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  • http://steveplunkett.com @steveplunkett

    Think the big story is this.. The FTC concluded that “changes made to Google’s search algorithms … could be plausibly justified as innovations that improved Google’s product and the experience of its users. What i read into the decision.. (the ftc doc) is that alot of stuff i report as spam, google can now remove, they couldn’t until this case was settled.. now they can. #justsayin

  • http://www.seerinteractive.com Harris Neifield

    Thanks Steve. I agree, Google can now act more freely to make changes, like removing user reported spam, without the threat of FTC action.

  • http://twitter.com/RankWatch RankWatch

    If Google had manipulated or is still manipulating the search results across its shopping vertical engine, they should stop it right now and give it a fair shot. Google has always been respected for providing vast amount of information for billions of queries searched everyday and for helping many small and large businesses to generate lot of revenue out of its ads platforms which has always been a win-win situation for both advertisers and Google. Hope they don’t lose this respect gained by manipulations such as this.

  • HarrisNeifield

    Thanks Steve. Google can definitely now act more freely to make changes, like removing user reported spam, without the threat of FTC action.

  • HarrisNeifield

    Good point. I agree Google shouldn’t manipulate Google Shopping results. In fairness to Google, all of Google shopping is ads so they’re not manipulating the organic listings in the sense most SEO’s are concerned about (favoring Google Plus and Pages, Zagat over Yelp, etc). There are no organic listings to favor within Google shopping. However, many could consider the lack of organic results undesirable for consumers.

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