Reno - 2:29 am on May 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
Seems many scientific long tail searches are not working so well at this moment
This, IMO, is the number 1 problem that many of us are facing. We have seen that Panda-Google favors the big sites ~ that has been observed over and over, here and elsewhere. So if someone goes to G and types in "widgets", I understand that Walmart or eBay or Amazon are probably going to dominate. I can even live with them getting "round widgets".
But if someone types in "round orange widget from 1955", that's where a little guy with a good site should have an equal shot with the big brand players. And yet, as SanDiegoFreelance and so many others have noted, that's not the case any longer. Long tail at Google is not working the way it used to ~ by accident or by design.
And frankly, I see no logic in surpressing long tail ~ if anything, it speaks to a more sophisticated web surfer, someone who knows what they are looking for. I would think that Google would want to encourage that kind of exact thinking.
I'm convinced that many of us would see better traffic numbers if they could restore that aspect of their algo to a more prominent position. But when "round orange widget from 1955" mostly brings back the big brands in the top spots, we're mostly dead.