diberry - 5:59 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
aristotle, fair point.
When Bayesian filtering for spam first became popular I recall a similar example. The Bayesian filter picked out "FF0000" particularly spammy word. If somebody had an html formatted email with text styled red (with FF0000) it was almost certainly spam.
Yes. And I'm thinking it could be even more subtle than that - possibly stuff none of us can even detect just by looking at out own sites. After all, you may not realize other webmasters are doing the same behavior you are - but Google could.
If you are a threat to their revenue you will not be in the SERPS.
I want to understand what you're saying here better. Are you suggesting that Google may be targeting patterns of sites that constitute a threat to their revenue?