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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Unfair SEO – Google Boosts Big Brand Rankings

Posted by @ 12:56 am

Unfair SEO Over the last week, claims have emerged that Google has been giving big brands a helping hand in their SEO efforts. The Google ranking algorithm apparently now includes branding in its ranking calculations.

The discussion started when Aaron Wall, one the industries most respected SEO proponents, released a lengthy blog post titled “Google”s New Search Engine Rankings Place Heavy Emphasis on Branding“.

After taking his reader’s through a brief history of Google’s algorithm updates, Aaron goes on to highlight via some RankPulse charts, that big brands seem to have received a major ranking boost since Jan 09. An unprecedented number of them breaking into the top 10 miraculously. Aaron describes the situation:

in some cases brands have 80% or 90% of the first page search results for some of the most valuable keywords. There are thousands of other such examples across all industries if you take the time to do the research, but the trend is clear – Google is promoting brands for big money core category keywords.

In his post, he refers to a presentation Eric Schmidt gave which might have been a hint into the future tweaks Google was planning for the algorithm.

The internet is fast becoming a “cesspool” where false information thrives…Brands are the solution, not the problem…Brands are how you sort out the cesspool. Brand affinity is clearly hard wired…It is so fundamental to human existence that it”s not going away. It must have a genetic component.

It does beg the question: “Does boosting brand rankings enhance the user experience or are Google just aligning themselves with the companies most likely to be valuable advertisers? It’s a question that’s not likely to have a simple answer, as is highlighted by the lengthy discussion at various websites. (read more at Sphinn, SEObook). What do you think? Is brand bumping an enhancement to the quality of search results? Or would you like to see the Jan 09 algorithm update rolled back to level the playing field?

Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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Discussion (2 - comments)

Business is about money. Fair doesn’t enter into it. If Google had a “fair” and “nice” image, it’s going to be wearing thin soon if it hasn’t already. Like conventional media, it’s the advertisers who drive the content (or SERPS). The part of the equation that includes the viewer or searcher often seems to revolve around how much crap can they take before they go somewhere else.

By TP Designs - March 3, 2009

Hi Sir!
This is a very good and informative posst. I look forward to see more.

By WambSampupt - May 20, 2009

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