Traffic has been solid the past week. Bounce rate dropped about 8% with this last update at the end of March. Conversions are up. Some of this is a bulking of content on our site.
The SERPS also have started to remove some of the spam duplicate sites. However and I think this is important to bring up there still seems to be an issue with similar words. I did a search tonight that was very specific. Google provided a bunch of results that were bad. How so? One of the word in the phrase was minutes. I got back some really bad sites with terrible grammar, spelling and that made no sense. Think "bake the cake for 5 moments" instead of minutes. That is not the example but I'm seeing this over and over in the last week. Instead of returning exact matches I'm getting spam because the exact matches are deprecated.
Tonight is the first time I've seen it on this level and to this extent. Surprising as it reminds me of Webcrawler days. Is this the algo not fully grasping the English language, seo optimization penalty side effect or some combination? Remember my tumbler versus tumblr comments a few weeks ago? These problems seem to be growing.