I am not happy with the Google results lately with all the spam and blog/msn spaces sites/and sub directories taking over the search results. Why cant something be done about this. I sure wished google would have a good update again and get rid of all this junk and let the quality content sites back in.
IMHO its an Adsense problem. Its turned into a big catch-22 for Google. On the one-hand they make a ton of money from it by making it easy for the world and his wife to set up their own sources of income. As a result, they find their SERPs clogged up with hundreds of sites all basically telling you the same thing and covered in ads.
Be interesting to see how they dig themselves out of this one!
Actually, thinking about this some more, i think ICANN could hold a key here. Were they to make domains a lot more expensive, say $500 a crack, that would make entry into the market more of a decision process. At the moment, a $5 domain, cheap hosting and a template is all people need to clog up the SERPS on a cross-your-fingers-and-hope approach.
But I'm sure that will bring in some counter-arguments :)
That would also have a beneficial effect on domain ownership and free up a lot of the hoarded domains that hinder serious businesses from brand building.
Do you not think that Google has a vested interest in serving up poor results?
I have no doubt that they could serve up quality results, but this would result in less traffic through their sponsored links with a subsequent reduction in revenue.
Google has to balance the quality of (or lack of) results against the necessity to generate income.
The difficulty here could be that if Google's traffic dips, they may have to compensate by moving the quality lever down a notch to maintain income levels. Could be they're already on this slippery slope of self destruction.
Let's hope that searchers begin to realise that Google's results are nothing more than candy floss for the eyes; a visual snack before they get clicking on the PPC stuff, and perhaps they'll start their searching elsewhere. Only then will Google return to delivering quality results.