Game Over for Google Fears, Future of SEO in Question with Censorship

Last Update: March 12, 2019

Hi guys, two censorship moves were brought to my attention in the last couple of days, one is by Google and the other by Facebook. Google health boss actually admits to going slower with their plans for censorship than he would like 'so as not to erode trust' because 'if people stop coming to google then it is game over'. It raises the question for us, what will Google and Facebook censorship do to the future of SEO?

When Rumors Become Reality

We've heard rumors of this before but they are really rolling out their plans now to shut down information that doesn't fit with their view. It started with health and they went so far as to put teams of doctors and nurses analysing search results, and it's now tackling everything going forward eg searches on the Holocaust go to 'authoritative' advice, and searches on vaccines and autism will go to 'the original study was flawed and not appropriate' even though that may not actually be true because a lot of whistle blowers came out of the industry on that. And we have a track record of industry engaging in an information war and the tobacco science and asbestos industry would have been very happy with Google's stance now:

Reputable Scientists find Industry-Funded Studies Biased, Flawed, and Dubious

When it comes to making a decision the 'weight' of studies is taken into consideration so it is very easy for any industry to flood the market with paid-for studies done very shoddily to get biased results. We have Henry Lai of the University of Washington exposing that in the case of RF radiation 30% of industry-funded studies find it causes harm but 70% of independent studies find harm. And Joel Moskowitz of UC Berkeley shows how funded studies usually don't follow scientific best practice, they fall apart easily but no one is looking closely in the governments, they rely on industry to tell them what's what and that is how tobacco science only finally got defeated in 2006.

It's the 'for the Benefit of Humanity' line, again

How much longer will they try to sell us that line? Surprisingly they get away with it too often to stop anytime soon. So with Google they are not only stomping out so-called 'conspiracy theories' about vaccines, but they are using their 'complex algorithms' to crunch patient data and diagnose or predict faster than the doctor.

Now that would be hilarious if it weren't so serious, iatrogenic death is the #1 killer so it's a bit like driverless cars, let the artifiical intelligence do a better job and save us from ourselves, on the other hand with the pubs staying open till 4am in Ireland and 33% of all fatal car accidents being alcohol related we don't really need wireless tech to drive our cars, we just need less drunks and the police doing their job of shutting those pubs on time. In the case of doctors well the irony is google is banning alternatives to anything doctors might do with its censorship and becoming the only alternative itself whereas natural healing could prevent and diagnose decades before either the doctor or the algorithm and prevent the need for the radiologist in the first place! Google has already decided what is 'right' and 'wrong' and clearly it is industry based vs science based, because wiki is writing out the science on herbs and natural protocols all the time now.


But Whose Benefit is this for Really?

Weirdly enough the 'reputable' and 'unbiased' site they quote and the GPs they refer to are the precise health system that nearly killed me and chalked me up as a success saying, "Prove it". The people they want to ban from searches are the ones got me well.

Where to Next, Google has a strategy, but do we?

  1. Well Google is playing it softly softly, but clearly they want to insert themselves into 'health'

2. But to make sure people don't stop coming to google they've another trick up their sleeve, distributing free google digital assistants to every home in Ireland with utility companies, as well as being on our phones automatically where we can just speak 'Hey Google, what is the answer to xyz' and it will tell you what wiki says or what their carefully manicured reply is.

    3. On top of all that they are also creating a world where people are connected to google and search engines all the time, they want faster wireless connectivity so phones can do everything computers can do, and they want an internet of things connected all the time too. No escape. Will be impossible not to exist without google if people become too dependent on it.

    Where Does This Leave the Future of SEO, should we stop 'going to google'?

    They are placing 'truth' at the top, and their chosen websites and answers, not only in health but in everything - where does that leave all of us going forward?

    I'd be interested to know what the owners of Jaaxy think? Is it time to stop going to Google?

    Mary

    ps re the 20 wk Challenge, been real busy with that, websites are easy content is where it's at with me, always was, and the research put me in a position to be able to help out the facebook group leaders in my own country - until of course facebook decides that the 25000 studies showing our RF radiation exposure levels are too high already just don't quite fit the industry position of a 5G world leaving us not allowed talk about that anymore! Websites are soooo much better than fb groups, but can't ignore them.

    *ps you can read the full article I quoted from here https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/03/10/google-sif...

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    NeverFail Premium
    Control freaks who hate reason and evidence gonna control you and hate reason and evidence... That didn't flow to well... But yeah, Google has a narrative to push and "wrong thinkers" to squash. I am fearful of what Google/YouTube will turn to in the future. The most important thing to do is lessen your reliance on them and keep telling the truth to as many people as you can through whatever means you can.
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    MozMary Premium
    yes, since I wrote that every day I'm hearing how google and digital assistants like Amazon's alexa are orchestrating to track people and totally ban anything that disagrees with them - it's getting surreal, crazy, and people need to down tools and stop them now before it's too late
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    TeamIceCream Premium
    Hi Mary

    Geez, the end of the free internet as we know it, eh? I thought liberty, or freedom, was one of the principles that the USA was found on, yet here it is being eroded over and over again, lately.

    I foresee the following things:
    • Our email lists will get extremely important
    • Managing those lists exclusively - making sure that the autoresponder company can't close your account and you loose all your subscribers
    • Guest blogging and collaborating with other websites related to our niche

    This is not a problem only to the health niche - which other niches may they decide to censor out in the future? YOURS? Mine?

    Initially I thought I'll use Bing or Yahoo, but on reading up on them, I'm not so sure that it is an option. Bing belongs to Microsoft, which does pretty much the same thing, don't they?

    I looked at these search engines, but they are either based on Yahoo, Bing, or Google:

    Based on .Ask .com (formerly) (based on Google):
    • iWon • Lycos • Teoma

    Based on Bing:
    • A9 .com • AOL, from 2015 • Alexa Internet • Ciao!
    • Ecosia • Egerin • Ms. Dewey • Facebook Search, until 2014
    • HotBot • WebCrawler Search

    Based on Google:
    • AOL Search, until 2015 • Groovle • MySpace Search
    • Mystery Seeker • Netscape • Ripple • BOL • Startpage .com

    Based on Yahoo!:
    • Ecocho • Everyclick (formerly based on Ask .com) • Forestle (an ecologically motivated site supporting sustainable rain forests – formerly based on Google)
    • Rectifi

    Do anybody know of a search engine that is not powered by any of the giants, that we can use instead?

    We may be small players, but never underestimate the power of an ant... or the power of a piece of thread... together, many small ants and many thin threads accomplishes BIG things! ;-) Right? ;-)

    Thank you for bringing this important matter to our attention, Mary!
    Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)
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    MozMary Premium
    wowsa, good job on the research!

    I've seen someone mention one recently in a facebook group , I must go dig it up

    yes microsoft is up to some weird stuff that this move will favor

    someone mentioned duck duck go, and I saw another mentioned last week which I'll have to dig up, and where are opera and firefox on this?

    ooh yes, that's the big thing - people are getting sucked into cyberspace platforms and losing out on the liberty, they are all 'benevolent dictatorships' as one WA member put it...
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    TeamIceCream Premium
    Hi Mary

    In the light of full disclosure, although I knew of some of those relationships, Wikipedia helped me to complete the list.

    I have now been reading up on Duck Duck Go and according to Wiki, it received
    1 Billion searches in January 2019, not exactly small anymore. (Undecided whether it's good or bad - just saying.)

    It seems DDG has partnered with Yahoo (extend is uncertain, but I see that Verizon (Yahoo) is where their Data Centre is), as well as that they get their results from Bing, Yandex, and Wikipedia. Hmmm....

    I also found this article which may be of help to find alternatives for the Google products that we use:
    https://spreadprivacy.com/how-to-remove-google/

    And this page seems to have a few alternatives to G.Analytics.
    I haven't checked them out yet, but here it is:
    https://www.computerworlduk.com/galleries/data/best-web-analytics-tools-alternatives-google-analytics-3628473/

    Yes please, if you can dig that other one out, so we can see what we can get there.

    Wishing you an awesome day!
    Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)
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    MozMary Premium
    great to see the connections!

    ug wiki!
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    CandP Premium
    Mary, this very insightful post has us thinking, big time.

    It is frightening to think that holistic advice may not be as available because things have to be vetted by 'doctors and nurses'.

    We want access to what WE want to read about, not what THEY tell us is so, based on their experts.
    Thank you for this important, if not scary, post.

    C & P
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    MozMary Premium
    yes, it's rubber stamping one side in an information war where they do not have a good track record

    some people in the health niche really are bad and I see Erin Mercola whinging in her newsletter today, I complained about her fake news and slimey marketing in here, people like her bring this on the rest of us by giving them the excuse they really wanted. Mercola himself does dodgy things telling people they have to be keto, these fads...then again nothing like what Big Pharma has rolled out..!
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    laparra1 Premium
    Good afternoon Mary,

    I will take special care so my grey cells function as good as possible. Hopefully like that I will not be fooled and make well-informed decisions in my future life.
    I do not like to be told to do this or that without understanding all the implications my choice might have. I insist on freedom of choice.

    Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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    MozMary Premium
    lol they are trying to zap our grey cells with 5G satellites...but we will fight it!
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    TeamIceCream Premium
    Sadly, 5G seems to by already implemented here in New Zealand. We are known to be the "test pilot country of the world". Apparently the first driverless car, working on 5G, was tested yesterday in Auckland, having been put through its paces. ;-(
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    LindaBaxter Premium
    You are "spot on" in your article. Most of us immediately ask Google "if....." or "What..." or "How..." before even doing anything. But, the reality is exactly as you stated, that Google is deciding what is real and what is fake. History is being replaced with what "they" want us to believe. Our children and grandchildren are growing up thinking Capitalism is not good etc. and soon we won't be allowed talk about that. What are we to do? That is the question. Hopefully, common sense and reason will prevail. It has in the past, and we must have faith it will today.
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    MozMary Premium
    the younger generations will be 100% reliant on google or some version of google, that seems to be what the internet of things is doing...it's the worst form of capture ever, we lose everything any country has ever fought for...total domination...2019 came in with a surreal scenario unfolding...!
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    TeamIceCream Premium
    Faith alone is unfortunately not going to help, we will ALL have to team together and DO something. Like, stop using Google.

    "If good people do nothing, evil prevails", the old saying goes!
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    LindaBaxter Premium
    Yes I'm very concerned about that. Even the babies often have their Mom's cell phone to occupy their attention.
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    kpercival55 Premium
    Hi Mary...and thanks for the eye opening article, even though it should scare the bejeebers out of us all!

    I guess this should make us want to fight harder against what’s happening, but the question is HOW? It’s up to us to find a way for our voices not to be silenced, and help each other be heard. When you figure it out let us know!

    KyleAnn
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    MozMary Premium
    lol I'm hoping some of those in the know will help us out here, wonder if changing over to another browser would help sink google? it's so embedded on phones automatically now and it may just go buy up the others!
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    TeamIceCream Premium
    Certainly another browser if Chrome is used, but also using another search engine... The question is just "Which one that is not connected to them?"
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    kpercival55 Premium
    I personally use Safari but it’s only available on Apple computers. Not sure about what options are out there for PC users.
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    MBartley Premium
    Hi Mary, very interesting question, thank you for the heads up in this article.
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    MozMary Premium
    Thanks Murray, yes hopeully jaaxy owners will tell us where they see it going long term!
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    YanFellow Premium
    Hi Mary - for many years now, we've been moving into the realms of many a dystopian noves where Big Business rules the world. The Competition Commission does its littlebest but you can't stop money, power and influence.

    Interestingly, Google dropped its "Don't be evil" slogan.

    Says much.

    Ian
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    MozMary Premium
    LOL!

    well let's not make it easy for the industry, I'm not resigned to letting them have it ;)
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    YanFellow Premium
    I'll vote for you! :-)
    Ian
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    TitaWorks Premium
    Sigh! Another one bites the dust.

    -- Netta
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    YanFellow Premium
    C;est la vie...

    Ian
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    UKMerchant Premium
    I completely agree with you Mary. The alternative health industry is always coming under fire from the ‘establishment’. Did they learn nothing from the tobacco scandal? And now they are playing the same game with vaccines and autism. This makes me really mad and it is also a threat to the future of the websites of holistic practitioners.
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    MozMary Premium
    yes, but also history and every other subject, they are 'organizing information directing people to reputable unbiased sites' in every subject!
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    deelilah Premium
    This makes me sick enough to go to bed and stay there.
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    MozMary Premium
    oh come out to fight, we need you :)

    but certainly a good night's rest for all of us!
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    TLedington Premium
    A big rule of the internet for about the last 3-5 years, marketing or no, has been stay away from ANYTHING that could be considered controversial. If you stay within a pretty neutral line, you don't have anything to worry about.

    Conformity isn't great and I think censorship is definitely wrong, but if you own a business that's providing for you and your family, it's something that needs to be considered.
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    MozMary Premium
    some of us are in the health niche and it's not a choice

    being afraid to speak goes against what every country fights for, we are losing all our rights in cyberspace yet the world is being sucked right in completely to owned platforms that are dictators
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    MozMary Premium
    ...but when we think about it, once they get the 'controversial' stuff 'cleaned up' with their 'reputable unbiased' official sites, then they really will have set a precedent for cleaning up every subject into who they consider should be on top, not the free SEO we are using

    they mention 'organizing' the health info, but once they do it in one area they will do it in all, like they mention with history and other things already, and they employed teams of nurses and doctors basically reps for the industry, so same across the board and industry pays for positioning...

    it is happening in the health niche too when they get 100s of millions of dollars the tighten the ropes and want people 'educated' in their own agendas...
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    RoseAnn1234 Premium
    I hear you.
    But, I guess it's hard to balance freedom of speech where everyone is entitled to a point of view and information that can give an alternative thought and may or may not cause harm.

    I personally saw the results of a child being affected when her mother had measles during pregnancy and decided that I wouldn't risk my children's health. Others have seen results of people being affected by the vaccine itself and also decide that they don't want to risk it. It depends on your point of view. Like anything there are pros and cons of each side.

    What is the truth and what is an opinion?

    Unfortunately not everything you read on the internet is true. I met someone who was convinced George W ordered the planes to hit the twin towers because they read it on the internet. I was horrified.

    I know it is hard for those who are in the direct firing line and I do feel for them. If only we could have some arbitrator that we could register with to say 'hey we are not the baddie please let us have a point of view too'.

    Unfortunately too many people who write books and provide information don't have all the information or interpret information in their own way and even studies can show different results depending on the analysis criteria. Aren't we all a little guilty of this?

    How many of us have researched a topic so that we can create a blog post on it. We may not have personal experience or knowledge but will appear to be knowledgeable because we have done some research on the topic and we hope that we have got it right.

    But what if we didn't, what if we reviewed a product and gave an incorrect conclusion? Is there a truth? And what of those people who put WA down because they missed the whole point of this website?

    I don't have the answer and I guess Google doesn't either.
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    MozMary Premium
    google says it has the answer, the NHS is the site it quoted as reputable and unbiased and yet it's a disaster, all it represents is 'industry and dollars'

    money
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    TeamIceCream Premium
    Not only (quote) "and even studies can show different results depending on the analysis criteria", but studies also show different results depending on who pays to get the study done!
    That is what I find scary.
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    apache1 Premium
    Personally, Google needs a good kick up the backside they are getting too big for their boots.

    I would love to see more balance between search engines that having Google with such a large amount of control.

    It is only a matter for time, unfortunately, we may suffer as a result then again we already especially those with health sites
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    MozMary Premium
    yep, too big for sure and we should take them down a peg
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    apache1 Premium
    More than one peg that is for sure
    Enjoy the rest of your week
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    bill808 Premium
    Duckduck. Good results. No tracking.
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    Wayne66 Premium
    It is kind of scary, isn't it? Are we heading towards the full control of what we say, do and think. Maybe it IS time e moved on to other search engines. If enough of us do, maybe it will send a message.

    If they are worried about losing trust, maybe they had better rethink their ideas and strategy and back away from what they intend to do.

    I wonder... is there any indication about what the other search engines think about this?

    Wayne
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    MozMary Premium
    there seems to be more of them popping up, great question!

    what's also scary is they know slowly slowly could work!
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    GeoffGS Premium
    I don't put a penny's worth to his ideas, but Alex Jones picked a good name. InfoWars is exactly what it is.
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    MozMary Premium
    I don't know Alex but info wars yes, that's it...games you'd think people would see through now, industry has a formula we should side step it
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    GeoffGS Premium
    We can side step it, but Google holds the goods. Use of a Virtual Private Server helps, but costs money. It can safeguard your entire home from virtual attacks, making you near to invisible.

    The there's Duck Duck Go (probably the best upcoming search engine). Crypto also has a bunch of new options, but those obviously don't come without risk.

    I don't know but I watch and read. It'll be interesting to see which way the power sways.
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