MrSavage - 11:30 pm on Oct 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
This is precisely how I feel about what's happening and the direction Google is going. And I mean EXACTLY. I see Panda as the manual review algo. You can't polish a turd unless you exist in the bowels of Google keyword searches. Important or trending searches? Forget it.
People are overlooking what's really at work now. There are three main manual review elements. First, people. Google is hiring right? Thousands of eyes with clip boards in hand. Second, Chrome browser. Telling me that isn't a jackpot of data? You bet it is. I can't confirm this however. And third? Google+. Add up all three, throw those into an algo and you have Panda.
You will, or at least I won't bother trying or think that I can gain or maintain organic traffic on any keywords that actually matter. Sure it could change, but why invest in this insane stock market.
I will tell you what qualifies a term. Importance. Trending. Big money. Medium money. The key in my opinion? If you start raking in the money, guess what? You better be good. Your site better stand up. If you are a high school team, you're about to get thrown up against a major league team. If it's too good to be true? Get ready, it's coming.
Those are my thoughts. If it's anything keyword wise that's hitting headlines etc, your review is coming. It's only been the past couple days of my enlightenment. It explains a lot to me on what I see happening. SEO a human review? You've got to be kidding me. Why do you think so many people are down in the dumps?
The lasting question I really have is whether it's site vs site or if it's page vs page. In my gut I feel like it's site vs site. It's the reason those tech blogs are now overrun with the "major league" CNET, Engadget, etc. Your specialty site? Yeah, sure you have a chance in that game...