So true unless you have a very specialized field. In the construction trades you have lots of competition so you'll be competing with their marketing too.If you haven't gone through these tutorials, you are throwing money out the door. May as well feed it to the dog.
There is political bias to that report, that's why my comment.I read on a little and it seems that these guys (authors) are blasting the blog writers for the same thing that newspapers have been doing since their invention. Swaying public opinion. As in this blog entry which was hyper linked in the article above:
I would also like to know who wrote what you copied and pasted in your post above. Would you mind giving us the link?
Pew Research Center is hardly an unbiased opinion, as I have witnessed the exact opposite from them in their behavior concerning national fisheries management issues where they effectively fund the experts (university researchers) and "help" them to extrapolate their findings in favor of the trust's secret endeavors.
The "Don't believe evrything you read" lesson that these guys are pushing about Google can also be applied to themselves. that is what simple people describe as "Ain't that the pot calling the kettle black?"