randle - 1:35 pm on Mar 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
Who Believes There is Still "No Link" Betweeen G Depts?
Me, I dont believe, or see, any evidence of a consistant effort of the Adwords, Adsense and Organic programs (the only ones anyone cares about) working in concert to achieve a bottom line increase for Google.
I certainly wouldn't put it past them, their capable of it technologically and I certainly dont think its some sort of ethical thing; its just good business for them not to muddle the organic results with financial factors that would be very hard to inject algorithmically. The risk of really upsetting the apple cart is to great.
I will say there is a rather incestuous relationship Google has created between their organic results and their Adsense program. They tend to talk a little out of both sides of their mouths when it comes to this dynamic; they profit from aggressive seo (which they claim they look down on) aimed at increasing Adsense clicks.
I dont believe the organic and the Adsense departments have any departmental "link" between them, but one puts an awful lot of pressure on the other.