scottsonline - 2:02 am on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
@sean22, I can tell you the same is going on in our industry. Some of the true blue, honest and hard working national competitors are getting demolished in favor of junk.
Something else that is interesting tonight. In looking at long running adwords campaigns with 3 year histories with no change in anything...since about 4/27-5/3 the impressions are way off versus the last two years. So what I was saying in earlier posts about customers searching for specific and exact 3-6 word products not returning results or returning junk with no adwords....it's clearly happening as the stats show this to be the case.
I wish Google had focused on detecting and stomping out duplicate sites, doorway sites, multiple domain stores and cleaning up Google Base once and for all versus these "new" changes which have really taken a huge step back. I've been an avid web user for 15 years, an active develop for 10+. I've never seen an update this bad that has broken this many basic searches.
The wife put a dent in the car tonight. In searching for that type of repair in this geographical area 70% of the top 10 are directory/marketing/spam sites. I had to go to Bing to find a local shop that does what I want it to do. Google seems to be not understanding that I wasn't looking for another resource listing these services, I wanted the actual services. Otherwise I'd have just gone to the resource run by the national phone company to get the same information. I'll say it again I cannot believe this was the intended result.