Stevie RE this thread and Google >
You seem to be under a big misapprehension, defensive to the point you seem to be taking things personally for G to me.
How Sir is pointing out that the A to G map places are losing people money a rant or in any way anti Google?
If someone from Google read it for example would they perceive it the same way do you think? Could they not learn something?
I think it is not an anti Google point of view it is merely an observation of the way things are that I point out.
Places the Google Map "Places" for certain search terms are making a mockery of natural search and so doing so losing money for people who have already spent hundreds if not thousands to get their page 1 search results.
It seems to me here (Sitepoint that is) that one cannot say what may be perceived as a negative thing about Google when in fact it is actually the opposite in that it gives reason why since Page took over and certain things have changed that people are saying the same things everywhere.
Since that thread linked I joined webmasterworld where one can talk about such things.
Being accused of ranting by stating an opinion which at the same time points out reasons for things like changing attitudes to Google search in many quarters leading to abandonment, is not seeing the bigger picture.
You are it says an SEO Guru. I am a SEO to in fact I am #1 on Google for some serious SEO Search terms as I am on Bing. Yahoo (of course its B) and Ask etc.
To ref that thread again. Why would the idea that another person entertains the idea of random search results come into mind or be mentioned as an alternative? It is Google places I am saying is a problem for many and is losing money for many, that have already spent a lot to get the results they have or "had", due to those A to G map listings
However i remember in another thread you made mention that you liked being logged in to Google and liked the recommendations it then allowed which is yet another thing I find with Google that I would say ruins the search experience and stops me and many others form what I have read elsewhere form logging into Google unless they have to.
You mistake observations and pointing out what I for one and I have read others have concluded to for rants that are anti G when in fact they are anything but and as I said the opposite in fact.
Let's take a quite famous line by Aaron Wall
How much is a page 1 result on Google worth?
Not a lot when it comes to "Find Geo Service" searches as there SEO is dead for anyone not in the map or above the maps which I see Google at first let one in and now I think is is presently four. Though it was 3.
I know this as I have 2 links in place above the maps on at least one search for my local area RE web design.
In effect this means anyone unable to do really good SEO is not able to rank anywhere near the top of the page that is visually presented for any "Find Geo Service" search terms
I am not ranting about it I think it is unfair for others and I am number one (for example) on G for -
hire the best SE0
- search term (Spelt correctly of course) so I know more than a little bit about the subject.
I don't have the problem myself personally as I can beat their maps in fact take a look and see it for yourself Google >
find lincoln w3b designer - change the 3 for an e there (Google.co.uk that is as obviously there is another Lincoln for USA searches and the above would make no sense whatsoever for those checking).
I think it is others who don't realise what a problem they have on their hands!
Or for that matter how important the word "Find" is as revealed by G in it's use for places.