europeforvisitors - 5:13 pm on Apr 20, 2003 (gmt 0)
I think Google has really been affected by the link barter/sale industry as they seem to have already reduced the value of PR and anchor text in their ranking algo. IMO, the changes have been for the worse.
I disagree. On the whole, SERPS seem to be getting better, not worse. There's still a spam problem in highly competitive categories (travel and popular pharmaceuticals, for example), but if you search on a term like the Hotel Whatsit or a certain male sex drug, there's at least a fighting chance that the Hotel Whatsit or Pfizer's official site for the "V" drug will be listed at or near the top of the SERP.