Poll: Privacy Policy Change: Maybe Google Now Shares Data For Search Rankings?

Mar 9, 2012 • 8:14 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

sharing informationA locked WebmasterWorld thread asks a question that has been asked hundreds, if not thousands, of times by webmasters and others before. Does Google share information, or link information, from other Google departments such as AdWords, Analytics and so on to search rankings?

Google has said numerous times they do not. Search rankings at Google are completely unbiased, not influenced by metrics obtained via AdWords and such. Honestly, I believe them - but many don't, which is why I am posting this thread. I want you to tell me what you do or do not believe.

But now with new Google privacy policy live, which technically lets them share data between all their properties to improve user experience, technically, it is more legally and ethically acceptable for Google to do this.

So what do you think? Do you think Google search uses data from other Google properties (not Google+ and things we know directly impact rankings) that they said they would not use, to influence rankings?

Please have your friends take the poll.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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