tedster - 2:45 am on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
all affiliates selling third party products and services. They don't own a property or service between the lot of them.
What Google wants is that they add value to the basic affiliate data - not that they sell their own stuff. There's no argument with being an affiliate middle man as long as there's significant value added.
I remember well an earlier time when page one would give you ten different sites with exactly the same text and images, each wrapped in a slightly different skin and coming from different affiliates of the same actual business. As a user, that's a terrible resort and I'm happy that Google took action in this area.
Google like 2 promote site that also advertise on Google, other site will be Panda hit.
Ever since the Adwords program first launched, webmasters have assumed that Google was doing this and Google always said it would defeat their long-term business and they won't do it. I know of several people over the years who have hoped to prove Google was favoring Adwords buyers in the organic part of the SERP, but no one could do it. And they were collecting a lot of data.
I've even seen a study since Panda - and no, it didn't prove any duplicity on Google's part.