RedCardinal - 7:30 am on May 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
@diberry couple of points in reply:
1. How would they simply add a goal? Someone manually visit your site, purchase something, and then note the URL? How would they do this algorithmically? How would they then be able to test that their algorithm was actually identifying the correct pages?
2. GA is updated in batches not real-time, so how would they use GA data to then throttle your site accurately by goal URL hits?
3. How would they integrate search with GA? Do you think they would use the API to see how many hits a page had at a given time and then throttle based on the response?
Honestly, I feel there's some irrationality creeping in this thread. I understand real people and businesses are hurt by Penguin, but a rational thinker would look at some of the ideas in this thread and simply say "why?". I've not seen one good reason mentioned here as to why Google might do what some are suggesting they're doing.
If Google doesn't like your site it's far easier for them to:
a. adjust your rankings
b. remove your site altogether
c. throttle the referrals they send you
I've yet to hear one good reason why they would throttle based on what actually happens on your site, and anything that correlates to this is IMO pure coincidence. Again all opinion, and again apologies if anyone was offended by my earlier comments.