Reno - 9:17 pm on Sep 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
the results are worse these days for monetary reason
People on this forum are probably tired of me constantly criticizing Google, but I can't help it because I totally agree with the quoted statement.
I do realize that many folks refuse to believe that their beloved Google-of-Old would put profits before quality. Well, we can agree to disagree, because Google-of-Old has been gone for a long time and at this point I am convinced that monetary considerations are the primary focus (and have been since IPO days).
Individual engineers at G may not want that; Matt may not want that; but the people higher on the ladder want it and they call the shots. The proof is in what we see ~ worse results; organics below the fold; too many penalties for utilizing other methods to generate traffic (like link swapping); Google properties taking over more & more spots... the list goes on.
The one thing I'll grant Google is this: Organizing "the world's information" has GOT to be just about as big a job as has ever been undertaken. But they've done a better job in the past, and now they are losing ground on quality, even as profits go up. Losing quality may bug the PTB on some level, but it would bother them even more if profits dropped, and at Google2011, money trumps everything.