Str82u - 2:49 pm on Apr 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
No Kidding, the way G has leveled the playing field for small sites/webmasters you could almost say big brands are the sites being penalized.
they don't need Google to give them a pass
@TOI, in reference to "Not one search engine I can think of has ever grown...serving ads that are better than their organic results", isn't that kinda what we're doing? Better ads on our sites means more money but G doesn't have to worry about losing traffic to users clicking out on ads as much. I never saw a search engine with better ads than results but I have seen them push organics past the fold (ASK) and use the target attribute for those listings. I understand good ad copy gets clicked but can't see that ruining G if the users are cool with it (does the ad end the search?).
I was on a video chat with AdSense team members explaining why I wouldn't add more or modify the current ads, they were a little pushy at first but conceded to my SEO approach admitting (twice and very categorically) that they had no clue there was just a algo rollout and had no idea what effects it would have.
AdSense Reps were calling and telling people they would make more money by putting more ads