This is a disgusted rant post, but a well deserved one. In the WSJ's article about the upcoming GBuy [Sub Req] they stated that Google is looking to put GBuy merchant notification in the SERPs. Not only that, but they are also going to start doing free payment processing and even give consumers rebates for signing up. Talk about uncompetitive business practices! That shit is pretty bad.
I don't know how the journal got this quote
Chris Mario, a Damascus, Md., resident, says he "would 100% use Google payments" because he likes the company's technology. He says he uses PayPal now but would prefer using an independent third-party payment service when making some online purchases, as opposed to the PayPal unit of eBay, which runs auction and other e-commerce Web sites.
but merchants that feel eBay is a bigger threat to their business margins than Google need to get a clue.
To be honest, little GBuy notifications in the SERPs probably wouldn't piss me off by themselves, but Google is rolling this shit out in the middle of a "bad data push" (their words, not mine) that still needs cleaned up.
Not only is there still that bad data push (and Google not even showing some of the most authoritative sites on the WWW), but Google's current algorithms are so biased toward preventing SERP manipulation that they are flat out irrelevant.
I search for stuff like "credit rating" + "auto loan" and am seeing home mortgage pages at the top of the SERPs. This is like the original Become.com Affinity Index Rank stuff:
Sorry, but what a poor algo! It seems to be so 'authority-centric' -- ranking seems to have little to do with page topic, just the phrase being on an authority site is enough for that page to rank.
I could see how they would call this spam-proof, but it is also going to be user-proof too, who would use this?
The SERPs are full of off topic trash (wrong page from an authority site or just the home page of a site that has a relevant subpage) and spam and Google's basic search operators don't even work. Lame. Aren't you embarrassed about this Google?
Why not clean up the current mess before adding more shit to the SERPs?
I wasn't on the WWW when Altavista went to shit, but is this the beginning of the end for Google?