Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 14:58 UTC
In the News It is no secret that Microsoft is doing whatever it can to eat away at Google's immense market share of the search market, with Bing being its most ambitious effort yet. Well, it seems the battle just got a whole lot dirtier, as The Financial Times has uncovered news that Microsoft has approached several news content providers, offering them money if they "de-index" their sites from Google.
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RE: Click through to WSJ
by TemporalBeing on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 18:36 UTC in reply to "Click through to WSJ"
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Both links look the same, but from Google I got the whole story and only a paragraph from wsj.com. It's their own site and they made this loop hole on purpose and they leave it there while Murdoche is spouting all this nonsense. I used the same browser, so even if it was a cookie or something from Google, then I should have still got the second story for free, but wsj.com is allowing the story for free if you are referred by Goggle.


True - I on the links - I opened both, and from OSNews.com got just the first paragraph. Then took the title of the article, and went to google and search for it with the 'site:wsj.com' qualifier - and got a link to the full article[1] that nearly matches what was provided here.

Now, my guess is that WSJ.com gets a referral fee from Google - e.g. $0.05/click or something. So they are probably getting something from Google or they wouldn't have done it. Just a guess though as to why there might be a difference. That is basically what happens with Googles Adwords and other related advertising click-throughs.

[1]http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125898768560860537.html

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