G ask for free Traffic

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Google's related links service is now live.

It is a service where you place a simple JS include into your pages (Just like adsense and served from the googlesyndication domain) and you can display related (in Google's eyes) links to Google services such as search and news on your pages.

It is very similar to Yahoo's YQ service but I have to ask the question. Why would you send visitors AWAY from your site to Google (who aren't short of traffic) without financial recompense?

Will it not be the case that a user clicks a link on your site, they go to a Google web property and then probably (definately, if the SERPs get any spammier) click on an advert?

Isn't this just a way to avoid paying commissions by placing themselves in the middle of any PPC clicks?

Or am I simply getting cynical in my old age ?

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Or am I simply getting cynical in my old age ?

That makes 2 of us then.

Over 10,000 hits a day...

For websites that have over 10,000 hits a day, please contact the Google team.

Do they really mean hits??

The majority of users

The majority of users don’t really want related links, they want an instant answer, and that for those users my web site gives the fastest results.

On the other hand...

I wonder how WE can make use of that new feature?

What are those "related searches" - something like "people who looked for blah-blah-blah also looked for blah blah-blah"?

> For websites that have

> For websites that have over 10,000 hits a day

Who on earth in their right mind would count ANYTHING in hits? That is just so lame.

I have one page, with 10.000 little images ...ehhhmmm, I have 10.000 hits for every page request LOL

I have one page, with 10.000

I have one page, with 10.000 little images ...ehhhmmm, I have 10.000 hits for every page request LOL

Another pixel site?! geez ;)

sneaky media bot

I heard webgeurilla mention last week on SEO rockstars that mediabot is indexing content just like the search spider. Is the mediabot a cloak-buster in disguise, and is the non-paid adsense an opportunity for them to get data on sites where adsense isn't being used?

more underhanded business dealings...

If you put a Google AdSense search box on your site the Google logo on it links at Google unless you chose to use the version that has Google on the form button and no Google logo.

On another note, I would consider that search box link to be a paid link (it is there because of a financial relationship). Does Google use a nofollow on it? Nope.

Totally hypocritical.

"Why would you send visitors

"Why would you send visitors AWAY from your site ... without financial recompense?"

Maybe to make your site more useful/memorable/fun/sticky for visitors? I can't imagine why a site owner wouldn't want to get paid for every possible way of leaving every page on their site. Don't you have any white-hat sites, JasonD? ;)

Seriously though, if I'm a visitor to http://www.python.org/ and I see at the bottom of the page that [Jython] and [Dive into Python] are related searches, that gives me a leg up on finding useful resources (Python written in Java and Mark Pilgrim's site, in this case).

silver lining

Matt thanks, that link totally gave me an idea. Since that piece of code looks incredibly like a chitika mini mall, you could take use that and maybe get more clicks on mini malls by taking advantage of any confusion the similarity creates, by say randomly serving and positioning them.

Don't you have any white-hat

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Don't you have any white-hat sites, JasonD? ;)

A couple, but then I got outed and the grief was so bad I decided to stick to spam :P

As for Jython, (Python in Java) I'd rather send them to Perthon knowing I am helping those Python coders towards a proper language till Perl 6 launches and they will get a smoother transition :D

Seriously as well for me Matt, You do make some very good points (which I don't neccesarily agree with), but I have to ask the questions or DaveN and Aaron moan at me for not doing my job :)

Seriously though, if I'm a

Seriously though, if I'm a visitor to http://www.google.com/ searching for python and I see at the top of the page that [Jython] and [Dive into Python] are related searches, that gives me a leg up on finding useful resources.

If realated searches are so

If realated searches are so helpful why isn't that feature on Google.com?

borg

They don't need another mechanism to gather data on their own site only yours.

Tripping

the google borg continues.... totally ridiculous - adnoncents??

Going to test it ... aaron if TW FALLS APART SORRY ;)

<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript">

</script>
<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript" src="http://relcontent.googlesyndication.com/relcontent/show_rc.js"></script>

I think it is fair to say

I think it is fair to say that on medium -> well trafficed sites that Google understand the general meaning of that site.

But then again isn't that what they built a $400+ per share business upon?

>If realated searches are so

>If realated searches are so helpful why isn't that feature on Google.com?

Might affect the revenue stream?

Web Rings...

This sounds an awful lot like Google is starting their own web ring service.

I dunno, I kinda like it. I

I dunno, I kinda like it. I used to have a forum I would have put that on.

Why in the hell

Why would I let Google tell people where to go to get the hell off my website without gettting paid for the privilege?

Make those links ADSENSE links and then we're talking!

Make those links ADSENSE

Make those links ADSENSE links and then we're talking!

It is no accident that the sizes overlap with AdSense sizes fairly well. As Google stores more media it will become an ad and media recommending service.

no harm in asking

Have you tried that lately? Get enough traffic and just ask them to do something... somebody will do it. If Google put an animated gif out there and asked for a free backlink they'd get 100,000 in a day or so at least.

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