Google owns DoubleClick. In doing so, the company has done something else that many people would have never believed possible. Become an SEO. That's right -- Google's in the SEO business now, selling services through DoubleClick's Performics to people who want to rank well on -- um -- Google
Performics is a long-time leader in the SEO and search marketing space. It provides paid search services (getting you listed on search engines like Google itself through ads), as well as "natural search" or search engine optimization work:
There's nothing wrong with SEO. Even Google tells you this. But on that same page, Google also says:
While Google doesn't have relationships with any SEOs...Now it does -- it owns an SEO. And therein lies the problem. Even if Performics is kept completely separate from the Google search team, there's the impression that Performics might have some special "in" with Google's non-paid search results.
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Don’t be evil. We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served—as shareholders and in all other ways—by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains. This is an important aspect of our culture and is broadly shared within the company.
Google users trust our systems to help them with important decisions: medical, financial and many others. Our search results are the best we know how to produce. They are unbiased and objective, and we do not accept payment for them or for inclusion or more frequent updating.
We will do our best to provide the most relevant and useful search results possible, independent of financial incentives. Our search results will be objective and we will not accept payment for inclusion or ranking in them.
Objectivity. We believe it is very important that the results users get from Google are produced with only their interests in mind. We do not accept money for search result ranking or inclusion. We do accept fees for advertising, but it does not influence how we generate our search results. The advertising is clearly marked and separated. This is similar to a newspaper, where the articles are independent of the advertising. Some of our competitors charge web sites for inclusion in their indices or for more frequent updating of pages. Inclusion and frequent updating in our index are open to all sites free of charge. We apply these principles to each of our products and services. We believe it is important for users to have access to the best available information and research, not just the information that someone pays for them to see.
Google official stance?
Ans: We intend to spend the next several months assessing all of DoubleClick's products and services including those offered by Performics. In the near term, we intend to operate Performics as a stand-alone business unit consistent with its past practices. Upon the completion of our integration planning with respect to Performics, we will be in a better position to announce our future plans for this business.
Conclusion:A purchase initially worth more than $3 billion, and Google still hasn't assessed that Performics poses such a huge conflict to own? Disappointing. Google should have announced a spin-off yesterday. I'd hope they'll rapidly move forward with doing that.
My conclusion (SEO pravish): I agree to fact of Danny Sullivan- this would create a great conflict - A major impact and all the rules would be broken.
Will the paid inclusions would ruin Organic Rankings? Need to see in the coming days
SEO's be ready for SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!