sean22 - 11:57 pm on Jun 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
I am 100 and 10% certain now that something is broken with Google. I have doubted many members here and thought they were being too subjective. I have recorded data (scrapbook plugin) that I capture the 1st and 2nd page SERPS from time to time. Comparing them to last DEC. Google is doing an awful job especially the past few days.
Here is the evidence that Google is broken. Clearly and I do mean clearly they are trying to do something with the brands. Page 1 is dominated by brands but #1 in the serps is now a site that is clearly gaming the system. This site popped up during the weekend, maybe little before that.
The most dominant brands have a listing on page 1 and a second listing on page 2. Now brands that have a mere mention of a KW in their description are massing on page 3. Another oddity is an old aged parked domain for sale with exact match keyword is on page 2 with no links and no content. This is a competitive niche where the 1st 2 pages were mostly very good quality.
Guys you think we have it bad? In another niche a competitor of mine who is deserving of being #1 has been on page 3 and sometimes 4 for the longest time. This site is without a doubt the best site and I know for a fact that he lost most of his traffic from 300,000+ to 80,000 a month. I know this because his aw stats are exposed /stats.