Are you a victim of search discrimination?

the UGH

by,

Suzanne Coleman

I’ve been working on this website for a few months now, and I’m starting to get used to how things work.  It’s been a lot fun for me.  One thing that wordpress (who writes the software that runs this blog, find out more at http://www.wordpress.com) does for its users is provide us with info on what people look at on the site, and what they are searching for that brings them to our site.  They call this the “stats.”

As this site gets more and more viewers, I have enjoyed seeing what people are searching for that brings them here.  It’s fun!  I enjoy knowing that I might be helping someone out by providing them with some info they need, or giving them a laugh or two for the day.

As I review the search results, wordpress also shows what search engine brought people here.  I’ve learned something very interesting by looking at this.  My search results almost never come from Google, even though Google is the most used search engine, the last I read.

So this is probably due to what I have heard about before, that Google accepts payments to rank different sites in your search results, bringing some higher, and pushing others lower.  This site gets tons of hits from Yahoo! search and Bing, and even other places I really don’t know that much about, but rarely from Google.  It’s too bad, I feel like maybe you guys who are trying to find me are having trouble because the big company doesn’t want to serve up the information you are looking for.

Does anyone else have any experience with this?  What has happened to you?  Let me know in the comments.

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