About a month ago Jacob King wrote an interesting post on his blog about how RetailMeNot.com ranks so well in the search results. So what, right? Well what Jacob points out is RetailMeNot.com is backed in part by Google Ventures. In other words, Google owns a portion of the company.
Now I’m not an investment advisor but as an SEO advisor I can say that RetailMeNot should be safe from any algo updates with Google literally in their back pocket. Marinate on that.
I think Jacob raises a lot of valid concerns, even if there isn't an actual connection to the rankings and Google Ventures. However, I did notice that another one of Google Ventures' companies is Blue Bottle Coffee. Can you guess who designed their new site, including all HTML? Google thats who. Seems to me if you want a site that is going to rank well in the search engines, the search engines themselves might be the best folks to build it.
What are your thoughts?