In the current culture of user generated content in a web 2.0 world, many people look to review based websites to generate income, as Google's current algorithm demonstrates a clear informational over product bias.
In a case that's clearly destined for the courts, Lawyers are suing a Lawyer review site Avvo, claiming that the ranking system can be gamed. However Duncan Riley writing for TechCrunch has a deeper insight how this could unravel like a big ball of yarn Lawyers Sue Lawyer Ratings Site
NYT: INTERNET SALES IN 'DRAMATIC SLOWDOWN'
Sat Jun 16 2007 12:46:20 ET
Since the inception of the Web, online commerce has enjoyed hypergrowth, with annual sales increasing more than 25 percent overall, and far more rapidly in many categories. But in the last year, growth has slowed sharply in major sectors like books, tickets and office supplies, the NEW YORK TIMES will report on Sunday, newsroom sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
In Page One leads, the paper claims: "Growth in online sales has dropped dramatically in such diverse categories as health and beauty products, computer peripherals and pet supplies. Analysts say it is a turning point and growth will continue to slow through the decade."
$212,080,000 -- or roughly 2% of Google's total revenue for 2006 is the amount that is estimated that Ebay spent on Adwords. The kicker, rumours flying all over the net that since Ebay pulled Adwords, their traffic increased .. people now asking if Ebay was 'wasting marketing dollars'
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Internet search leader Google Inc. is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft Corp.'s Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users.
Google recently updated their webmaster guidelines to address the issues of linking on the web. The language chosen seems to imply that someone has appointed Google the judge and jury of morality and law on the internet.Webmaster Guidelines
Following these guidelines will help Google find, index, and rank your site. Even if you choose not to implement any of these suggestions, we strongly encourage you to pay very close attention to the "Quality Guidelines," which outline some of the illicit practices that may lead to a site being removed entirely from the Google index or otherwise penalized. If a site has been penalized, it may no longer show up in results on Google.com or on any of Google's partner sites.