Is Google Bias?

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Real Estate Services with Waikoloa Vacation Rentals

Throughout the years of doing SEO on my vacation rental site I have searched google millions of times looking for sites to get links from, what sites are having success with, etc. and it always has seemed to me that google was very conissitent in its ranking factors. 

Just recently Google started an investment fund, Google Ventures.  Just recently they invested money in the largest vacation rental advertising company, HomeAway.  HomeAway owns a network of over a dozen sites all offering vacation rentals. 

If they continue to invest in companies that gain the majority of their business from the web I feel it is a conflict of interest for them.  Naturally they are going to want companies they invest in to show up high in the search results, which they control.

Any thoughts?

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Larry Bettag
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It would be a conflict of interest, but it'd be a great business boon to them.  If it were me, I'd do it and find a way to get through the conflict.....You're right though....

October 31, 2010 10:17 PM
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Marchel Peterson
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Rob, Even though it may be a conflict I don't know that they will care.  I have been riding that Google merry go round for years now and it is always changing. I have however found that sound Search engine optimization flies over everything else.

October 31, 2010 10:18 PM
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Don Wixom
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I don't know if they will be biased or just more creative with the Google SEO.. Great thoughts!

October 31, 2010 10:30 PM
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Jeff Getman
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If I were a betting man, I'd take the bet that they will miraculously have the company they own coming up at the top of the searches. It would be a simple programming ploy on their end. Good luck on staying on top of them or at least even.

October 31, 2010 10:35 PM
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I own a vacation rental business at Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. You will enjoy information about Waikoloa, industry news, as well as info on my vacation rentals and company. Since owning Waikoloa Vacation Rentals I also got into the online marketing aspect of the business. From time to time I will blog about industry news and information related to online marketing.