First of all, good morning to you too. btw. I'm mostly up before 6 AM. I like to start my day early.
Yes indeed, you did :-)
But: that stock photography site and the automobile site aren't spam. normal sites _without_ seo as far as I can tell, and I like to think of myself as IT lubricated :-D
I refuse to accept that. Why did they change the algo on dec 27th? why oh why? the serps were relevant. You could find around 1% spam on overall SERPs. Try to find a relevant site now. Needle-in-a-haystick I think it's called?
Again, I refuse to accept it.
Right now, I can create a site with a title tag: "acceptable search quality", one link with that keyword(s) in it, stick one image with the same alt tag and the site will be on #1. Two weeks later after some scraper-spam-venture-capitalist-webmaster sniffs the power of my #1 site, he'll just copy it, put it on nonrelevantdomainname.com and guess what? I'll be #837, he'll be top 10.