Sgt_Kickaxe - 7:53 am on Jun 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
I should think they would, as WW members should represent a substantial source of GOOG revenues, no?
No, they won't treat any particular group of people any differently. If anything they monitor the forums, and other sites, to see if we've figured out something that works to game Google with but that's it. They have metrics in place that tell them what's hot, how many visits is normal, etc...etc. They see problems and anomalies before others do unless a site happens to work within the rules but is getting abnormally high rankings/visitors, then they try and find a way to stop that from happening.
In the end it's a lot of people in a room who are trained to find spam and remove it. The quality of the index reflects upon this group but they are only doing as instructed so it ultimately reflects on Google. That group doesn't visit this, or any other site, every day.
They have nothing to do with adwords.
I personally HATE seeing the top 3 results of any search be ads, it doesn't belong ahead of results and shouldn't mimic the appearance of results, and for that reason alone I will take my spend elsewhere. I'm pretty jazzed about the yahoo/bing ad platform changes, competition should heat up.