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Google Sells PageRank Links, Again.

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
16 years ago3,136 views

Woldhowl uncovered another in your face case of link selling by Google itself:
http://www.wolf-howl.com/google/google-gives-free-pr8-links-to-paid-partners/
It's very similar to the W3C case.

Just look at the page:
http://www.google.com/checkout/m.html

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

It's worth noting that all the links under "Browse additional stores" are rendered using JavaScript from the below Google Spreadsheet feed, so no guice will be passed to them...

http://spreadsheets.google.com/feeds/list/o13419680420574654320.1842429693010805565/od6/public/basic?alt=json-in-script&callback=listMerchants

(I guess the companies with their logos at the top of the page, however, will be getting some link love.)

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

So now you're not allowed to link to your customer's websites? Many sites feature testimonials, list of clients etc. Google didn't sell links because those companies don't use Checkout to get a link from that page.

Here's the cached version of the page:
http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:www.google.com/checkout/m.html&strip=1

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

I think one of the things you've got to consider here is whether those companies signed up to be a Google Checkout partner purely to get that link back. I think the answer is quite obviously no. Would they still use Google Checkout if they didn't get linked to? I would reckon so... in which case, I don't think Google can be accused of selling those links.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

That's what I said.

<<Google didn't sell links because those companies don't use Checkout to get a link from that page. >>

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