blue_rose wrote in the forum, “The internet has….”gone commercial”, for lack of a better term.”
She’s right. You can pay to have your product “trending”, for example. This gives the impression your widget or your website or your opinion, for that matter, is popular.
But today, I want to talk about “search”. It’s getting harder and harder to find things via a search. Google has it’s bias but this problem is about to get much worse.
This is because there are tools out there now, that allow a person to manipulate search results on their site. These tools are proliferating quickly. (Pluto in Capricorn)
The tools (or WordPress plugins) allow a person like me to direct your query to certain pages. For example, today, if you search “asteroids” on this site, you will pull up a variety of content. With one of these tools, I would be able to direct you to whatever content I wanted you to see…presumably, I’d send you to a page where I am selling something.
Think about this. The free content is out there, but you can’t find it.
I have no plans take this site in that direction. It’s not because I don’t want you to buy anything. I do want you to buy things here, I can’t survive without sales.
But I don’t want to be part of this other way of living where people are herded like cattle. And I didn’t work for all these years so that I could deprive people of what I created to help them. Hopefully, there’s enough appreciation out there, people will willingly support this site.
Have you noticed the internet becoming more commercial?