diberry - 8:28 pm on May 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
@backdraft7 Can you look back at pre-Penguin stats to see about the foreign traffic though?
If they're trying to make sure you spend all your earnings right back to them, that's pretty cold, but it's not a new trick. Miners used to get paid in "scrip", which was "money" that could only be spent at the company owned store, where prices were severely inflated. That way, their earnings just went right back into the company, and all they had to show was company provided substandard housing and just enough food to keep their families from starving.
I still wonder what would happen if you:
--Got rid of any Analytics, Adwords, WMT, or anything else Google could possibly be using to know about your traffic
--Started advertising with somebody other than AdWords for your business
I realize that might not all be practical for you right now, but if it's been going on this long, and you're not able to combat it through better SEO, then cutting Google out entirely might be the best longterm strategy. That's assuming you're right about what Google's intentions are here, and I think your theory is plausible, at least.