When I saw this blog post by my buddy, Steve Rubel I just HAD to whip out the ol’ “Dinosaur” cartoon again…
Nat Ives reports in AdAge that a number of major media companies have asked Google to give it favorable positioning over blogs…
Many publishers resent the criteria Google uses to pick top results, starting with the original PageRank formula that depended on how many links a page got. But crumbling ad revenue is lending their push more urgency; this is no time to show up on the third page of Google search results. And as publishers renew efforts to sell some content online, moreover, they’re newly upset that Google’s algorithm penalizes paid content.
“You should not have a system,” one content executive said, “where those who are essentially parasites off the true producers of content benefit disproportionately.”
Eh. If it were up to these losers, the internet would not even have been invented. Or if it had, it would’ve been outlawed by now. Besides, I don’t think big media companies are in any position to go around calling other people “parasites”. Too funny…
That is funny… Especially when the big companies are the ones getting bailed out by the parasites!
The fact that big media has to ask for ranking favors shows their disconnect to the very system they are trying to extort. You have to earn your digital currency in this business…
…so “go big or go home” -gp
This is a variation on the old “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
Google’s ranking favours content which others find interesting … if these guys end up on the third page of search results, then maybe their content isn’t what we want to see? And maybe they are NOT the “true producers of content”? And maybe those who show up on the first page of Google results (who we obviously prefer to see) should ask Google to clean up some of the commercial publisher dross?
Hey Hugh. Do you ever do business card art in portrait orientation? How about on those weird sized cards you get from vain designers and ‘cutting-edge’ agencies?
Bad enough we have to pay to see movies and now watch ads there. I sure hope that Google does not sell out. We do not need another Yahoo on the net.
This phrase somewhat irked me …”professional content publishers”
if they did anything good, wouldn’t bloggers be talking about THEM?