shazam - 6:01 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
Here's another anti-conspiracy point. Since big brands have the deepest pockets, why would it be an income producer to give them good organic rankings?
Surely these are the very businesses that can MOST afford to buy ads. If they can generate more revenue from organic results, then they can back off their ad spend - right?
I work with web businesses of all sizes, from the one man shops to international brands. Google isn't handing out freebies to any of them. And their algo absolutely needs another major shake-up. I hope Brett's right.
I see what you continue to do there. Nice technique. If someone holds an opposing viewpoint, inject a name to give people a subtle pointer to achieve a small shift in perspective. The military loves this technique. We don't call them people, or families, we call them 'targets', makes it much easier to sell mass killing. So if people CAN see the obvious, then let's label them 'conspiracy theorist' and call their reports 'conspiracies' this will make it much easier to persuade the ones that don't pay attention to such techniques and to discredit the view.
Check these companies serps, they are still paying for adwords regardless of any rankings. They HAVE TO if they want maximum traffic. If you've spent any time at all in this industry you know that there is a world of difference in both quality and quantity between the top adwords spot and the second or third, or years ago, the top organic spot and the second or third. These companies ARE paying goo for adwords, because once again, they have to. No other choice if they want the quantity and quality of traffic that comes from the top link on the page.
The damage done to organic results from simply the top three adwords spots (subtly disguised as legit results) is immense. The common person still does not realize that these are paid results and thinks that these are the top three sites that goo has chosen to be the best match for their query. If you work with many clients you will hear this again and again. You say, "your site is ranked #3, and they so "No, its ranked #6." Google isn't about to come clean and make if obvious that these are PAID ADS and have nothing to do with legitimate results.