You may or may not be following the SOPA / E-PARASITE controversy. If not, as website owners, you should be. The SOPA/E-PARASITE/PROTECT IP bills, summarized below, are a huge injustice to our rights, and the American way.

Google Product Search “Eats” Small Merchants

The data standardization within Google Product Search has put like products from very large retailers capable of deep discounts in the same page product lineup with smaller merchants who cannot compete on price. The smaller merchants who would generally seek to make their listing somewhat unique to grab longtail product searches can no longer do that. Smaller merchants in the product lineup with Pet Smart for example, have few options to elicit a click from a searcher.

Disapearing Sitemaps

Many of my sitemap submissions are gone! Sites, such as PRO-Webs which has been live for years and years suddenly have no sitemap in Google Webmaster Tools. Now, I do check Google Webmaster Tools rather infrequently, but last month the sitemaps were all there, alive and well.