TheMadScientist - 7:09 am on May 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
I hope you're wrong but, what could be the reason from the Google point of view to take such decission?
Maybe the smaller sites really are (and have been) more topically focused, but (using tedster's thought about G being able to do more with the long-tail now) previously they've had to default to PR or even overall size + weight + trust to have the semblance of accuracy, and now they don't need the 'high PR trusted mega site' to occupy the top spot(s) and some niche specific sites geared directly toward what people are looking for are going to replace them for the long-tail queries? IDK, just a thought and pure speculation.
The reason I haven't gone the 'mega site' direction is there are too many people chipping away at the edges of your traffic and there's not enough ability to 'micro manage' a site that's too large of scale, IMO, and I've thought a day where they were not the answer for rankings was coming, but I could be totally off base, even though in reading through this thread that's sort of how it looks.
Another thought or two I had when deciding to not go with a mega site:
There are people here who run mega sites and are going to 'crunch data' for two days to try and figure out what's going on, and what I keep wondering is how long someone who has to do that is going to be able to outrank my 20,000 page niche specific site when I'm aiming at you and your rankings? Then I turn the question around and ask myself if that's the position I want to be in or do I want to be the person running (managing) a few of the 20,000 page niche specific sites and just chipping away at other sites until my super-specific sites are stuck at the top?
Here's another question that might lead to some answers:
How are you possibly going to 'dial in' the SEO on 1,000,000 pages you have to 'generically' manage across a bunch of niches the way I can focus a 20,000 page site?
IMO The only thing you can really hope for is G gives you credit for overall weight and doesn't change anything, because the sites I run can be so much more 'niche optimized' than a huge site can it's not even funny.
Maybe something along these lines has changed (is changing)?
Again IDK, but from what I'm reading and seeing it looks like it.