outland88 - 8:05 pm on Jul 9, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: outland88 at 8:10 pm (utc) on Jul 9, 2013]
I’ve argued since 2005 Google knew the only way to deal with the spam problem was to “fix” the results which became the brand solution. Fix meaning rig the results, for lack of better words. Google has always known the spam problem was related to Adsense (which many honest Adsense webmasters absolutely don’t want to here) but wasn’t about to kill their “golden goose”. To argue it was related to Adwords is simply preposterous because about all search engines have a form of advertising that didn’t yield a $900 stock. Google wasn’t smarter or better they just gobbled up the marketplace by putting every Tom, Dick, Harry, and Violet in business via Adsense.
I now accept the fact that Google wants to be a “knowledge base” based upon you giving them free information. I will not do so. Ms. Mayer said roughly the same five years ago. What’s in play is just basic Marxist theory. The top results were previously your advertising for making money that many no longer have. Increasing strictly the site size at this point in competitive areas would be a daunting task. Personally I choose to form relationships outside of anything related to Google.
[edited by: outland88 at 8:10 pm (utc) on Jul 9, 2013]