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paid search now has not_providedA post by AJ Ghergich earlier today reports that Google may soon be dropping paid search query data they currently share through their API with 3rd party vendors like Kenshoo and Marin Software and other PPC management tool companies.

Basically Google will do the “not provided” to paid search management tools that they did to organic results.
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The recent statements by Twitter about dropping @ replies and hashtags, Yahoo’s inclusion of Yelp in to their local search and Google’s pre-action taunt of MyBlogGuest, each show a certain disconnect from their users. Have these online behemoths gotten so big that they have lost touch why they became popular in the first place?
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So Ann Smarty, who has contributed a lot of valuable information to the online marketing industry for many years, starts a blog and decides not to use no follow tags. The blog takes off and why wouldn’t it given the quality of the posts and the authors contributing them.

But the evil concept of the site being a place where people go to get links is what Google sees and hands down direct ‘unnatural link’ edicts through Webmaster Tools and sites see a drop in their rankings. Instead of just downplaying the value of links from the domain – which has been done in other instances, Google swings the big bat.

When are you going to go for a real mainstream site, instead of picking one in the industry you disdain but that put you on the map and funded your growth?

The Huffington Post has to be the worse example of gaming your system that exists and yet you suckle at the teat of their bogus mind numbing content. They write 5 stories if not more about a news item – they cross link them like the link wheels of old.

The Huffington Post Sells Links

AND they outright sell links. But oh that’s right they mark them off and mention they are sponsored… REALLY Matt???

Huffington Post Sells Links

Let’s play fair. While there could have been a friendlier way to go about this – Matt you know these people and know they are not the “Black Hats” you are looking for. Just like Arrianna is not Cruella but her site is seriously guilty of the errors you hold a much smaller site up to account.

Does Google play favorites? Hmmmmmm – hiding the grin behind my hand – I would have to say NO. Really???

UPDATELike this discussion on the topic from some serious seasoned marketers. Read it and there is another video in it as well as the one below.

Okay we know about the layout changes started early this month – the dropping of the background color in favor of the little orange ad buttons at the top left of the ads above the organic results. We noticed the dropping of the blue link lines. The Adwords listings are now showing globally for these changes.
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So Yahoo made an official announcement of their integration of Yelp in to their Local Search listings today, but while they are calling this a “5 Star Experience” the results themselves really do not support those claims.
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