Grooveshark is the easiest find for music, in Google

Question: how relevant is this? How many people start looking for a service for streaming music, without having been prompted by a blog or a comment from someone else?

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image from Google search results define our world. To anyone, looking for anything, the first 3-4 options in a Google Search are the only sites that exist online. We all know about the latest and coolest music sites and services. The average person doesn’t. If a friend doesn’t tell them about Tubeify and they don’t read tech blogs, they’ll never hear about it. Save for a stray alert on Facebook or Twitter, most people won’t hear about these sites unless they’re searching for them on Google. Yes, they might Bing it too, but I refuse to accept that verb.

After a short experiment, the results were rather revealing. Whenever I searched for “music streaming”, “free music”, “listen to music online”,”listen to music”, and even just the term “listen”, the results were almost identical. In these search results, Grooveshark rose to the top of the list. Every single time. Except one.



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Google, These Aren’t Really The Best Answers For Users. They Are The Best Answers For You.

Or are they?

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Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran an article pointing out how Google is increasingly favoring its own properties, in search results over natural results to outside sites which previously commanded the top spots. This practice is especially noticeable with Google Places and local results, but there are other examples as well from product and mortgage search to health search.

Displaying local results this way is a little less in your face, but the end result is the same. In both cases, the main link still goes to the businesses’ own websites, but the Google Places links are also prominent. Either way, the message is clear to local businesses: list your profile in Google Places and you will have a better shot at appearing at the top of the first search results page.

Are these results better for users? It depends on how good are the Google Places listings. Some of them are very good, I will admit. But try any local search and I bet you will consistently get Google Places results, sometimes taking up most of page—not always at the very top, but always as a block. They can’t all be better than results for businesses which don’t happen to have a Google Places listing. Remember, Google Places is still fairly new and developing. Google is clearly using its main search page to push Google Places and make those listings more prominent. Over time, it will become a self-fulfilling prophesy and those listings will be the best because businesses will learn that is the most important place to be in order to be found by Google.



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