jsherloc - 7:50 pm on Jan 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
Just the idea of OOP is kind of ridiculous, hypocritical, and SCARY IMO. They have an entire department dedicated to helping webmasters "optimize" their websites in tons of different ways, but if you do "certain things" a "certain way" (both of which are UNKNOWN and remain UNKNOWN for the most part, not speaking blatant BH tactics here) Google now apparently gauges your "intent" and passes judgement that affects your site's POTENTIAL long-term. This is all very slippery to me as it certainly strays away from Google trying to find the most useful END RESULTS in the SERPs(ie the relative BEST content)
Instead, now the focus/filter seems like it initially judges the webmaster's intent,...so we shouldn't try to produce the best webpage for a specific search phrase because the search volume threshold is high for that phrase and therefore the market is competitive, and therefore we might be "over" optimizing in order to EVENTUALLY get there? Riiiight. That is just frightening to me.
What about the fact that your competitors can build garbage anchored links all day long to your websites now? So, if you have the relative BEST content/webpage for your niche, but you've used the search phrases as your page title and h1 tags, and you have larger amounts of incoming anchored links AND some additional internal anchored links on your homepages...you MUST no longer have the RELATIVE best/most useful webpage then? Because you COULD be manipulating search results...but isn't that basic onpage optimization as well? I genuinely don't understand...
I 100% agree that it exists BTW...just complaining lol.