MrSavage - 11:24 pm on Sep 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
Tedster I would never suggest it's across the board. I think what you may be missing here is that they only raise the bar on what "crummy" is at the tipping point. There is still tons of trash and it would appear they don't care about that. Not a lot of searches and the means there isn't a lot of money in those areas. Google pushed the squash button (not an instant effect) if you find yourself in a subject that "sort of" falls under the scope of the a giant 5 star prestigious website. All the people pointing out the exceptions are failing to realize that most likely those subject garner no real interest. Interest in only based on search volume and the amount of money in those areas. If your contacts run well established sites, okay they could withstand the tipping point. If they are in areas where giants lurk then they are not safe imo. Anyone who is not well established or is trying a new site etc needs to be really clear on the futility or potential futility of their best efforts. Of course people can have a site that can withstand a raised bar even in those premium keywords/subjects. That most likely has taken a long time with a lot of effort and I would suggest those situations don't help 95% of the people wanting to learn about how this works and what to do with Google right now.
I'm still not clear on what Florida like is. I'm assuming that means baffling, massive, destructive, etc. Correct? What I'm thinking is along the lines of this:
Adsense sites, people running affiliate ads = exploiters and less quality.
Algo change = less exploiters = cleaner more fantastic organic search results = a cleansing of the internet as it were = decision making time for a lot of webmasters
Of course I say this within reason.