Who are the Traffic Nazis???

Many in the SEO world make a big mistake when talking about Google’s latest move; penalizing web sites that sell text ads (offer their own ad space). Some call it “hypocritical” to Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, other just call it unfair and bend over for Google. Other webmasters cannot believe they are forced to make changes to their web sites to keep their websites in Google’s index. How about we start calling it by its real name – Monopolization!

I know many of you will say “Google has the right to decide what goes in their index”, well they did, BUT things have changed and they do not now! Hell, the government and the courts have said it in the past, but things have changed drastically in the past few years.

Today Google controls more than 60% of the search market and that number is growing. This has happened to many companies in the past – they grow too big, become pricks, and the government needs to come in and control them. Case study most of us will remember – Microsoft. Does Microsoft have the right to bundle whatever they want into their operating system? No! Why not? Simply because they control the market and they hurt competition!

It is not just the fact Google is the most used search engine. It is also the fact that a very large part of their revenues come from Adsense. To quickly explain what adsense is – Google has a program that allows websites to run ads. When someone clicks on the ads, Google and the webmaster share the revenue. When a web site decides to run its own ads instead of using Adsense, Google is losing out on revenue, BIG revenue.

You still want proof that Google controls the market? The fact that every web site owner is now changing their underwear because of the latest PageRank update shows how much power Google really has and when you combine it with their control of the “Ad sense” market, MONOPOLY! Let me lay it out in a simpler way:

*Google: We need to raise our revenue. Let us get more websites to join adsense. But in order to do that we need to kill the “link sales” market.

*Web site owner to Google: “Google, we don’t want to share revenue with you. We want to sell our own ads space and keep 100% of the revenue.”

*Google: &^%$ (pick any 4 letter word) you!!!!! We will force you to use our revenue sharing system. We will penalize anyone selling text link ads (the fact they say if it with “no-follow” or thru a reroute you won’t get penalized is a joke. How the hell can anyone tell you how to sell ads and it lowers the value of the ad, directly affecting the revenue of the web site owner!)

*Web site owner: Bring it on!

* Google: NO TRAFFIC FOR YOU!

*****Google = TRAFFIC NAZIS! ****

How to lose $39 Billion

They don’t teach you how to do this in business school, but GM has announced a third quarter lossof $39 billion.  This is one of the largest quarterly corporate deficiets EVER.  Man that is a HUGE.  How do you lose that much in a quarter?  How do you loss that much in a life time?

If you read deeper into it you will find the news mentioned something about tax write offs?  I am not an accountant, but I have done financial reporting for departments in large corporations.  Things sseemed to be doing a bit better with the last three quarters ending in profits, but apparently that was just bogus, inflated or bull*&^$ (take your choice).  It is kinda crazy a company can hid losses that big for such a long time.

Either-way, it would be nice to be in a position to have that money to lose.

Cheerleader gets run over.

Not sure if there is an official “What not to do when you are a cheerleader” list, but this should defiantly be up there.

*Do not stand in front of the team banner when 50 strong, adrenalin rushing, well padded, football players are rushing the field!

It is a shame people have to bring up blond (just read some of the comments on YouTube). This is all about being obsessive. What is the difference if the banner is falling apart when it is about to be destroyed?

My take on this – Don’t get obsessed with something if it really doesn’t make a difference.

Note: Nice grab by the cop and below the belt on comparing Britney Spears to a monkey!

Financial Troubles

Not really sure what the market is thinking these days.  People are so happy the fed cut the interest rate last month.  People are saying the sub-prime market conditions are not doing that back.  YEAH!  I am not worried about an economic meltdown!  It is not so bad considering two of the biggest financial firms, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch, announced “large than expected” losses due to their sub-prime exposure.  Not so bad – Their CEOs only had to resign and take home some sick pay (Merrill Lynch’s departing chief executive, Stan O’Neal – $161.5 million – not bad).

How bad are they doing?

Citigroup

1) Will write down $8 billion to $11 billion of its debt this quarter.

2) Has direct sub-prime exposure of $55 billion – That is a big number!

Merrill Lynch

1) First it was supposed to be $2.3 billion, then it was $4 billion and know it is a nice stunning loss of $8 billion.

Fact is, I do not think is it over.  This sub-prime issue is about to spill over to other sectors of the economy.  The holiday season is coming and people cannot pay their mortgages, not to mention the 10,000 employees fired from one of the biggest lending firms in the States.  You think they are going to go out a shop?

I guess we will have to wait and see.