Leosghost - 12:34 pm on Jun 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
Imagine they've done a deal with Microsoft and Apple for user metric stats via their browsers (internal exit rate, time on page, url).
Your imagination overunneth :)
Nothing in doing that for MS or Apple..in fact the precise opposite..it would harm them ..they would be fools to do so ..they are not fools..:)
Oh my God, another realisation......
Links are now completely useless to you unless they drive traffic to your site and the visitor then interacts with your site in a way that looks natural or perhaps reacted well to your site. Any anchor text attribution will only have impact if the link is there for genuine reasons AND drives people to your site who like it.
Blimey, they've nailed this!
Traditional business rules apply. Advertise, drive traffic to your site, make your site a great user experience.
That is how it has always supposed to have worked..:) since before Google..it sometimes didn't, and was manipulatable..
What changed the way that webmasters looked at user experience etc was adsense ..where the goal of many webmasters became how to get the maximum number of visitors, any "quality", by whatever means, and how to get them in and off the the page as quickly as possible via a click on an adsense ad..
Google have been dealing with the fallout from their creation of this cesspool ever since..
Those of us who did not build our sites with this "churn" model ..have always known what you have realised..
This is why many of us have not suffered either during or after these purges..even though frequently the scum does seem to float up to surround us..
And ehow gets a pass because Google will not apply the ressources needed to ID original from human or machine scraped..and as that method "churn" appeared to be working..many did not realise that to base an Ecommerce site on anything resembling it, made it too vulnerable..