robdwoods - 5:48 pm on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
Not holier than thou, maybe just better. I tons of top 3 rankings for competitive terms and have never been smacked by a single algo change in 8 years. I'm not suggesting you "just build a great site and follow google's guidelines". I'm saying that if you aren't just trying to exploit a loophole and actually do the hard work that it takes to get a site to rank, and you know what you're doing, you aren't likely to get hit by algo updates. I have tons of sites that might take a hit if Google changes the weight of exact match domains. I'm just not sitting back and waiting for it to happen. I expect it will happen and I'm taking steps to mitigate it before it happens, rather than exploiting the weight they carry in the algo now, resting on my laurels, and then complaining when Google makes a change that makes sense for search quality (like reducing the weight of exact match, or cleaning out a bunch of low quality content mills)
Please spare us your holier than thou attitude. We have heard it all from many people, only to see them cry and bash Google the next algo update. We're discussing serious changes and issue not "follow google's guidelines and ..."