Bill Slawski reports on a new Google patent that manipulates search results based on query patterns and click results. As Bill explains Google can track when people search for a few related terms and then click on a specific page and develop aggregated information when this action is repeated and give a higher ranking for sites that the group clicks on most often.
Seems like a form of behavioral targeting to me and also gives insight in to how Google is working to take the users’ preferences to provide better results. Downside would be that now know people can manipulate this one fairly easily. One wonders if they plan to apply this to Adwords as an addition to their Quality Score or even other advertising mediums.
What it does show is that Google is aggregating search actions and want to use the information, if they are not already. The patent is just making sure the method is theirs.