TheMadScientist - 3:54 am on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
Okay, I skimmed and got to this part:
I get a call from the Google Adwords team offering to get me a #1 spot in Google. Coincidence?
I can see why you're going, ah ha! (and I can definitely see how it would feel like a b*tch slap) BUT I can only see it as 'definitively zombie traffic related' if people who submit a reinclusion request for other reasons while they're still in the results don't get a similar 'opportunity' to be number one in Google for the right price.
IOW: I can see pushing Adwords to people who submit requests, especially if they're still in the results, because what they're 'indirectly stating' by submitting a request while still in the results is 'I want to rank better', but the only way I could see it being definitively correlated to 'zombie traffic periods' is if the rest of the people who submit reinclusion requests are excluded from the advertising offer, otherwise, all I see is 'a request from someone for reinclusion being made, which indirectly states they would like to rank better, so Google's Adwords team tries to capitalize on a sales opportunity and "sell a number one ranking".', but that's not 'cause and effect' of zombie traffic definitively, it's 'cause and effect' of a reinclusion request while in the results and possibly any reinclusion request in general.