physics - 10:34 pm on Aug 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
Ranking in Google is not easy but those high rankings are still worth cash. I have to say that what's eroded, along with the cleanliness of the 'organic' serps page, is the 'unwritten agreement' that seemed to exist when Google first started. The unwritten agreement was this: "We (Google) are going to steal a bit of your (website owner) content in exchange for giving you nice prominent placement on our search page." It was like there was a mutual respect between Larry, Sergy and YOU. After all, as academics they were trained that basically just taking people's content and pasting your ads all over it was wrong. Part of what happened is that the world changed. People are more tolerant of sharing their content than they used to be. But also part of what happened is that Google became a "Corporation" with a capital C and they became less concerned with academic appearances and more concerned with the bottom line.
This is the GORG's internal thought process over the past few years: "Let's shove a few more ads up at the top there, let's add our own youtube results right at position 5, let's move those ads in closer from the right, let's put a bunch of our own product listings in there, let's harvest every image on the web and then put our ads next to them, etc." "Me. ME. MEEEEE! MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" "Oh, yeah, and you measly little website owner. You are a spammer. You should be ashamed of yourself. You bought links. Go say 100 Hail Mary's and cry yourself to sleep. Just to be nice we're going to decide to not totally kick you out of our index so long as you promise to be good and rat out all of your competitors." Good times.