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[edited by: tedster at 7:25 pm (utc) on Sep 16, 2011]
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No, here's the thing: Google is supposedly a search engine, not an ad engine.
The implication of the word "search" is people are looking for something so they enter a query and expect a nonpartisan, unpaid, relevant result in the organics. And they rightfully expect the organic results to be front & center.
I agree with you that webmasters are certainly not the primary focus, but we should be a secondary focus.
As I said earlier, with every update Google pushes the organics down (or slightly diminishes their prominence) [...]
[...] so with the organics continuing to be less prominant with every change, Google is not respecting either audience, except for one: the money audience which is to say, the stockholder dividends and employee bonuses.
My argument has to do with the clear & consistent trend that we see at Google, which is to minimize or even erase the perception between organics and paid. It's purposely tricky & duplicitous [...]
Those of us who have always thought of them as first & foremost a search engine are basing our responses on that foundation...
A lot of frustrations, I feel, come from this particular assumption