As a publisher on the content network, I agree that a focus on quality is a good thing.
I've never really done any AdWords advertising, or affiliate stuff - I'm trying to build quality sites as a platform for displaying AdSense and other systems in order to monetize the sites - but, I can certainly understand the frustration that Google's 'partners' feel when the Big G makes changes that have a major impact, without giving people any direct, clear indication of what the change was and why G feels it applies to them.
And no, a blog entry or an obscure help page somewhere on G's site isn't really what I consider direct, clear communication about a change that applies to *me*.
Ok, go ahead, tell what I already know: That I entered into an agreement with G, that I can 'take it or leave it' and that G has no obligation to do anything for anyone, ever - outside of the specific terms of the agreement.
If, as a businessman, I do *nothing* (or next to nothing) for my partners outside of what is *required* in my agreements, I'm not going to do well in the long run - unless I'm operating what is effectively a monopoly, that is.
So, G has tremendous technical and marketing prowess; sometimes it seems they fall flat on their faces when it comes to partner relations. And that is a major weakness, IMO.
[edited by: inactivist at 5:12 pm (utc) on June 10, 2007]