diberry - 7:52 am on Dec 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
it is not an "analysis" to jump to a conclusion that it's all about increasing Adwords income.
Whoa, there. I didn't jump to that conclusion. I actually said pretty much what you're saying and offered falsifiable reasons why I doubt the Adwords theory.
I remember a lot of people on this board over the years calling it a "conspiracy theory" when people suggested Google wanted to become a one-stop shop so you didn't have to click through to our sites anymore, but now Page has more or less said that very thing. Sometimes theories we can't currently verify or falsify do turn out to be correct.
The Adwords theory is no more conspiracy than the one-stop-shop theory - but it does have a fatal flaw. While it was obvious how Google might profit more by being a one-stop-shop, that's not the case with the Adwords theory.
Until someone can show me how Google expects to make significant money from their perspective by using zombie traffic to hopefully push a few webmasters to buy Adwords and not, heaven forbid, one of its competitors.
As for backdraft's phone call, as luck would have it I did submit a reinclusion the other day. I'll let you know if I get a similar call, but I'm not holding my breath: I don't use Adwords.