backdraft7 - 5:01 pm on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
While I agree with the general consensus, I would have to differ that it will always be like it is today. I can not imagine how Google could make a change of this magnitude with googlebytes worth of data and NOT expect a period of upset in the SERPS. Between 2003 and May 17th 2010, we did quite well with the help of Google, so I for one am grateful for their service. Yeah, this current situation bites hard, but I doubt the effect of the shuffle will last too much longer. It's all part of the business of being self employed in the wild west online world. There's always the option of working 9 to 5 for da man, so I'll take the occasional upset over that any day. I'm just happy they did it during a relatively slow sales period for us. If they did this over the holidays, you'd hear a LOT more complaints.
I'll also add that my site is completely hand crafted, and not based on Joomla or Wordpress or some other CMS. I have 70 or so tweaked pages that are all white hat, I am a BBB OLR member, I use SSL where needed (forms etc) and I even use Alert Site to monitor my site for security vulnerabilities. I've been online for over 10 year so my trust level is probably above average. I also own a federally registered trademark for my brand. I'd love to see G index all the uspto.gov trademarks and match them up with products / sites. That way the creeps who steal or pass off on my trademark could get busted once and for all.
Today I am seeing definite improvement in traffic quality. My problem is not with Google, it's with the bums who scrape sites looking to illegally ride our wakes by stealing original IP, then over optimize in an effort to jam our own work down our throats. So if G's algo update can improve that situation in any way, I say Go Google!