This has become a pub-blog. A 95% sponsored weblog. I use the reviews that the sponsors provide as an excuse to blog away telling and inventing the stories I like. Every single time I’m paid to blog I tell everyone by categorizing the post as publicity. I refuse to write concealed advertisements.
This for me is as honest, if not more, than what google does in it’s “free” services like Gmail and the works.
Today, Google honored Ex-Adufe 3.0 with a 0 Page Rank. With this Google proves, for instance, that it is not interested in distinguish between a pub-blog that levels with you informing what is an ad from another that completely conceals its deals. Google is more concerned with its business than with you. Google Page Rank is not a freebie provided by Google, it is a simple way to control what is Google deserving from what it isn’t. According to who? To Google naturally.
The link business and the review business are not owned by Google. They provide a way to earn money outside Google’s ad program and they expose the frailties of Google’s all mighty algorithm by exploiting its excessive automation and amorality.
Page Rank should be all about content, honest, undeceiving, externally evaluated content. Since when a good ad or review should be automatically banned from good guys city? Since you put in Google’s hand the decision about what is and it isn’t good for you. The battle is just beginning and new warriors are thankfully arriving at the fight.