SevenCubed - 2:18 am on Jul 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
That's a conspiracy theory that doesn't hold any water
Please tedster, please please, really. What shazam is saying is very accurate. Please don't shoot him down like that. I have no difficulty whatsoever recognizing the overall theme of what he is saying. It may not be apparent in the results you are seeing but there is absolutely no question that:
1) - Organic is being pushed off the first page.
2) - They are doing it slowly over time so it is less perceptible.
3) - They are doing this in an attempt to push businesses to AdWords
As for the other points I don't know, I haven't looked for that kind of behaviour so I can't say for sure.
Calling that post a conspiracy theory is the very thing that I posted in last night saying that I get discouraged attempting to bring SERP behaviour into the spotlight for reasons like getting shot down like that. I've already given up trying to explain the intangible benefits from valid code that you consistently tell people to stop posting because you say it's not true. It's not an item on the list of 200 but the spin-offs of valid code produces by-product pluses that are on that list of 200, it is UNDENIABLE.
If you discourage people from expressing overview trends as they see them unfolding, such as this one, what point is there to come here anymore?