econman - 3:44 pm on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
@tedster, robert and goodroi: I know it is a lot of work, but could you start a new thread for this update with a summary of your personal favorites from this thread to start clean?
I think it could be useful to start off a fresh thread with a sharper focus on what's really going on (as opposed to commiseration and misery loves company commentary).
Personally, I would like to see more brainstorming (and empirical observations) focused on trying to figure out what is going on behind the scenes:
What data is Google using in its new effort to detect "low quality"?
How has the algorithm changed in an effort to reduce combat "low quality"?
Is the focus primarily site-wide, or page-specific?
What is unique about sites/pages that are losing the most traffic?
If such a new thread were started, it might be helpful to include selected posts from some of the earlier threads (in addition to this one), including these threads:
Google Goes After AdSense Farms
Big changes promised shortly at Google
Matt Cutts: "chase after your best interpretation of what users want"
New Chrome extension puts content farms on notice!
and perhaps this one as well:
Matt Cutts: Google Algo Change Targets Dupe Content
It would also be helpful to gently suggest a few ground rules to help maintain focus.