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Fortnight Feature No. 7 – Search Engines

The Search Engine Ecosystem

During the previous couple dozen years, the wilds of the Internet have settled into something of an identifiable ecosystem. And it doesn’t come as any news that Google is at the top of that ecosystem, determining the behavior and relationships of others, like businesses and customers. In fact, you might say that the current relationship between businesses and Google looks something like this:

Google and Business Relationship

There is this weird, almost cute symbiotic relationship between Google and businesses. The crocodile snatches up a gazelle but needs clean teeth for its health, so he lets the birds in to help. Similarly, Google attracts tons of customers, but needs to monetize for its health, so it lets businesses in to pick at the straggling customers stuck between its teeth. Or something like that.

An important thing to remember, though, is that this is a more accurate metaphor than one that compares Google to an undisputed king of the land, impervious to dissent. Google is just as much a part of the online ecosystem as everyone else, and many of its decisions are motivated by this awareness. For every bird it smashes in its jaws for using bad SEO teeth-cleaning techniques, it risks upsetting the entire balance of the arrangement. If the businesses go elsewhere, Google’s health will suffer, and won’t be able to catch those water-grazing customers anymore.

So what have we learned?

  1. Google and businesses have a strange, symbiotic relationship
  2. Google is NOT the ultimate authority and is vulnerable to the same online ecosystem
  3. It’s “Metaphor-Monday”

    Bing is Number 2

    Hey birdies, I’ll just be over here when you’re ready

Below is a list of resources we uncovered during our two-week investigation of search engines. And don’t mind Bing over there in the reeds. He’s just waiting for his turn.


Google ad project unveils talking shoe

Researches break optical-fiber records

Google accidentally unveils Keep service

Bing Ads makes improvements

Google messaging platforms to unify

GIFs added to Google’s image search

Google’s Think Insights

Search Strategy

Google’s optimizing cheat-sheet

Google educates the public on search

Study: Penguin update getting stricter

Merchant quality to affect Google search rankings

Build author rank now

Panda to become real-time algorithm

News and Coverage

Will the real Google please stand up?

Tension at the top at Google?

Google kills Reader…and its RSS extension

Google privacy case settlement

Microsoft’s competitor-bashing isn’t a strategy

Google grabs more market share

Google Maps adds view from Mt. Everest

Google kicks out ad-blocking app

Virtual graveyard of Google products


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About Sam Mock

Sam Mock is the Content Director at Chicago Style SEO, a full service Internet marketing firm. He can't wait for the day when writers unite to storm the gates of Google and gorge themselves on Cheez-Its in the break room. Connect with him on , and Twitter.
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