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Google Launches the "Internet Association" Algorithm Update

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by assphuck, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. assphuck

    assphuck Senior Member

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    In the past week, and more evident in the last couple of days, many have witnessed a shift in Google's search results. While Google denies this, I'm going to name this algorithm update for them. I call it the "Internet Association" update.

    I've browsed many forums, viewed the search results of keywords I monitor and spoken with a few good people in the IM industry. What is evident is that Amazon is kicking some serious ass now. Some are reporting that Google is displaying search results that link directly to Amazon ads (not actual products). About.com is also doing pretty damn good too, getting bumped up in some informational queries I watch. eBay listings, which is a breeding ground for shit products in the automotive industry, is also doing pretty damn good too. I've even seen Facebook rise with this update as well. Ironically, these organizations are all members of the Internet Association.

    Keep in mind that the Internet Association is a Washington, D.C. based lobbying group comprised of some very powerful members. Google, Amazon, About.com, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Ask.com, TripAdvisor and a host of other monopolies in their own areas. Collectively, this group controls a significant amount of the originating traffic of ecommerce transactions. Although the Internet Association claims to be the "unified voice of the internet economy," small businesses are excluded from their group and the group's actions are hidden from the public.

    My views have been labeled as "conspiracy theories" by Google friendly forums (ie. Webmaster World) and by prominent SEO blogs (ie. SERoundTable, Search Engine Watch). These establishments are quick to ban anyone with harsh views of Google and are part of the reinforcing establishment that offers protection to a monopoly gone wild. The more these entities can help Google advance its cause of dominating the one trillion dollar a year ecommerce industry, the more they stand to gain (or not lose like many others have).

    Penalties, such as Panda and Penguin, are nothing more than a smokescreen that Google uses to excuse their search results from displaying small business websites. Because all small websites have engaged in some sort of spam practices, such as excessive keyword usage or questionable links, Google wants everyone to clean things up by removing links. Each link that fails to point to a site is one less link that a potential user would use to find a website outside of Google's search engine. Since Google's policies span across all industries, they stand to gain the most from increased search traffic because of less linking across websites. And de-linking the web also makes ordinary websites even more dependent on a search product (ie. Google, Ask.com Yahoo) or social network (ie. Facebook) for vital traffic.

    To make matters worse, Google and many other Internet Association members hand over personal data to the government. Does Google or their lobbying group get special treatment from the United States government because of this? Who really knows.

    The bottom line here is that the ecommerce industry is being taken over by a very select few and small businesses are losing their asses. As these small businesses embraced doing business the digital way, Google and its cartel are now pulling the rug out from underneath them with each and every algorithm update.

    Do I really blame Google for doing all this? Not at all. Any business should have the right to grow and expand at its own pace. The problem is not just Google, but the lack of any regulatory action to restrain the takeover of the ecommerce industry. Politicians who respond favorably to campaign contributions, regulatory agencies that are so bloated and lazy that they don't want to represent the interests of all businesses in a battle with Google and a dummied down populous are all to blame.

    At this point we need to take some sort of personal action. Regardless of where we live at, we do have representatives and government regulatory agencies. Unless you live in Syria, where you may get gassed by your government, please take the time to let your voice be heard about how Google is unfairly excluding small businesses from appearing in their organic search results by giving preferential treatment to members of their cartel. At least in the United States, cartels are illegal if that is what the "Internet Association" is participating in behind their closed doors. Also, asking webmasters to spend countless hours removing links to their website is also illegal as Google has used their influence to diminish the presence of a competitor. In this case, hyperlinks are the competitor and offer consumers another way to find websites outside of search. Fewer hyperlinks equates to less consumer choice.

    Call me loony, a conspiracy theorist or whatever you may. The search results do not lie. Compare those websites ranking at the top of many keyword queries to those that are members of the Internet Association and make your own judgement. The next algorithm update will likely squeeze small businesses even harder. Gradually, these small businesses will have little choice but to pay Google or one of their Internet Association members a fee (aka toll) to get website traffic. Are we prepared to allow this to happen?

    If you are a business owner residing in the United States, and want to complain to government regulators, don't take your case to the FTC. You can file a complaint directly with the US Department of Justice at http://www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.html I'll do my part, and I hope others will join me.
     
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  2. ankh.

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    This has been pretty evident in my industry since the last update. I agree with much of what you have said.
     
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  3. SkyrocketSEO

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    Hello Don Quixote, what are you trying to do? Take down internet association.

    I can already see the titles in Huff post:"Google shares hitting history low after AssPhuck revealed their secret plan"
     
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  4. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    "Inner Circle Gets Fucked In The Ass" ~ assphuck

    lol
     
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  5. assphuck

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    The Internet Association does support policies that protect their freedom to act as digital toll-takers.

    The Internet Association is nothing more than a entity that allows the web's top players to organize behind closed doors to promote their own collective causes. Operating collectively as a trade organization/lobbying group, they are able to circumvent laws prohibiting cartels and the manipulation of industries and consumer choice. The serps simply do not lie. The winners just happen to be Internet Association members and the losers are small businesses. What Google and their other cartel members are feeding webmasters is far different than what they are consuming. And what Google and their little elite cartel are consuming is small businesses.
     
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  6. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    Good Man

    Thanks for clarifying this issue, now we are all on the same page :)
     
  7. Riders On The Storm

    Riders On The Storm Senior Member

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    Interesting
     
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    hedgy73 Regular Member Premium Member

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    I have noticed this too and over the past few months more than ever. The big are getting bigger and the small just have to cheat to keep up or try and outrank.
     
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  9. ibmethatswhoib

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  10. TropicalSun

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    Let's see some concrete evidence and proof before we jump to conclusions. I'm not seeing what you are seeing in the serps.
     
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  11. ibmethatswhoib

    ibmethatswhoib Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    hah, what serps are you looking at?

     
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    ya write your congressman, they'll fix it. lol
     
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    To be honest I don't mind this.

    When someone searches for some sort of e-commerce product, I don't want to see people's crappy Amazon/Adsense sites. I want to see the big brands with good prices.

    If you are actually a small business owner/brick and mortar type deal, there are lots of other ways besides Google for you to advertise your business.

    If you are an amazon affiliate/internet marketer type person, you don't have to target products as your keywords. There are literally thousands of other non-product keywords you can choose from that are highly profitable.

    Adapt or die. It's their site so if you want to bank from Google you're gonna have to play by their rules.

    It's time to put the big boy pants on and get back to work or do something else besides SEO/IM.
     
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  14. assphuck

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    To the Google disciples following the prophet named Matt Cutts that are tossing around the negative rep, grow some gonads and attach your name to it at least. Let your beliefs be known unless (a) you are Google's bitch or (b) you just are not man/woman enough to stand up behind what you believe in. I certainly may not agree with your views, but at least I can respect that fact you don't want to hide.
     
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    ryannull Senior Member

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    Assphuck is the Alex Jones in the SEO world. haha

    On a serious note, Google will never be put under scrutiny here in the USA. As long as they and their cartel partners share our information with the NSA and other Government agencies.

    I understand Google is a business and it can conduct it the way it sees fit. But, you can't go around saying that it will "do no evil", when that is all it does. Hypocrisy.
     
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  16. Goal Line Technology

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    I think its time for you to take off those Google Glasses :)
     
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  17. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    I cannot believe some members neg repped you for this, shame on them!
    Although reps dont count for much value as such, + reps from me :)
    Cheers
     
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  18. blackouts

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    You are getting neg rep for this, what is this forum turning into ...??
    I think most people are just to blind to see that we are being robbed of our last haven of free world, the internet!

    Often i get asked by little business owners: "don't you have to pay gOOgle to appear on the top of the search results?" Sadly but true, slowly this is becoming the only way to compete on the internet against online businesses that are getting a penguin, panda, etc free pass from gOOgle itself!!

    +rep coming your way!
     
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  19. ibmethatswhoib

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    People obviously don't know what a monopoly is and why we used to have tighter trust laws. The lack of giving a shit is sending us into a handful of companies owning everything and squeezing more and more pennies from local business until all shops are wallmarts and amazon online. People really need to wake up.

     
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  20. iglow

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    Nice topic. Id think better thing to do is neg seo peopel who wil lcry to google than writign petitions tho.