swampdeer - 2:36 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
Yes, just like backdraft7 says above, I've been looking after about 20 sites, some of them for nearly 10 years and I get to know which ones deserve traffic and which ones really shouldn't get any.
I'm seeing all the trashy sites rising up the rankings and the quality sites falling.
Some of these clients are providing excellent content and information for their visitors (on my advice) but they are all getting increasingly frustrated by small 6-page websites with links from 500 auto-created blogs, 1000 spammy forum posts and automated social bookmarking.
And like Tigger mentions above, most of these auto-created blogs have one off-topic video and a heavily spun article. I can't believe that the algorithm has come to this.
On the other hand, there must be plenty of webmasters out there rubbing their hands with glee, watching all the visitors roll in to their sites.
Perhaps the best SEO advice these days is to advise clients to hedge their bets and create 3 different websites, one with great content and good links and the other two using various spammy and black hat techniques to fill the gaps in these sort of unusual algorithmic epochs?