Here is my theory with this update. I see these sites like e#*$!how and sites like Wiki#*$! and etc... that are taking over rankings from authority sites on subjects and its just plain retarded (smaller publishers that deal with one main topic and not 100 plus different topics totally not related).
These sites that deal with 100 different topics have no idea on these subjects that authority sites deal with and they have articles that lead to dead ends (They talk about a subject and it just gives you the run around with no real info on what you needed to know because they have articles on subjects from every topic possible). For example, I look for something on where to get blue widgets and I get a result from a how to company on how I could obtain it but it has no real source of where I could go to actually find it.
Note: Not that it was any better before the new rankings and bing is not any better so dont think im just picking on Google...Hint Hint
Im writing this because Google cant give special treatment to one website just because they are a bigshot and they cried on a pr release like some of them did. (God forbid if they had enough money to get a lawyer or issue bad pr's)
I have not seen any real difference in search results on this change on what I searched for but Im noticing a lot of people that are small publishers and are really not happy with this change on this forum. Google changed their search results because of people whining, and they must know by now its at least 10x worse today.
Ill tell you what, in the good old days we had unions. Imagine if all these publishers ganged together and banned their content from Google. Id bet Google would have a customer service line then! Why dont you have one now?
Here is my advice to Google: Go back to when you were a small company and think that way. You have to be fair and not always think about profit margins. I still like your search results better than any one else, but I think your thinking is off course from your original intentions when you were a start up company.
[edited by: tedster at 8:40 am (utc) on Mar 6, 2011]