Does Google have a Sinister Agenda?

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I just found a site which holds an incredible position on Google for a very competitive keyword.

The site is nothing but a doorway page (according to Google's own terms) serving nothing else than the purpose to get clicks on AdSense. There is no content aside from one article - the rest is AdSense.

(If you wonder how he got that amazing Google position with such a crappy site: He uses semi-bluefart/bluefart techniques because i analyzed the links and found some more than odd things, to say it mildly...).

But here is the question:

How comes that Google cans affiliates from Adwords left and right because "they dont like Affiliates" (Clickbank et al.) - but at the same time allows a crap site gain an incredible Google position where its obvious the site is only made for AdSense clicks?

Could it be that Google is ok with it because every click is revenue FOR THEM, for such a keyword. While if someone promotes products as an affiliate for a clickbank vendor Google has no benefit, of course..

Wondering...
#agenda #google #sinister
  • Profile picture of the author YoichiSpeaks
    Good point,

    I don't think Google has a sinister agenda per say but I do know that they will take the opportunity if its there.

    Google, at the end of the day, is a business.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    How old is the site?

    Could be that the google adwords swat team hasn't gotten around to checking the site out yet?

    Care to share the URL?
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  • Profile picture of the author mandark
    Keep in mind that it is a bot which is making a lot of decisions about search rankings, and it is possible that if a person who worked at Google saw what you saw, they would knock it down in the ranks for using a gateway page.
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    Using the term Sinister sounds funny for a company that at least at the start made "Do No Evil" one of their basic values. They are not the only ones who seem more than tolerant of useful junk sites.

    Similarly, Yahoo advertising allows you to view a log of ad network sites that your ads have been displayed on, from a marketers point of view those made for ads sites are infuriating, particularly when you see the first impression getting clicks. Yahoo's half solution, scale click cost in proportion to the quality of the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author driven247
    Although I don't agree with some of the things Google does sinister is not a work I would use to describe them. I think I'll use the phrase profiable business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      My neighbor has a beautiful lawn. He feeds the grass and waters it and uses stuff on it to make it green and stuff to kill weeds....

      I noticed two weeds among the tens of thousands of blades of grass in his front yard...does that mean he's cultivating weeds that will take over the neighborhood or that he missed a couple when he used the weed killer?

      sinister agenda? Oh please. Most of the poor guy's weeds come from the weeds growing in my yard in the first place.

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      • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
        Google has the same agenda that every internet marketer has: make money.

        Yes, when we make money Google makes money too. But it would be foolish to think that Google’s main goal is to help us make money.

        Their bottom line is to line their own pockets.
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        • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
          I don't think the situation you described is anything sinister, just typical big corporate clumsiness, institutional ineptitude and so forth. To paraphrase a line from Men In Black, "A person is smart. People working in corporations are dumb."

          Doing keyword research I've found a number of 'interesting' sites that use various forms of trickery to make their sites look entirely legit to Google Adwords and search quality visual reviewers while showing some very thin content sites to search and/or PPC visitors. Some use a rather sophisticated combo of server side and client side scripting to pull this off while others are a bit more simple.

          For example, you might see what looks like a legit medical clinic info site if you type in the address . But, if you enter the site from search results and/or an ad click you'll see a something quite different. If you want to see some examples, do some searches on various mid to long tail terms related to psoriasis. Click some ads and watch the games begin.
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