A new Google program dubbed "Screenwise" requests users who want to get paid to surf the web using the Chrome browser while sharing data with Google that "Google is building a new panel to help the company "learn more about how everyday people use the Internet."
Google explains that as a panelist, you'll add a browser extension that will share with Google the sites you visit and how you use them. "What we learn from you, and others like you, will help us improve Google products and services and make a better online experience for everyone," mentions Google.
The eligiblity to join the program is 13+ year old, those who have a Google Account, and be ready to use the Google Chrome browser.
In exchange, panel members get up to $25 in gift cards. "Our panel management partner, Knowledge Networks, will give you a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card code instantly when you sign up and download the Google Screenwise browser extension. Then you'll get additional $5 Amazon.com Gift Card codes every three months for staying with it," Google explains.
Those interested and willing to share their data, can visit the Screewise page here.
In other Google news, Google is rolling out a new look for "one line sitelinks," with a small arrow on the left side of where the sitelinks begin. A Google spokesperson confirmed they are "currently rolling out everywhere this week."
Here is the new look Google one line sitelinks:
Google's Matt Cutts clarifies that SEO isn't spam and that no, Ads dont' help rankings. On the issue that SEO Isn't Good raised by the Rockway, Cutts did an video titled "Does Google consider SEO to be spam?":
And, commenting on Rockway's Ads For Ranking Well? -- Google said:
As always, Google search rankings are completely unrelated to Google's paid advertising services and other partnerships, and there is absolutely no way for a webmaster to pay money to increase search rankings.
When it comes to SEO, many owners of high-quality sites can and do get their site listed well in Google's search results without any outside help. Some site owners prefer to have someone else check and optimize their sites, and for these folks we've published some guidelines relating to evaluating SEO companies.
Quote from Rockways's: "If you want to rank highly in Google, be relevant for the user currently searching. Engage him in social media or email, provide relevant information about what you're selling, and, generally, be a "good match" for what the user wants."
Latter, Rockway made a 180 degree turn stating:
"I shouldn't have mentioned ads here. Position on the results page should only depend on the quality of your content; if your site has the best content on the Internet for the user's search terms, you should be the top result. You shouldn't be able to change your position in the organic results any other way, like by exploiting bugs in Google's ranking algorithm. The specifics of the ranking algorithm may change, but if your site is the best, you won't have to worry about it."