Webwork - 3:01 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
I am curious as to what Google thinks of this..
What I'm curious about is whether G can "see" if the botoperator is querying the SERPs to a) observe how their bot is affecting sites; b) querying in real-time to study "how many hits/zombie visits" are needed to affect the rankings of various IBL/ranking-factor profiles, etc. Without gathering "effects/ranking data", i.e., what the bot is accomplishing other than harrassing sites, considerable "value of the experiment" would be lost. (Again, this assumes the test is a test of a potential knockdown service/bot.)
I imagine, if the monetization model is a knockdown service, that the botoperator needs a lot of data to determine pricing, etc. That data would involve "observing/querying" the relevant SERPs and aggregating that data both in real time (to tweak inputs) and at the end of "the study". If "the service" will be for a private/criminal network then te data would be more for strategic deployment purposes.
I was also wondering if "this system" could be used "to tweak" Google's content network PPC pricing algo/smartpricing". If a well structured bot could affect G's PPC, by artificially lowering/raising bids on the content network, then I imagine that ability could be financially exploited.