...ok, so clearly there is a lot to digest with this thread. ;)
Any coments on whether this could develop into a publication standard? What about Google's take on secondary search results?
One comment and a couple question for the group: First, it seems to me that it makes sense that Google would have some human editorial / QA process. No SE technology is perfect. It seems like most of the buzz behind this is in response to seeing the details – the UI, the SPAM guide, etc.
Secondly, speaking of the SPAM guide, I’m curious what other SEMs / SEO’s think of the SPAM guide posted on searchbistro, (presumably a Google doc.) For the sake of argument, let’s presume that it’s genuine and these guidelines represent Google’s view of SE SPAM. Most, if not all of it is not really news per se. I’m curious if anyone on SEW board thinks this may feed back into the SEO world in the form of a publication standard or ‘legitimized’ SEO technique?
Lastly, I thought it was interesting that they addressed domain squatters and secondary search results / PPC pages in this guide as well. It seems like these pages become more popular as companies start to gobble up expired domains. Does anyone think that the publication of this guideline may influence this industry in any significant way? From a QA standpoint, does anyone think that some of the criteria they outline in their “secondary search results” section could be used to identify certain blogger’s pages as “offensive” if they depend on too many RSS feeds (non-unique content) and/or PPC ads?