docbird - 1:37 am on Jun 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
Back in the day, google results pages were MFU - Made for Users. Brett could write his legendary post, Successful Site in 12 Months with Google Alone
Now, a shift towards more like MFA, or even MFG (Made for Google).
We've had mention of whether bean counters have wrested too much control of Google results pages; to my mind, this too often looks the case.
And those MFG pages aren't always real strong: especially maps for local businesses, which take up so much space and may have minimal or no useful links.
Replies like martinibuster's suggest the way to Successful Site in Google should now include buying adwords, so you can keep doing well on SERPs pages. Grand if commercial site that converts nicely; tougher for many sites.
Bean counter meddling should over time reduce Google's glow, but not quickly.
I suspect that there are (heated) discussions within the plex about the changes, with some arguing for Made for Users designs - including as many of the sites that rely strongly on organic serps results power adwords; and MFU is pivotal to the mission, which does not focus on ecommerce, but is: "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."
Otherwise, indeed, maybe the halcyon days of MFU pages in search engines are over.