carfac - 2:24 am on May 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
Here are some more of my thoughts- not tha I have any particular insight or anything...
1) There are a LOT more people coming here with problems and posting than who are uneffected or benefiting. The people suffering all seem to be white hat, so I think we can rule out penalty. California did not fall into the ocean following an earthquake, so there is no real reason for a decrease in people on the web. There are not hundreds or thousands of new websites that are experts in all our respective fields that suddenly appeared April 28TH. The problem is squarely, 100% at Google. End of story.
We have seen screwed up SERPS before... Google does not seem to be able to build an entirely new DB -AND- Filter the results -AND- keep the old results up while working in the new results at the same time. They need to spider us all with the new algo in the spiders to build the new database (which is why we good, white hat, authority sites are being spidered so hard recently). So I am thinking we should get back to normal... or the new normal- soon, a couple more days I bet. They need to bget the new, clean data inhouse, then filter it, then get it out live.
This current situation is hurting Goog, too. How much has your adsense revenue dropped? Timews that drop by thousands if not millions, and that is what Google is loosing in adwords revenue... we don't make money, they don't make money (in much larger quantities).
I think it is telling that the G engineers have not spent any time commenting on this- they are all probably very busy right now.
So I just think it sucks to be us right now.... but it will work out. If you have a good, honest site and do not pull any fast ones, the searches will be back by mid-month...the 28th at the latest...