Reno - 5:02 pm on Sep 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Here's the thing
No, here's the thing: Google is supposedly a search engine, not an ad engine. The implication of the word "search" is people are looking for something so they enter a query and expect a nonpartisan, unpaid, relevant result in the organics. And they rightfully expect the organic results to be front & center. I agree with you that webmasters are certainly not the primary focus, but we should be a secondary focus. As I said earlier, with every update Google pushes the organics down (or slightly diminishes their prominence), so with the organics continuing to be less prominant with every change, Google is not respecting either audience, except for one: the money audience, which is to say, the stockholder dividends and employee bonuses. That audience also deserves consideration of course, but not in the top position from a company calling itself a search engine, when search is presumably their product. If however they ever change the name to "Google the World's #1 Ad Engine", then all criticisms will evaporate.