diberry - 2:39 pm on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hey Backdraft7, a few people have come in and backed you up, for what it's worth. I agree that RC's phrasing was inflammatory - one can express healthy skepticism without suggesting someone else needs mental help.
For anyone who's interested, here's the old thread which provides lots of stats and IMO makes it extremely hard to doubt that at least some kind of throttling goes on: [webmasterworld.com...]
@timwilliams makes a good case as to why Google might engage in throttling conversions and not just traffic.
This, btw, is why I got rid of Google Analytics last year. The more chance we give Google to know who's visiting, what they're doing when they get there, etc., the more *opportunity* they have to make sure the algo profits them at our expense. I don't claim to know that they ARE doing that, only that they COULD, so why even make it possible?
@backdraft7, I don't know if getting rid of Analytics is practical for you, but I don't see how they could continue throttling anything but the number of searches they send you if they can't track what else is happening on your site.