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Has Google mastered shameless self-promotion?

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UPDATE: Google drops self-promting tips. See below...

Riva Richmond of The Wall Street Journal has posted a column on MoneyWeb entitled "Google steps up self promotion." She writes, "Google Inc. may finally have learned how to promote itself without compromising its principles. Like its own legions of advertisers, it is marketing its products on Google.com."

According to Hitwise, traffic to Google's Blog Search more than doubled over a two-week period in October after Google put a link to the service on the Google News homepage. About 60% of the upstream traff Google Blog Search has come directly from Google News since then, compared with 1% before the change, Hitwise says.

Can we expect to see more "shameless self-promotion" from other Google services in 2007?

Update: Google stopped run these ads on Tuesday, according to MarketWatch.com.


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