Jessica97 - 6:03 pm on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: Jessica97 at 6:06 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]
Quick update on what I'm seeing:
a: syndicated content searching for a title from duplicated articles still rank usually at least the top 1-4 on most searches sometimes 1-6 or more (even though the exact same content is on up to 15k sites ---word for word) But granted this is a different type of long tail search, done for an article title, it's not a product or something with high commercial intent.
b. different types of terms, items or products with commercial intent, so for example some of them mentioning specific product names -- one of which has been mentioned in this thread already appear to rank very well (#1) for spammy, auto generated pages - keyword stuffed that have lots of content on them but the content makes no sense. Shouldn't these be the types of sites that are targeted for low quality?
c. If it wasn't so sad it would be amusing. But I'm getting comments and questions from non techy users who don't know anything about all this asking me why they can't find what they're looking for now using Google. Just in the past few days...so if even end users who don't know how to get anything back from a search engine other than the "search term" that they put into the search box can't find what they're looking for--that's not a good sign.
d. I had a few personal sites that I have done nothing to for at least 6 months, some a year. Just noticed that one of these has gone from position #3 to position #1 for it's main keyword. The others have either maintained their results or gone up --no updated material and they were actually setup to post some info to be shared for meetings that I attended long ago, so more an informational base, but nothing new has been added, no links, nothing.
[edited by: Jessica97 at 6:06 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]