

      this sounds a lot like Atlas Shrugged
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