trakkerguy - 6:21 pm on May 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
NO reports of heavy jumps upwards
I have several tiny, feeder sites that jumped up several positions to #1 or 2 in last weeks. They have domain name with exact match for the 2 word search phrases they rank for. I haven't put much work on these and never expected them to rank as they do (some were competitors I bought out).
Unfortunately, my main site is going the opposite way and losing ranking and traffic for several terms. It is replaced by exact match keyword domains with far less backlinks (my own, and others) , and article site pages.
I see the beneficiaries being 2 types:
1. Old domains with less current backlink activity. Regaining ranking from years ago.
2. New domains or article site pages with tightly focused content and keyphrase in backlinks.
In my case, I really don't see these results remaining as they are, as some of these newly ranking pages/sites are only weeks old, with nothing but thousands of robot generated blog comments for backlinks.
Seems to me they have to tweak the knobs some more. But I believe the trend does indicate their desire to elevate smaller niche sites that they think are good information for visitors, and bring down larger sites.