tedster - 6:38 pm on Jun 26, 2007 (gmt 0)
I just noticed that the link to read the actual patent was bad - it's fixed now. I appreciate that my chosen quote might have other interpretations when taken in isolation. But when I read this clause in context (easier to do with a fixed link), I think it's clear that they are not talking about the result being clicked on here. This part of the patent deals with general monitoring of ranking positions over time. Not that Google doesn't monitor click rates - clearly they do.