What constitutes a "advertisement" or paid link. I agree that ads should be marked as such but a paid link can be many many things, the least of which is an advertisement. In fact if I link to someone, they find it and link back on their own, that, technically, could be considered "paid". I got that link because I paid with another link. It's a stretch, I know, but the point is the same. Google wants to be notified of paid links because their algo can't do it themselves. But who says any of those paid links are an attempt at deception?
I'm not arguing with you here Dan, just putting my thoughts out there.
No I didn't. I assume that links can be given and recieved for many reasons. Just because it's paid Google should not assume something nefarious is going on and worth of being "reported".
You're talking in circles here. "Matt never said...", "Of course they will..." We don't need specifics to make educated guesses. They want peope to report paid links. They certainly don't want that info in order to reward people.
But others do and will will, hence the plea from Cutts
Acually, I think there is a significan distinction between reporting sites that obviously have intent to decieve users and the engines and reporting sites because we suspect they bought a link somewhere for some reason.
The abuse of power is the fact that Google (unlike yahoo and msn) has the power to shape the internet to fit their algorithm. Instead, they should be trying to fit their algorithm to the internet. Obviosly they feel they are failing in that regard somewhat. If Google didn't have a near monopoly or the ability to change the way the Internet works then there would be no power to abuse.
And this goes right back to the power that Google has.
I fail to see the relevance here. Just because a few ask for something does not make it a good idea. While business must serve their customers Google, like any other business, has a greater responsibility to the environment around them. If their actions negatively impact the environment, in this case the Internet as a whole, they must take that into consideration.
Honestly, I hate making this argument becaus I'm very pro-capitalist but this just seems to be taking things a step to far.
Yes, Google's algo is better than others but it also created some big problems at the same time. I dont' know what's worse other than that I see that the problems created, while not insurmountable, seem to be a real problem for Google because they are looking for snitches. Let's remember, they didn't tell us to report link deception, they said, report anybody who paid for a link. That's where the line was crossed.