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WSJ: Google promotes its own products in the results

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Google buys millions of ads in AdWords and shows their products in the top SERP for 91% of relevant keywords in the United States. About this is according to the research conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

The analysis of the search results for 25 thousand of keywords showed that in 91% of cases Alphabet and Google products took the top position in the search engine results.

Below is some data from the report:

  • Search for [phone] almost always return a Pixel is Google.
  • Search for [laptop] always returned the is Chromebook.
  • When you search for [watch] in 98% of cases show is the smart watch Android Wear.

Google is taking all steps to use your own advertising space does not lead to higher costs for clients:

"When Google is involved in the auction, its bets will not count. Thus, the company avoided price increases.

Google notes that the advertising of the products of the company appears at the top of the SERP due to its quality and the price which Google is willing to pay," notes the WSJ.

The press service of the Google article The Wall Street Journal commented:

We create own marketing programs so that it do not affect the ad auction. All our rates are excluded from the auction, when determining the price to be paid by other advertisers. We have strict rules and processes designed to manage the use of our own products.

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