arronsky - 12:11 am on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
cannot agree more. The sites in our space that have been rewarded since Mayday have been utterly useless article factories or mashup sites.
The really frustrating aspect of all of it is that Mayday was specifically supposed to remove just those sites-- the ones that don't add value, the ones that simply display content found elsewhere, the ones that have nothing novel or worth revisiting. We've clearly seen Google de-index pages on our site that were 'placeholders' or thin in content, which is fine by us, but be fair and do it across the web.
It's fairly clear at this point what to do to 'win' in Mayday, it's also fairly clear that doing so would be a crippling change in and of itself for most established websites without massive resources or the ability to spawn a dozen or so satellite sites focused on garbage. Another way I look at it is that what tthis set of changes has done is favor both the 'upper' and 'lower' class of websites, and crushed the 'middle' class.
I hate to complain, but it's getting insanely aggravating to check SERPs and day after day see sites produced out of India in broken English with nonsense keyword stuffing articles, or malware containing sites that GOOGLE ITSELF has flagged as being dangerous, constantly creeping up in the rankings.
It's been two months since mayday, this is not going to get much better, folks. We must adapt or die.