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And eBay? “ to its search results that favor large companies over smaller ones, and in at least one case, changes to the name of a major advertiser, eBay Inc., Banner Design contrary to its public stance according to which he never takes this type of action. The company is also strengthening some major websites, such as Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc., according to people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal reported in its article. Google's own pages make it clear: "Although advertisers can pay to be displayed in clearly marked sections of the page, no one can buy a better placement in search results." And eBay stopped advertising with Google several times in 2013 and 2007. Over the years, eBay hasn't been too happy with Google's algorithms not ranking the site as high as it should. Banner Design would like. Google's organic search team and the ads team are completely separate. In fact, Google's organic search team has already sanctioned the Google Ads team for violating Google's webmaster guidelines. Google's research team has Banner Design banned many Google properties over the years, including banning Chrome (its own browser) from ranking for the term "browser" and Google Japan. I've been reporting on Google for a long time and the message over the 16 years has always been Banner Design consistent - Google doesn't let advertisers have an advantage in organic search rankings. Google's actions and messages over the years have been consistent on this. Autofill? "Google engineers regularly make behind-the-scenes adjustments to other information that the company increasingly overlays on Banner Design its core search results. These features include auto-complete suggestions, boxes called knowledge” and “code snippets,” as well as news results, which aren’t subject to the same corporate policies limiting what engineers can delete or edit,” the Wall Street Journal reported in its piece. Auto-complete suggestions, knowledge panels, and snippets are just not the same as basic search results. Google published a detailed blog post about the exceptions it provides for features like autocomplete, knowledge panels, and snippets. You don't want a child typing something into Google and as they type, Google suggests something inappropriate. You don't want knowledge panel snippets or results to show completely false or misleading information. Banner Design Google has methods for reporting issues with all three so that someone at Google can review them and take corrective action. Again, Google has clearly documented this over the years and any adult can understand why this is important. Blacklists? “ Despite public refusal to do so, Google maintains blacklists to remove certain sites or prevent others from appearing in certain types of results. These moves Banner Design are distinct from those that block sites as required by U.S. or foreign law, such as those featuring child abuse or copyright infringement, and changes designed to demote spammy sites. , which attempt to make the system appear higher in the results. “The Wall Street Journal said, I've never seen evidence of Google doing this. I read all the conspiracies. None have ever fully proven this to be the case and the paper's evidence Banner Design that this is a genuine articulation on anonymous sources is slim. "With AutoComplete, the feature that predicts search terms when the user types in a query, Google engineers have created algorithms and blacklists to weed out more incendiary suggestions for controversial topics, such as 'abortion or immigration, in effect filtering incendiary results on high-profile topics,” the paper writes. Again, Google has documented when it will and when it won't make changes to autocomplete suggestions. I've never seen Google change autocomplete suggestions outside of these rules. I've seen many SEOs over the years try to fiddle with these autocomplete Banner Design suggestions, and in the early years it might work. But that rarely works today. Google engineers manually stepping in to make autocomplete changes to benefit the company's agenda? I have never seen this proven. The examples given by the Wall Street Journal show, where applicable, that Google applies its own policies and guidelines on autocomplete. It's like the old "miserable failure" Google bomb that came back years Banner Design later that Google had to crush. Or when Google removed images of Michelle Obama from Google Image Search that were offensive.