Here's a short story you may find interesting.
We've been trying to rank one of our new sites in Google for the past few weeks for a keyword with:
21,100,000 competing pages and
14,800 searches per month
We managed to get to page 1 pretty quickly but seemed to get stuck at positions 4-10.
Our site is actually a paid service and doesn't have any advertising so our initial application for adsense was denied (we've never tried advertising as a revenue stream instead we focus on products/services)
We signed up to commission junction put a few ads on the site and applied again to google. Suddenly we were approved instantly.
We put on a single ad block 2 days ago.
Checking Analytics today we've suddenly jumped to #1!!!
So this leaves me wondering:
Is this a coincidence?
Have you experienced something similar?
is Google's mantra of "Do No Evil" really something a little more sinister?