vordmeister - 3:00 pm on Feb 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
drall's post rings true. My own pages also tend to require a significant investment in time and money to prepare. My philosophy has always been to give users what I think they want in the hope the search engines are aiming for the same thing.
That used to work, but I'm less convinced that search engines are still aiming to give users what they want. They have become more commercial and seem to be all about making money these days.
If I were a search engine looking to make money I would fill the top couple of spots with boilerplate made for adsense rubbish so users are more likely to look at the ads. Or if they do accidentally click on a result they'll be able to escape via ads from there too. Double win.
It'll take more than the good intentions of Matt Cutts to change that. But good luck.