Freedom - 8:35 pm on Jun 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
Tomorrow is Thursday, isn't there another "update" scheduled?
Seriously tho, it should be no surprise that a webmaster favorite turned corporate behometh is growing more and more desperate for money/earnings. They all do it. They all go through the same predictable growth patterns.
The drive for more and more and more earnings will only continue, until everything on the first page is a paid ad, or website driven by mega dollars regardless of the quality of content.
Something like: the "Wal-Mart-ing" of the web. Wal-Mart is a corporate giant, but that doesn't mean you get the best quality of products there. "Wal-Marts" will take over the front page for various reasons that won't seem fair or righteous to many hardworking webmasters here. But then, all the mom and pop stores that went out of business because of the real Wal-Mart can already tell you that.
I kind of realized years ago this was the natural progression of how organic search traffic would develop, and I am glad my strategy against it seems to be working. I'm still making a living...for now.