and Google have been fighting over whether or not Google should be
able to index and offer content from News Corp publications or any
other publication that requires users to register online. The problem
for Murdoch is that readers can access stories from the WSJ
online without having to pay thanks to Google indexing the
Murdoch has reportedly been in talks with Microsoft
to have Microsoft pay to have News Corp block
its content from Google indexing. This would effectively keep the
content out of the Google search engine. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has
previously stated that News Corp didn’t
want to "piss off" readers by forcing them to pay for
content or removing content from search indexes.
that Schmidt and Google are having second thoughts on such a strong
stand against News Corp and other publishers. The search giant has
announced that it will modify its First Click Free program to prompt
online readers to register or subscribe to a news providers site
after reading five free stores from the publication in a single
As it is now readers can read as many stories as they
want from a publication in a day without being prompted to register
as long as they don’t click other links in the story body. Google
is saying that the new system will allow publishers to keep their
content in the Google index and still encourage readers to
Google's Josh Cohen wrote, "As newspapers
consider charging for access to their online content, some publishers
have asked: should we put up pay walls or keep our articles in Google
news and Google search? In fact they can do both -- the two aren't
Google maintains that it will not
change the rankings of paid articles in its results, the stories will
be ranked on relevance. However, the search engine states that paid
content may not do as well as free content.
A statement by
Google said, "Paid content may not do as well as free options,
but that is not a decision we make based on whether or not it's free.
It's simply based on the popularity of the content with users and
other sites that link to it."
quote: I gather then that news organizations like UPI, AP, Reuters, etc are all scumbags and shouldn't be paid for anything they do.
quote: I guess on the same line of thought, "reality TV" should be free as well (nobody should be paid for anything) seeing as how it's only reality which is "free".
quote: CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews channels should also be free too, now that I think of it seeing as how all of their material is free reality. Are they 100% volunteer organizations seeing as how they shouldn't be able to charge money for anything?
quote: The simple answer (guessing here) is that Google buys a subscription for whatever piddling amount it costs then indexes away.