BaseballGuy - 2:10 pm on Mar 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
I thought Google was already dinging "over-optimized" websites....as recently as 2-3 years ago.
So this statement by Matt Cutts means that they were lying? Or is Matt Cutts lying right now to (honest) webmasters in order to appease upper management?
As many people will agree with, the search results have gone done the toilet with Google (long before Panda hit....but when Panda did hit, it became a joke). The only sites that rank right now are major brand names (with multiple brick-and-mortar locations).
The spammers are sitting back right now, flush with millions of dollars in ad money made over the years and when the next Google changes hit (and screw over the good guys who aren't doing anything wrong) the spammers will just regroup and out-do what Matt Cutts is trying to prevent. I have seen it time and time again over the past 10 years: No matter what Cutts does, the honest webmaster winds up getting screwed and the spammers just disappear and then re-appear kinda like that liquid-metal-thingy from the old Terminator movie.
Google is a complete joke and I hope Bing sees this and realizes this is a perfect way to capture market-share. Bing doesn't need a billion-dollar advertising campaign, because once guys and gals like us start seeing that Bing is better than Google, due to the nature of the internet, it will spread like wildfire, all the way down to average mom-and-pop-internet-user.
There will always be a way to game any system out there, and someone will always figure it out. This public press release or whatever it is by Cutts is in my opinion, nothing more than sword rattling. If he had some serious changes under his belt why would he make it public for?
If I have figured out how to finally kill the termite nest in my house, why would I go out and tell my local newspaper so that every person in my town could hear of my accomplishment?