Please, please help others understand how search sites are returned. I did a Google search for safe weight loss pills. Google returned about 11,800,000 results. The number one site listed was the Mayo Clinic. “The appeal of losing weight quickly is hard to resist. But do weight-loss pills and products lighten anything but your wallet? And are they a safe option … ” An institute such as this with a reputable website had the first position and thankfully so.
Beyond that were sites selling what they claim to be safe, effective, or fast acting weight loss pills. I wonder just how many people believe that the order of sites returned is equivalent to credibility.
Most experienced internet users know that advertising money, site links, and SEO optimization determines the position of search results. That is not to say that all of the sites returned promoting weight loss pills that work are untrue or unsafe. It is just scary to think that a novice may be searching and believe more credible sites will appear higher in the search results. In fact, I have heard it from my own family, “It was the first site listed on Google.” What is even more frightening are the elderly people who have no real clue how internet searches work. They are at a huge disadvantage and the greatest risk, in my opinion.
To come up with the weight loss pill information below, I had to perform multiple searches with numerous combinations of words.
WebMD – “On Dec. 22, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted consumers not to buy or use more than 25 different weight-loss pill products because the products may be harmful to their health…. Some of the products claim to be “natural” or to contain only “herbal” ingredients, but actually contain potentially harmful ingredients not listed on the product labels or in promotional advertisements. These products have not been approved by FDA, are illegal, and may be potentially harmful to unsuspecting consumers.”
Someone looking for accurate, free information may never have received this information on WebMD. Please spend some time helping an internet beginner with searching. Explain what the results returned really mean regarding priority. High in the results doe not mean true!