Ready_To_Roll - 4:20 pm on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)
Since I normally get lousy rankings from Google for my commercial sites (even though I'm constantly having my pages spidered recently), this update didn't really affect me, although one of my new non-commercial sites is in the top ten for it's main keyword out of 350,000 :)
However, yesterday I was searching for a local production company that could produce a low-budget show for me. I entered keywords such as 'los angeles', 'video production', & 'low cost'. Nothing usuable was returned. The results were either companies not in los angeles, not low cost, or not video production companies. Or they were government or Yahoo directory results.
Went to good ol' AltaVista, entered the same keywords, and BAM, found a great company on the first page (near the top!) that we might be going with.
I'll always try to get my sites ranked well on Google, but as far as using a search engine for relevant results, well.....