Reno - 7:14 am on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
Cutts tells me Google feels the change it is making does improve results according to its own internal testing methods.
We have no idea what criteria Google brings to "its own internal testing". I am not confident it is based on anything that many of us would find to be truly definitive. But I do know this, internal testing by any organization will not necessarily reflect realworld opinion or acceptance. Given the responses posted here by longtime professional webmasters who closely monitor SERPs quality, it should come as no surprise if/when we see additional tweaking in the coming weeks, as was implied by Amit Singhal:
We've been tackling these issues for more than a year, and working on this specific change for the past few months. And we're working on many more updates that we believe will substantially improve the quality of the pages in our results...
In the meantime, for many of us, much of our livelihood is contingent on a ball that is bouncing wildly in their court, and where it lands, nobody knows.