tedster - 6:37 pm on Feb 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
I once put Chitika on a page - and took it off within 24 hours. They were serving really bad spammy ads about weight loss, that had nothing to do with my content which was technical, and made the page look really rotton. I'm sure lots of other people have had the same experience.
You're right, that is definitely the current situation. I'm saying the quality and nature of the alternative online ad market would change very quickly if Google used Adsense as a negative organic signal in some way.
I don't see Google moving too far from what they do now - if a page is dropped from the organic index as spam, it also gets dropped from the Adsense program. I can't see Adsense being part of the new heuristic that moultano says they've developed.
I'm thinking more along the lines of user data with the possibility of some natural language processing thrown in. And of course, if content farms do what Demand Media says they are doing - actually upgrade the content - then the game changes for the better. I really don't care if the page was created by a contract writer as long as it gives me accurate information that is relevant to my query's intention... well, maybe I do sometimes.
I care about finding authority websites in legal, medical, scientific fields and the like. I care about finding the original source of a news story. Maybe moultano and friends have found a way to improve trust and/or authority.