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European Parliament Trying to "break up" Google

  1. Cardisa profile image91
    Cardisaposted 2 years ago

    What are your thoughts? People who make money online are most affected by what happens to Google. It says that the Parliament  wants to break the search business away from the rest of Google's businesses.

    http://www.webpronews.com/should-google … up-2014-11

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image91
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The article states that Google has been cleared in the US of anti trust violations, but this is not true. Google has paid some huge fines and at the moment is readying itself to defend a class action suit here in the US by people that were cheated by Ad Sense.

      Personally, I think Google is far too powerful.  Does it do a good job?  Yes.  However, it manipulates its search engines which are unfair and unethical, and this affects people's incomes.  I know one web site owner who lives in England who lost $60,000 per month because of changes Google made.

      He was not doing anything illegal, he was simply running some online businesses.  Google ruined him...and it has damaged many others, as well.

      We need more competition to put things back in balance, but right now that seems impossible.

      1. Cardisa profile image91
        Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        The article did state that Timetraveler2 and I wondered about that. I agree that Google is far to powerful and holds a monopoly on the internet. Sometimes I wonder if Google actually created the internet...lol

        On a serious note, I wonder what the consequences of these actions from the Parliament will have for us publishers.

      2. Mark Ewbie profile image84
        Mark Ewbieposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        That is not quite the full story.  That website owner hired some SEO 'experts' to tweak up his site and he overdid it.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image91
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          How do you know who I'm talking about?  This happened quite awhile back and the person of whom I speak IS an SEO expert...he did not need to hire anybody to do his work for him and was doing fine before this happened.  But he is not the only one.  One writer here was getting 16,000 views daily and lost his ranking and never did get it back.  He still does not know why.  Then there's me.  While I never did that well, I was finally starting to do well and make decent money...and, as you know, overnight I lost 90% of my views...no reasons given, no warnings, no penalties, no nothing.  Still do not have them back,  Sorry, but although other forces MAY be at work here, this happens too often to be coincidence.

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
            Mark Ewbieposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I assumed you were referrign to the oft-quoted case about some guy in the UK who ran a website about the Highlands or something.  It was doing fine until he got the SEO guys in to tweak it a bit.  Then it plummeted.

            That's all.  No comment on anything else.

            1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image91
              TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Mark:  No, this fellow ran numerous business websites.   Right country, wrong guy!

    2. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      These are the claims

      "Google has around 90% market share for search in Europe and rivals asked the commission to investigate four areas:

      1. The manner in which Google displays its own vertical search services compared with other, competing products
      2. How Google copies content from other websites - such as restaurant reviews - to include within its own services
      3. The exclusivity Google has to sell advertising around the search terms people use
      4. Restrictions on advertisers from moving their online ad campaigns to rival search engines"

      1 & 2 are the most significant.

      Google has also run trials asking users to pay to have ads turned off!!! Wow!

      http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/d … 1r383.html

      1. Cardisa profile image91
        Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Wow! I had no idea the big G was so dishonest and manipulative. Gosh, paying to have ads turned off is big. I thought they were untouchable, jeez. We need Yahoo and Bing to step up their game.

 
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