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[edited by: Dave_Hybrid at 4:14 pm (utc) on Sep 16, 2011]
1) Google intends to drive affiliates out of business (but then we already knew that).
since the Panda is supposed to select the best sites for visitors, I wonder why do they need human reviewers on top of that. If a site is good enough to rise to the top, what justification is there to manually demote it?
Google intends to drive affiliates out of business (but then we already knew that).
I don't think Google has a problem with affiliate sites, as long as they are offering a genuine user experience
but would that mean that google could essentially feasibly start Google.com/loans, and offer their own loans?
Are these loan offers sponsored?
Yes they are. Google is paid when you contact a mortgage lender through Google Advisor. We work directly with the lenders to provide you with details of available offers, and a better experience. By default, we show offers with the lowest APR at the top of your results.
How often do you update rates?
We update the mortgage rates listed in Google Advisor several times a day to make sure that the rates you see are up-to-date.
Credit Cards [google.com...]
Are these credit card offers sponsored?
No they are not. Google is not currently paid for showing these offers. We work directly with banks and search the web to find available credit card offers. By default, we show cards with the lowest intro balance transfer APR at the top of your results.
Walkman, can you honestly say there are no pages in your site/s that have no copied content or very thin?
but would that mean that google could essentially feasibly start Google.com/loans, and offer their own loans? Suppressing all other loan companies and banks in the SERPs?
Maybe the winners among the affiliate publishers are making up for what the losers have see evaporate. If the networks ARE feeling a significant negative impact, then they should be getting vocal.
I do however question a sitewide Panda penalty
Google will control more and more of the media, likely getting mainstream. For example now we have smart TVs it doesn't take a genius to work out that we will likely see an Android OS any time on these.
The penality should be for pages they check, how can someone say there is something wrong with your whole site after a manual check of 3 or 4 pages.
It's a penalty for lack of better word, but the consensus seems to be it is an algorithm that checks certain criteria, if you do not meet the standard then your site will suffer from reduced rankings, which is essentially a penalty.It almost certainly checks how users interact with the pages. The trick is that your traffic is horrible after being hit by Panda and you get traffic for "cheap widgets with yellow ribbons" when you just mention yellow ribbons on your "cheap widgets" page. Obviously many click back. So they send you bad traffic and then penalize your entire site for it, when all they know is that the page might not be an ideal match for the keyword they sent. It's almost criminal, I hope they pay for it one way or another.
3. Google has had thousands of human quality raters checking the SERPs for years long before Panda. If that army as grown lately as you say (please share the source for that information) it may also have to do with their new focus on scraper sites.
It almost certainly checks how users interact with the pages.
I dont know about thousands, but i do know about hundreds and their quality is more than questionable, I participate in their programs once in a while. At freelance outlets they hire for a few dollars. I hang out there too, because the insight you get there you cant buy for money. (I participated for example recently in a Google Maps project too, and mostly people from Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Phillipines were rating Google Map serps from Germany ) and no I never had to sign a NDA..., and at one freelance site (starts with an o and ends with a k) they claim to be the biggest employer...