Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

a pepsi/coke structure in search

would be better than Google and everyone else...

http://www.pro-barcode.com/background.html

Over the past months, however, organic traffic from Google.com dropped from an average of 1'000 or so visitors / day to exactly zero. In sympathy, sales dropped along side, resulting in perhaps one or two sales per day or less, mostly from people who stumbled over the site by chance or by recommendation. For some reasons our pages were either removed completely from Google's index or have been tagged "supplemental result" (for a possible explanation, see below at "Other consequences"). Obviously, we could still pay for ads but that would never make up for the loss in traffic and, hence, revenue. Also, while we realize that Google owes us nothing, we are not inclined to reward Google for dropping our site. The little traffic coming from localized versions of Google or from Yahoo and MSN doesn't convert to revenue at all. We didn't find a way to remedy this situation because, although being a multi billion dollar company, Google doesn't seem to have a phone number.
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April 3rd, 2007 10:02am
When you see the search engine marketshare, Google really isn't dominant at all.

http://searchengineland.com/070323-145914.php

Yet in the technology/software industry, Google's share is more like 99%.

A lot of retorts to this story (on Reddit) have been comments like "advertise like normal companies", yet pay-for-placement, in the Google case for on-page ads, doesn't yield even remotely the same credibility: When I want an {X}, I've been conditioned to believe that the items in the first set of results on Google won out in a meritocracy, whereas the ad buyers are wannabes trying to buy credibility. If I'm looking for a widget, I'm far more likely to buy based upon a natural search engine result than an ad placement.
Permalink DF 
April 3rd, 2007 10:20am
Good points DF.
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April 3rd, 2007 11:03am
> We didn't find a way to remedy this situation because, although being a multi billion dollar company, Google doesn't seem to have a phone number.

Because what the world needs is every Tom, Dick and Harry calling up Google explaining why their product should on the first page when someone searches for "love, happiness".

Geez. Wish those folks would get a clue. They were lucky when the PageRank showered them with gifts before. Now it's showering someone else.
Permalink blahty heartsheep 
April 3rd, 2007 11:48am
>They were lucky when the PageRank showered them with gifts before.

Google isn't gifting anyone -- people are providing, and "voting on", content in a way that has allowed Google to build a massive corporation and buy themselves party jets. There's a symbiotic relationship there that people need to respect, and correct this Google-loving "benevolent search lord" perspective.

Of course in another thread I saw that the site in question -may- have been host to a number of doorway or adware pages, in which case they deserve the punishment they're getting for polluting the net.
Permalink DF 
April 3rd, 2007 12:13pm
Of course Google isn't intentionally gifting. Note the use of the word 'lucky'.

It's like complaining that free cable service has been turned off b/c the cable company rewired the circuits.
Permalink blahty heartsheep 
April 3rd, 2007 12:59pm
Their site seems to have made no attempt at SEO or advertising. Just look at the HTML markup, it's horrendous - all BR tags and no P tags nothing in the header except for a TITLE tag.

What they really need is a big fat "Don't hate the playa, hate the game" emblazoned across their site.

Oh, and whatever advertising they're doing now it's working great because now I know about them where I wouldn't have before.
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