AdRank, Affiliate Marketers and Max CPC
DougS pointed out this thread at Webmasterworld where on the second page, an anonymous Google employee confirms that many Googlers run Adwords accounts. As you can imagine, this has fueled much debate over the ethics of such an arrangement, particularly in light of the original posters situation, where it really does appear that there are very few explanations as to why his account has suffered - Insider knowledge is the prime suspect.
By policy, AdWords employees may certainly have AdWords accounts. Please rest assured, however, that they are thoroughly monitored and governed by a list of requirements as long as your arm - designed to ensure no conflict of interest.
It is perhaps worth noting that everyone concerned with AdWords, whether an engineer working behind the scenes, or the person that answers your email, is actually encouraged to have a small AdWords account. The purpose of this is to make sure that everyone who works on AdWords knows exactly what it feels like to be an AdWords advertiser.
Bottom line: Many Googlers have AdWords account. IMO, It's a good thing, and it certainly is no secret. I can understand why this is concern to some of you, and I can also say with a great deal of confidence that you may rest easy.
The response directly after that sums up the feelings of wmw members perfectly:
"Wow! So you and I are playing poker but you get to see my cards?"
So, is there a conflict - i'd say yes, there most definately is, but im not sure what the answer here is, and I can't argue that first hand knowledge of running an Adwords account is a bad thing either - in fact, it almost has to be a good thing.
But you can see where the conflict lies.
Thanks very much to DougS for the catch!
What do you think?