Shared Link: "Google's Love For Newspapers & How Little They Appreciate It"

“Google’s Love For Newspapers & How Little They Appreciate It” from Danny Sullivan’s personal blog.

I also explained that unlike virtually all other publishers on the internet, newspapers were given extraordinary special status with Google. They were among the very select few to be admitted into Google News and receive the huge amounts of traffic it could send their ways. That many small blogs with excellent content struggle for admittance that these other publishers just got handed to them on a silver platter.

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My suggestion is simple. Stop looking to blame Google for your failings. Figure out a better business model rather than blowing hot air about the privileged positions you occupy.

Mini-what it means: Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief at Search Engine Land, defends Google’s role in the ecosystem in light of newspapers’ attacks in the last 10 days. Google is now officially the enemy for many newspaper publishers. It’s wrong. As Fred Wilson said this weekend, Google is distribution, it’s the newsstand.

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